KLM has taken delivery of its first Embraer E195-E2 from the Embraer factory in southern Brazil. The new type joins KLM Cityhopper’s existing fleet of 32 E190 and 17 Embraer E175.
The Dutch flag carrier originally ordered 21 aircraft of the type via leasing companies at the Paris Air Show in 2019 but increased the order by four aircraft a few months ago.
Pre-pandemic, the plan was to use these additional aircraft to replace some older Embraer E190 and Boeing 737-700 and to expand to new destinations. For the time being, KLM Cityhopper will deploy the first aircraft on short-haul routes throughout Europe, with the inaugural flight taking off on March 1st to Warsaw. A second aircraft is expected to join the fleet next Friday with the remaining aircraft joining the fleet over the next three years.
With a seating capacity of 132 seats in an all economy layout, with an Euro-Business class at the front of the cabin, two rows of regular Economy but with extra legroom, these aircraft offer 32 additional seats compared to the E190 currently operated by KLM Cityhopper.
Jan-Hendrik is an aviation enthusiast from Germany, loves to travel the world and fly on as many aircraft as possible. His first flight was with a Condor 757 to Spain and has been interested in aviation ever since. His fields of expertise are aircraft accidents and passenger experience (PaxEx).