KLM Cityhopper, KLM’s regional-airline subsidiary, has finalized a contract for a further five Embraer 190 jets, firming up options the airline originally took in...

KLM Cityhopper, KLM’s regional-airline subsidiary, has finalized a contract for a further five Embraer 190 jets, firming up options the airline originally took in August 2007.

Embraer puts a total list-price value on the deal of $214 million in January 2011 dollars. According to Wikipedia, KLM CityHopper indicated in November that it was ordering the five additional aircraft and expects to use them to replace five Fokker 100s which the airline uses for charter flights and keeps on standby as replacements for aircraft which become inoperative when flying scheduled services.


Initial deliveries to KLM CityHopper under the new order are scheduled to take place during the first quarter of 2012. The Dutch airline still holds options on two more Embraer 190s.

KLM CityHopper, the regional-airline subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, has ordered a total of 22 Embraer 190s and also operates 26 80-seat Fokker 70s

“It’s very gratifying for us to see KLM, one of the world’s most admired and respected airlines, continue to build its fleet of E-Jets,” says Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer’s executive vice president, airline market. “This is the third consecutive year for KLM to firm up options, which underlines the success of the E-Jets family in modernizing KLM Cityhopper’s fleet.”

Today, KLM Cityhopper operates 17 Embraer 190 jets on its regional European routes, all of the aircraft configured to seat 100 people in a dual-class layout. With the latest order, the fleet will expand to 22 of the type.

“KLM Cityhopper is really satisfied in its choice of the Embraer 190 for the fleet renewal program. This has been validated by a strong set of operational results, which have led to increased profitability on some routes,” says Boet Kreiken, managing director of KLM Cityhopper. “Market and passenger response to these aircraft has similarly been very positive.”

A wholly owned subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, KLM Cityhopper flies most of KLM’s European routes and its current fleet consists of 48 aircraft, including 17 Embraer 190 jets, five Fokker 100s and 26 Fokker 70s. KLM Cityhopper operates 270 daily flights to 45 destinations.