Cityhopper, KLM’s regional subsidiary, has concluded a lease agreement with BOC Aviation to add six Embraer 190s to its current fleet of 22 E-Jets. The additional E190s are part of KLM Cityhopper’s strategic plan to replace the oldest aircraft in its Fokker fleet. The first of the six E190s is scheduled to be delivered during the second half of 2013.
Consistent with its current E190s, the new E190s 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 E190s in its fleet than any other aircraft type. All of the E190s will be deployed across KLM’s European network from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
“It is a major endorsement for the E-Jets program to see KLM Cityhopper continuing its fleet modernization with additional E190s,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Through its partnership with Air France, the combined group will operate more than 50 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 KLM’s CEO Camiel Eurlings. “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.”
“We are delighted to work with KLM, by helping its subsidiary KLM Cityhopper to support its modernization plan with the E190, a versatile and excellent aircraft,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BOC Aviation.
BOC Aviation is the leading 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 more than 1,300 orders for its E-Jets. The aircraft have been added to the fleets of 65 customers in 45 countries. More than 950 E-Jets have been delivered. The versatile 70 to 130-seat family is flying with low-cost airlines and with regional and mainline carriers. Collectively, the E-Jet fleet has accumulated 10 million flight hours.
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