24 JUNE 2019
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While most attention at the Paris Air Show last week was focused on the unveiling of the Airbus A321XLR and subsequent rush of orders (see this issue), KLM Cityhopper was signing a $2.5bn deal with Embraer for 15 firm E195-E2s plus 20 purchase rights.
KLM president and CEO Pieter Elbers said, “Embraer has been a key partner for KLM and Cityhopper over the past 10 years. Our customers appreciate the E190 and E175s and the E2 will be a welcome addition to the KLM fleet.
“It will give us greater capacity flexibility and help to manage down costs and in addition the environmentally friendly E195-E2 also supports our sustainability goals with lower levels of noise and emissions.”
Embraer Commercial Aviation president and CEO John Slattery added: “With a fleet of 49 E-Jets, KLM is already the largest Embraer operator in Europe and adding KLM to the E2 family of operators is a huge vote of confidence in us, our after-sales care and the E2 programme.
“Also, in terms of aircraft noise, the aircraft is the quietest in its class both internally for passengers, and externally, by a significant margin.”
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