Tuesday, October 9, 2012
LINK to Operate First Japanese ATR Fleet
LINK, a new Japanese regional carrier, will become the first Japanese operator of ATR aircraft with a new fleet of leased ATR 72-600s.
The ATR 72-600s will come equipped with Pratt & Whitney 127M engines and Thales full-glass cockpits.
ATR said the 72-600s will enter into service for LINK in late 2013.
“Today is a really important day for ATR. We are entering a new and huge market which may bring us substantial commercial opportunities in a country with some 130 million inhabitants. The introduction of these ATR 72-600s with LINK will give us the opportunity of further consolidating our newest 70-seat aircraft as the reference for regional operations. We will make sure for offering all the supports Link will need for its future success in Japan and commit to this important market. The ATR 72-600 features the lowest operating and maintenance costs of the market, as well as the newestnavigation aid tools for optimal performances. In addition, we are pleased to bring into Japan an aircraft which is largely recognized as the greenest one among all regional planes,” said Filippo Bagnato, CEO of ATR.