KLM Cityhopper’s newest Embraer 190 landed yesterday at Schiphol. The aircraft is the twenty-ninth Embraer 190 that KLM Cityhopper plans to deploy.
On 19 December, the thirtieth—and, provisionally, final—Embraer 190 will arrive in the Netherlands. Starting next year, KLM Cityhopper’s fleet will by supplemented by fifteen Embraer 175s. The first of its kind is scheduled to arrive in March. This signals a new phase in KLM Cityhopper’s fleet renewal programme.
KLM Cityhopper on course to an all-Embraer fleet.
KLM Cityhopper is Europe’s largest regional carrier. Each year, it carries out more than 100,000 flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to fifty-four European destinations. In 2016, the number will grow to fifty-eight destinations. By replacing the Fokker 70 with the Embraer 175 and the Embraer 190, KLM Cityhopper’s fleet will consist of thirty Embraer 190s, and fifteen Embraer 175s by no later than 2018. As a result, KLM will have the single-largest Embraer fleet in Europe. Air Transport News has hailed KLM Cityhopper as the “Regional Airline of the Year for 2015”.