KLM Cityhopper, the regional arm of carrier KLM, received this Tuesday the first Embraer E195-E2. The aircraft is part of a leasing agreement entered into with lessors ICBC Aviation and Aircastle in 2019 and which includes 25 jets in addition to 10 options.
KLM’s E195-E2 is configured with 132 seats in three classes – 20 in Business Class, eight in Economy Comfort, and 104 in Economy Class. Cityhopper is a traditional Embraer customer, with 17 E175 and 32 E190 in its fleet.
“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.”
“This amazing aircraft dressed in the famous blue of KLM, delivers a new level of sustainability because of its low emissions and noise levels.” said Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “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.”
The Dutch carrier recently extended its order, increasing the number of E195-E2s from 21 to 25 aircraft related to the contract with Aircastle.
KLM Cityhopper is the fifth customer of the E195-E2 model, the largest passenger jet ever produced by Embraer. The aircraft already flies on Azul, Binter Canarias, Belavia and Air Peace, the first airline in Africa to receive the Brazilian jet.
Currently, there are 14 E195-E2 jets in operation in the world, out of a total firm order of 153 units. According to Embraer, the new jetliner will be able to reduce carbon emissions per seat by 31%, compared to the E190.