KLM Cityhopper firms up 5 E-Jet options

Embraer and KLM Cityhopper, KLM’s regional subsidiary, have signed a contract for a further five Embraer 190s, firming up options originally placed in August 2007.

The total value of the deal, at list price, is $214 million, based on January 2011 economic conditions. The initial deliveries of this new order are scheduled to take place during the first half of 2012. The carrier still has options on two more E-190s.

“It’s very gratifying for us to see KLM, one of the world’s most admired and respected airlines, continuing to build its fleet of E-Jets,” remarked Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer executive vice-president, airline market. “This is the third consecutive year for KLM to firm up options, which underlines the success of the E-Jet family in modernising KLM Cityhopper’s fleet.”

KLM Cityhopper operates 17 E-190s on its regional European routes, all configured for 100-seats in a dual-class layout. With the latest order, the fleet will expand to 22 of the type.

“KLM Cityhopper is really satisfied in its choice of the Embraer 190 for the fleet renewal programme. This has been validated by a strong set of operational results, which have led to increased profitability on some routes,” explained Boet Kreiken, managing director of KLM Cityhopper. “Market and passenger response to these aircraft has similarly been very positive.”

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