KLM Cityhopper has signed a firm order for 21 E195-E2 aircraft, plus 14 purchase rights.
The 21 aircraft will be acquired via operating
lease from Embraer lessor partners Aircastle and ICBC Aviation
The order follows a Letter of Intent for 15
aircraft with 20 purchase rights signed at the Paris Air Show
earlier this year.
With all purchase rights exercised the
deal would have a value of USD 2.48 billion at current list
The aircraft for this order will come from the
existing backlogs of lessors Aircastle and ICBC Aviation Leasing,
each providing KLM with 11 and 10 E195-E2s, respectively.
“KLM’s decision to add a further six aircraft to
this order is a significant vote of confidence in our E2
programme,” said John Slattery, President and CEO, Embraer
Commercial Aviation. “Delivering 30% lower emissions when compared
to KLM’s current E190s, yet still providing a further 32 seats,
the E195-E2 will simultaneously increase capacity for KLM at slot
constrained Schiphol Airport, while also delivering huge
reductions in emissions.”
KLM will configure the aircraft with 132 seats.
Deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2021.
KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers, said, “For
KLM this aircraft is a significant part of our commitment to
improving our environmental impact. Not only is the E195-E2 the
most fuel efficient lowest emission aircraft in its class, it is
also the quietest by a considerable margin – a huge benefit for
both our communities and our passengers.”