KLM Cityhopper takes delivery of the 17th E195-E2 and puts all Embraer aircraft in service

The Dutch carrier’s regional division has suffered from Pratt & Whitney GTF engine availability issues since the beginning of the year.

Regional airline of the Air France-KLM group, KLM Cityhopper invested heavily in the E2 family of commercial jets from Embraer.

The carrier signed leasing contracts to have 25 E195-E2s in its fleet, and thus expand its transport capacity as the aircraft can carry up to 132 passengers.

However, as has happened with several airlines that have chosen Pratt & Whitney’s GTF engine for their aircraft, Cityhopper was faced with the need to upgrade the turbofan for safety reasons.

But the US manufacturer was not prepared to carry out so many services at the same time as the engine issues affect not only the Embraer E2s but also the Airbus A220 and the A320neo family.

KLM Cityhopper E195-E2 (Dylan Agbagni (CC0)

That’s why KLM Cityhopper had to leave several E195-E2s on the ground due to lack of flight conditions. At the beginning of the year, as ADN reported, more than half of the fleet was out of service, forcing the airline to cancel flights.

PH-NXR in service

After about eight months, the Dutch regional airline finally seems to have overcome the difficult phase. On Tuesday, August 15, the PH-NXM jet returned to a commercial flight between Amsterdam and Berlin, Germany.

The E195-E2 was the 1,700th commercial jet delivered by Embraer, but it has been grounded since December, shortly after arriving in Netherlands.

KLM Cityhopper E195-E2 (Embraer)

It is a contrasting situation with the Embraer registration PH-NXR. The brand new E195-E2 was delivered by the Brazilian company on August 12 and also on Tuesday it made its first revenue flight to Stavanger, Norway.

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With the new E2 and the return of the PH-NXM, KLM Cityhopper now has 17 Embraer advanced model aircraft. And the best, with all planes finally in service.


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