Japan Air Commuter (JAC), the regional arm of Japan Airlines, has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600, converted from the order of an ATR 42-600. JAC has already received four ATR 42-600s and has three more on order.
JAC became the second Japanese operator of ATR aircraft in 2017, following the delivery of an Amakusa Airlines ATR 42-600 in August 2015. Alongside five ATRs, JAC operate three Bombardier Q400s and six Saab 340s. The airline has options for a further 15 ATR 42s. ATR remains confident that there is potential for further expansion in the Japanese market, saying in a statement that more than a third of domestic routes in Japan are below 300nm (556km), a range suited to their turboprop aircraft.