KLM Welcomes Last Embraer of Current Order for KLM Cityhopper
Last year, KLM Cityhopper signed an order for five additional E190 aircraft from the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. This economical aircraft will replace part of KLM’s Fokker fleet. Sixteen of KLM’s 20 Fokker-100s have already left the fleet. The four remaining aircraft will be phased out of operations and sold before the end of the year.
The Embraer 190 is also deployed by Régional, Air France’s regional subsidiary. The E190 can carry up to 100 passengers and offers a spacious and comfortable 2-2 seat configuration. Owing to its efficient design, including upturned winglets on its wingtips, the E190 is more economical, with fuel consumption at least 10% below that of its predecessor. This also ensures lower CO2 emissions.
The new Embraer is the third aircraft in the KLM and KLM Cityhopper fleet that has the SkyTeam livery. The first of these aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER, landed at Schiphol in August 2009, and KLM Engineering & Maintenance later also decorated a Boeing 737-900 with the now familiar grey-blue livery. It has been agreed that all SkyTeam members paint 3% of their fleet in alliance colours.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands and hubs – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Retaining its own identity, the group focuses on three core businesses: passenger transport, cargo and aircraft maintenance.
In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group, which further includes KLM Cityhopper, transavia.com and Martinair. KLM serves all its destinations using a modern fleet and employs over 33,000 people around the world. KLM is a leader in the airline industry, offering reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of enthusiasm and sustainable innovation.
KLM is a member of the global SkyTeam airline alliance, offering customers an extensive worldwide network. The KLM network connects the Netherlands to every important economic region in the world and, as such, serves as a powerful driver for the economy.
SkyTeam is a global airline alliance providing customers from member airlines access to an extensive worldwide network offering more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. Passengers can earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles throughout the SkyTeam network. SkyTeam member airlines offer customers access to over 490 lounges worldwide.