(30 Sep 2021) Hokkaido Air System’s (HAC) latest ATR 42-600 left Toulouse on Wednesday bound for Japan, with a brand new One World Alliance livery and using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for the first leg of its ferry flight.
The aircraft is the third ATR 42-600 that the airline has received since its first delivery in December 2019 and becomes the 14th ATR -600 to operate in Japan.
The ATR has proven to be successful in connecting communities across the Japanese archipelago, thanks to its effectiveness at taking-off and landing on short runways.
Another reason for the aircraft’s success in Japan is its fuel burn efficiency in a country which is extremely diligent in reducing its carbon dioxide emissions.
ATR aircraft burn up to 40% less fuel than a similarly sized regional jet and therefore emit up to 40% less CO2.
Further emission savings are possible by fuelling the aircraft with SAF and ATR recently launched a project to fly an aircraft fuelled with 100% SAF. A demonstration flight is planned for Spring 2022 with a target of 2025 for the possibility of using 100% SAF on commercial ATR flights.
Painting Hokkaido Air System’s (HAC) Third ATR 42-600