Airlines KLM takes delivery of first Embraer E195-E2

Aircraft manufacturer Embraer has announced, that KLM has become the latest operator of the E195-E2 aircraft.

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The delivery of the first E195-E2 to KLM Cityhopper represents the addition of yet another Embraer E2 operator. The first E195-E2 has been delivered during a ceremony held at Embraer´s facility in Brazil.

Now, KLM Cityhopper performs its regional and European operations with a fleet of 50 Embraer jets. This latest is the most environmentally friendly with the best operational performance, as state-of-the-art technologies on board help the aircraft to achieve these goals.

The aircraft is leased from ICBC Aviation Leasing, which will provide KLM with 10 E195-E2s in total, while lessor company Aircastle will bring the overall order to 25 jets with the introduction of 15 airframes. KLM also has the option to add 10 more aircraft

“The new E2 is really going to make a difference,” said Warner Rootliep, Managing Director of KLM Cityhopper. “The addition of the E195-E2 to our fleet is a vital part of our plan to reduce our carbon footprint at least 50% per pax/km by 2030. The 195-E2 is not only an economically attractive aircraft, it also fits perfectly within our sustainability initiative – ‘Fly Responsibly’. We are now more than ever committed to reducing the impact of our environmental and ecological footprint. Fleet renewal is currently the largest contributor to CO2 reduction.”

KLM is a global leader in airline sustainability and is continuing to take actions in order to make operations more sustainable. The E195-E2 delivers a 31 percent reduction in carbon emissions per seat when compared to the older E190s in KLM Cityhopper´s fleet.

Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, added: “This amazing aircraft dressed in the famous blue of KLM, delivers a new level of sustainability because of its low emissions and noise levels […] It’s the cleanest and quietest single aisle aircraft on the market today. KLM leads the airline industry in bold climate initiatives. KLM’s decision to choose the Embraer E2 is a powerful endorsement of the E2’s role in achieving those environmental goals.”

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has strict noise abatement rules and with the noise footprint of the new E195-E2 being 60 percent smaller compared to previous generation aircraft, the airline is contributing their part to making the airport and the area quieter.

KLM Cityhopper is the regional airline of KLM and currently operates with 17 first-generation E175s and 32 E190s. The new E195-E2s will be configured with 132 seats in a three-class layout. 20 customers can be welcomed in Business Class, eight in Economy Comfort and 104 can be accommodated in Economy Class.

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