The company sees a market for 100 regional turboprops for Japan over the next seven years.
ATR presented a product and market update in Tokyo on the occasion of a visit by its new CEO, Stefano Bortoli, who was appointed to the top job in September.
On the basis of market and social-economic trends and developments, the Airbus/Leonardo JV estimates a need for around 100 turboprop aircraft between now and 2025 to upgrade the existing fleet and open up new routes for ongoing tourism development within Japan as well as the further expansion of regional connections.
Bortoli said he saw important growth potential in Japan over the coming decade: “Connecting smaller, isolated communities, increased local tourism and flights to world heritage sites as well as the celebration of two major worldwide sports events will boost regional travel in Japan and ATR is the ideal tool for offering country-wide connectivity.”
ATR delivered its 1,500th aircraft, an ATR 72-600 to Japan Air Commuter (JAC), in October. The first ATR delivered to Japan was an ATR 42-600 to Amakusa Airlines in 2015.