KLM signs firm order for 17 Embraer aircraft

As part of a fleet renewal, KLM Cityhopper has purchased two Embraer 190 aircraft and 15 Embraer 175 aircraft, with the former due for delivery in December this year and the latter scheduled to be delivered between March 2016 and June 2018.Additionally, options have been taken for a further 17 new E-Jets which will go to either KLM Cityhopper or fellow Air France-KLM Group airline HOP!.
The arrival of the new Embraers will be synchronised with the phasing out of 19 Fokker 70s currently being operated by KLM Cityhopper. In 2018, the carrier’s fleet will consist of 30 E190s and 15 E175s aircraft. The airline hopes having a single aircraft fleet, with cockpit crews able to operate both Embraer types, will mean a huge increase in efficiency both in terms of fuel burn and increased seat capacity.
“Purchasing these 17 Embraers and taking out an option to order an additional 17 in the future, represents a giant stride for KLM in terms of fleet renewal,” remarked Pieter Elbers, president and CEO of KLM. “KLM continues to invest in its fleet and product in order to offer passengers the best, as well as reaffirming KLM and KLM Cityhopper’s commitment to our customers.”
Boet Kreiken, MD of KLM Cityhopper, added, “This strategic decision ties in with KLM Cityhopper’s policy of ongoing innovation. The new fleet will contribute even more towards optimal operations, serving the seven million passengers who fly with KLM Cityhopper each year.”

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