Posted on: 13 January 2016 by Ross McSweeny
Embraer has announced KLM Cityhopper has confirmed options for two additional E175s included in the OEM’s 2015 fourth-quarter backlog with an estimated value of USD 88.8 million based on list prices.
The two aircraft are part of an original contract covering 17 firm orders (15 E175s and two E190s) and 17 options (all for the E175 version) announced in March 2015. KLM Cityhopper now has options for 15 E175s remaining.
“For almost a decade KLM Cityhopper has operated E-Jets, becoming one of the largest customers of this aircraft family in the world, so we are extremely pleased that they have confirmed these new acquisitions, extending our great partnership,” commented said Paulo Cesar Silva, president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “We wish even greater success to KLM Cityhopper as it continues to modernise its fleet in order to face the very competitive aviation environment in Europe.”
The two new E175s will join 30 E190s already flying with KLM Cityhopper, two of which were delivered to the airline as part of the aforementioned order in in December 2015. The first E175 will join KLM Cityhopper’s fleet in March 2016. When the last aircraft from this order is delivered, including these two E175s, KLM Cityhopper will have 47 E-Jets, the largest E-Jet fleet in Europe.
“We are pleased to confirm the options for two additional Embraer E175s. The E175 will be configured in a single-class layout with differentiated pitches to accommodate for European Business Class, Economy Comfort and Economy Class. With the leather upholstery this makes the Embraer extremely comfortable for our passengers,” described Pieter Elbers, KLM’s president and CEO.
Boet Kreiken, managing director of KLM Cityhopper, continued, “The E190 cabin and seat appreciation by our passengers, the operational reliability, the advanced maintenance technology, the fuel consumption and CO2 footprint contributed to KLC success. Our operations will be reinforced with the E175 and its attractive economics starting to join KLC fleet in a couple of months.”