KLM has just received its latest addition to the fleet, a brand new Embraer E2, which will become an important aircraft for the Dutch carrier as it looks to modernise its regional fleet. The new 195-E2 aircraft type is both quieter and more economical than its predecessor the Embraer 190. Seven new aircraft of this type will be joining the KLM Cityhopper fleet this year and four of those before the summer. KLM has ordered a total of 25.

The aircraft will commence operations on Monday, 1st March across its European network. However, it’s no small bird. The aircraft can carry 132 passengers, making it the biggest in the KLM Cityhopper fleet, which now consists of 32 Embraer 190s and 17 Embraer 175s. In addition to remarkably little noise in the cabin, passengers get to enjoy the special mood lighting, ergonomically designed seats, extra legroom, USB connections and bigger baggage bins.

Interestingly, the most noticeable element within the cabin is KLM’s decision to opt for two separate seat types. On the surface, the seats offer an equal experience, but at the front, where there are 28 seats across 7 rows of 2 x 2 dedicated business class seats, the product from Recaro has been upgraded, offering personal device and literature holders as well as adjustable headrests.

The seats in the economy section, while still 2 x 2 offer no headrest and a less useful seat back, with no secondary upper literature pocket or personal device holder.

Warner Rootliep, Managing Director KLM Cityhopper said “Not only is the 195-E2 an economically attractive aircraft, it also fits perfectly within our Fly Responsibly sustainability approach. This will enable KLM to make its own operations and the sector as a whole more sustainable. Now, more than ever before, we’re committed to reducing the impact we have on our surroundings and our ecological footprint. At present, fleet renewal makes the biggest contribution towards reducing CO2 emissions.”

KLM will become the carrier with Europe’s largest Embraer fleet. “We’re incredibly proud that with KLC (Cityhopper), we’ve been able to make such a huge contribution towards developing KLM’s European network in recent years. The more efficient, sustainable and comfortable 195-E2 serves to strengthen our competitive position,” adds Warner.

As of today, KLM Cityhopper’s fleet consists of 50 aircraft. This makes KLM’s Embraer fleet the biggest in Europe. Another six aircraft will follow this year, with the remaining 18 being delivered in the years ahead. KLM also has an option on a further 10 195-E2s.

Posted by:Jonny Clark

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