KLM Cityhopper, KLM’s regional subsidiary, has agreed to lease six Embraer 190s from BOC Aviation to add to the carrier’s current fleet of 22 Embraer E-Jets.
The additional Embraer 190 jets represent part of KLM Cityhopper’s strategic plan to replace the oldest aircraft in its fleet of Fokker 70s. The first of the six Embraer 190s is scheduled to be delivered during the second half of 2013.
Consistent with KLM Cityhopper’s current Embraer 190s, each of the new aircraft will also be configured with 100 seats in a single-class layout.
After delivery of the last aircraft from this new acquisition, KLM Cityhopper will have more Embraer 190s in its fleet than any other aircraft type. All of the Embraer 190s will be deployed across KLM’s European network from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
“It is a major endorsement for the E-Jets program to see KLM Cityhopper continuing its fleet modernization with additional E190s,” says Paulo Cesar Silva, president & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Through its partnership with Air France, the combined group will operate more than 50 [Embraer] aircraft, the largest fleet of E-Jets in Europe. The participation of BOC Aviation was key in the success of this transaction and shows the role such an important lessor plays in the E-Jets program.”
“This deal is a perfect example of the investments that KLM is making,” says Camiel Eurlings, KLM’s CEO. “Not only do these investments make travel more comfortable, they also contribute to a more sustainable operation and greater efficiency, all of which will help us achieve our ambitious aims to reduce noise and carbon emissions.”
BOC Aviation is an Asia-based aircraft leasing company with a portfolio of 225 owned and managed aircraft operated by 56 airlines worldwide. Its fleet has an average age of less than four years.
Since entering revenue service in 2004, Embraer has received orders for more than 1,300 of its E-Jets. The aircraft have entered the fleets of 65 customers in 45 countries. More than 950 E-Jets have been delivered.
Collectively, the fleet of Embraer E-Jets has accumulated 10 million flight hours.