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Japanese start-up Toki Air takes delivery of the first ATR 72

Japanese start-up Toki Air has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an ATR 72-600 leased from Nordic Aviation Capital.

It is the first of two turboprop aircraft that the Niigata-based low-cost airline will fly when it begins operations in 2023. The aircraft, registration JA10QQ, was originally intended for Romanian flag carrier Tarom but is now on a 10-year lease to Toki Air. .

Toki Air is Japan’s fourth ATR operator, after Amakusa Airlines, as well as Japan Airlines units Japan Air Commuter and Hokkaido Air System. The airline is affiliated with Tokyo-based aviation training and support company Toki Aviation Capital.

Toki Air Vice President Masaki Hasegawa says, “This first aircraft will enable us to serve our higher purpose by providing responsible and reliable air connections to communities in Niigata Prefecture and surrounding regions. We look forward to seeing Toki fly in the skies of Japan.”

ATR is optimistic about its prospects in the Japanese market. In June, the aircraft designer published a forecast of 100 ATR aircraft in the country in the medium term.

The company adds: “In countries committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and preserving biodiversity, such as Japan, ATR aircraft have proven themselves: connecting communities and businesses across the archipelago in the most responsible way.”

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