KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) today (April 29) announced the latest Embraer 190 delivery tomorrow (April 30) to subsidiary KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam) and a minor tweaking of the livery for the regional carrier. KLM issued this statement:
KLM Cityhopper, subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, will take delivery of a new Embraer 190 (PH-EXD) at Schiphol Airport tomorrow (April 30). This, the latest in a series of six new aircraft, will proudly display the newly modified KLM livery. With more than 28 Embraers, KLM Cityhopper has the largest Embraer 190 fleet in Europe.
Most modern aircraft types have similar shaped noses and contours. A few adjustments to the current KLM livery has transformed the appearance of the latest Embraer 190 into a contemporary, streamlined, balanced aircraft. The modified livery will be phased in for the other Embraers. The Fokker 70s are also to be modified in this livery, followed by the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which KLM expects to take delivery of at the end of 2015.
The first Embraer 190 joined KLM at the beginning of 2008 at the airline’s subsidiary KLM Cityhopper. This aircraft type seats 100 passengers and is highly fuel efficient. The two-seat configuration and leather upholstery also make the Embraer 190 extremely comfortable. The Embraer 190 has a two-class configuration and operates on 35 of KLM Cityhopper’s 53 European routes. The Fokker 70 is deployed for the remaining 18 destinations.
The latest Embraer 190 is part of KLM’s ongoing fleet-renewal program. The replacement of seven Fokker 70s with six new Embraers brings the total fleet in 2014 to 28 Embraer 190 and 19 Fokker 70 aircraft.
Image: KLM. The new version is at the bottom.