20 June, 2019

KLM might take 35 E195-E2 jets

Embraer says KLM intends to order up to 35 E195-E2 Jets

Embraer has announced at the 53rd International Paris Air Show that KLM Cityhopper intends to purchase up to 35 E195-E2 jets - which if confirmed would include  15 firm orders with purchase rights for a further 20 aircraft.

The list value of this deal would be USD 2.48 billion but the deal has a real value of just over half that amount and would be added to Embraer's backlog if KLM firm up the deal. "With a fleet of 49 E-Jets, KLM is already the largest Embraer operator in Europe," said John Slattery, President and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers, said, "Embraer has been a key partner for KLM and Cityhopper over the past ten years. Our customers appreciate the E190 and E175's. The E2 would be a welcome addition to the KLM fleet, giving us greater capacity flexibility and help to manage down costs. The E195-E2 also supports our sustainability goals with lower levels of noise and emissions."

KLM Cityhopper started the process of replacing its fleet of venerable Fokker aircraft for E-Jets in 2008, in order to enhance the existing network and to permit the efficient development of new routes. KLM Cityhopper's all Embraer fleet currently has 49 E-Jets, the largest E-Jet fleet in Europe – 32 E190s and 17 E175s.

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