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Japan prepares to welcome its first ATRs with Air Link, receives JCAB certification

30-Oct-2013 9:52 AM

ATR obtained (29-Oct-2013) certification to start operations of the new ATR 72-600 in Japan. This certification, granted by the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau, marks the last step before the introduction of the first ATRs by Air Link. The first ATR 72-600s will arrive in Japan in Nov-2013 for a new regional airline. As part of the certification process, Japanese authorities have approved the operation of the new equipment of the new ATR-600 avionics, such as the MPC (multi-purpose computer), as well as new autopilot, communication, navigation aid and flight management systems. With the forthcoming introduction of the first ATR 72-600s into Japan, ATR is about to gain a foothold in one of the few countries in Asia where its aircraft had not operated so far. To date, there are almost 260 ATRs operating in the Asia-Pacific region, operated by 50 companies in 23 countries. ATR CEO Filippo Bagnato said: “The arrival of the ATR in Japan marks a major step for the European aviation industry. This certification opens up more business opportunities for providing regional services in the archipelago with aircraft which are not only at the forefront of technology, but which also offer the highest standards of comfort along with the lightest ecological footprints. We are pleased at the prospect of being able to give Japanese travellers the opportunity of discovering the multiple benefits of the ATR-600, the most modern aircraft in their category”. [more - original PR - ATR] [more - original PR - MLIT - Japanese]