Japan Air Commuter (JAC) removed its last Bombardier Q400 from service Nov. 30 as the airline phases in ATR turboprops.

The Japan Airlines regional subsidiary is adding ATR 42-600s and 72-600s to its fleet, including the first ATR 72 delivered to a Japanese carrier. The airline took delivery of its first ATR 42 last year, and added its first—and so far only—ATR 72 in October.

JAC began 2018 with eight Q400s. Following the removal of the last Q400, the carrier's fleet comprises five ATR 42s, one ATR 72, and five Saab 340s.

The Kirishima-based carrier has three more ATR 42s on order. The carrier’s ATR 72 was acquired after converting an ATR 42 order to the larger version, leaving open the possibility that more ATR 72s could be added. JAC upgauged to the ATR 72 to help better match demand to capacity on higher-demand feeder routes.

Sean Broderick, sean.broderick@aviationweek.com