Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ryukyu Air Commuter to fly island-hopping charters.

Starting today, Ryukyu Air Commuter (RAC) will be operating island-hopping charters in the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa prefecture, in the southernmost region of Japan. A De Havilland Canada DHC-8-100Q will operate a Okinawa/Naha (OKA/ROAH) - Kumejima (UEO/ROKJ) - Miyako (MMY/ROMY) - Ishigaki (ISG/ROIG) - Naha rotation in four days. RAC will operate 10 rotations between March 11th and 23rd.
De Havilland Canada DHC-8-103Q JA8973 taxies at Naha. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

Flight schedule:
RAC3801 OKA 1215 - 1250 UEO DH1 March 11 - 20
RAC3803 UEO 1335 - 1425 MMY DH1 March 12 - 21
RAC3805 MMY 1450 - 1545 ISG DH1 March 13 - 22
RAC3808 ISG 1630 - 1735 OKA DH1 March 14 - 23

Now operated for seven consecutive years, these flights are part of a packaged tour arranged and sold by Tokyo-based travel agency Club Tourism International to visit the Kumejima, Miyako, and Yaeyama islands. About 300 participants will come from Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. Flight RAC3805 is expected to provide a sightseeing opportunity of the Yaeyama Islands before landing at Ishigaki.

RAC is a commuter airline connecting the Ryukyu Islands operating a fleet of one DHC-8-300Q and four DHC-8-100Qs. It is owned 72.9% by JAL Group's Okinawan arm Japan Transocean Air (NU/JTA), 5.1% by the Government of Okinawa, and the rest by local businesses.

Source: Japan Transocean Air, March 7th. (PDF; in Japanese)
Source: Aviation Wire, March 10th. (in Japanese)

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