Dallas – A new airline was born in Japan. Toki Air has just celebrated the delivery of his first ATR72-600 as it prepares to begin operations as a new regional Japanese airline in 2023. The new airline will be based in Niigata (KIJ) and initially fly to his three destinations within Japan. .
Tokiea is a planned LCC established by the Niigata Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Niigata Association of Corporate Executives. A preliminary company was established in Tokyo in December 2019 and fully incorporated in July 2020. On May 24, 2021, Toki Air conducted a test flight from Tokyo Narita Airport to Sado Airport.
The carrier was scheduled to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2022. However, it has been postponed until late March 2023 at the latest. Tokiea and ATR signed a global maintenance agreement in September 2022 for the operation of his two leased ATR 72-600s starting in 2023.
Comment from ATR Toki Airlines
At the handover ceremony, Mr. Masaki Hasegawa, President and CEO of Toki Airlines, said, “We are delighted to be entering service with the ATR72-600 soon. Thanks to its unmatched versatility, reliability and affordable performance, ATR aircraft is an ideal choice as an airline and for our country.This first aircraft will serve as our higher Allows you to serve your purpose. I am looking forward to meeting the Toki flying in the sky of Japan. ”
Toki Airways has placed an order for 36 ATR family aircraft, including ATR42 and ATR72, in July 2022 through NAC, a leader in civil aviation in the region, aircraft leasing company. NAC has worked with airline-to-airline ATR over the years, as well as other regional aircraft manufacturers such as Embraer and De Havilland Canada, on a number of leasing agreements.
ATR CEO Nathalie Tarnaud Laude said: market. The support available through ATR Global Maintenance Contracts also ensures the most reliable and efficient service. ”
ATR, perfect for planning crested ibis
The ATR family of aircraft often forces the construction of airports with short runways in Japan’s smallest cities, as Japan’s geography consists of highly irregular terrain and high hills. Therefore, it is perfectly suited to Tokiea’s needs.
ATR is designed not only because of its short take-off distance of only 800 meters, but also because of the high fuel efficiency of the aircraft, which enables airlines to reduce costs and offer lower prices to their customers with adaptive and cheaper fares. In addition, we build aircraft specifically for these situations. -Incomes in small Japanese cities.
There are currently 15 in flight across the country, and ATR estimates there may be 100 ATR aircraft in the medium term.
Featured Image: Toki Air ATR 72-600 (F-WWEW): Fabrizio Spicuglia/Airways