On Friday Embraer delivered the first EMBRAER 190 jet to KLM cityhopper, the regional airline subsidiary of KLM, during a ceremony to be held at Embraerâ€™s headquarters in SÃ£o JosÃ© dos Campos, Brazil. The deal with the Dutch airline was announced in August 2007 and includes ten firm orders, plus nine options, for the EMBRAER 190.
â€œIt is a real pleasure to deliver the first EMBRAER 190 jet to KLM cityhopper and a great honor to see the company as part of the Air France/KLM Group, following Franceâ€™s RÃ©gional, flying their colors on Embraer E-Jets,â€ said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice
President, Airline Market. â€œKLM cityhopper is an important KLM arm that handles a large portion of its highly competitive European
network, and we are proud to see our aircraft playing such a significant role.â€
KLM cityhopperâ€™s EMBRAER 190 is configured with 100 seats in a comfortable, single-class layout. The first aircraft entering service will initiate the process of replacing the oldest Fokker 100s, in order to enhance the airlineâ€™s operational performance and maintainability. â€œWe are very pleased to take delivery of our first EMBRAER 190 jet, and welcome it into KLMâ€™s European network,â€ said Michel Coumans, Managing Director of KLM cityhopper. â€œThis aircraft will enable us to improve our operational performance throughout Europe, with a superior product for our customers, while considerably reducing emissions.â€
KLM cityhopper is a 100% subsidiary of KLM. The airline runs over 50% of KLMâ€™s European network, and its fleet currently consists of 55 aircraft, including 20 Fokker 100, 21 Fokker 70 and 14 Fokker 50 aircraft. Within the KLM network, KLM cityhopper runs 270 flights a day to 45 destinations.