Category Archives: KLM Cityhopper

KLM Cityhopper pays homage to Anthony Fokker

KLM issued this statement and photos:

The farewell livery is a symbol of thanks to everyone involved in the Fokker’s operation and to all who made a contribution to this bit of Dutch heritage. With the help of this livery, KLM Cityhopper is celebrating the 97-year partnership between KLM and Fokker: KLM is a staunch Dutch company and aviation pioneer, and Fokker is the Dutch manufacturer of the aircraft with which KLM made its first flights. The livery was applied in Hangar 73 at Schiphol-Oost, where the Fokker company used to deliver its aircraft to a variety of airlines.

Right now, there are nine Fokker 70s still in KLM Cityhopper’s fleet. When the Fokker 70 is phased out, the last aircraft of Dutch origin will disappear from Dutch soil. It will bring a special period in aviation history to an end.

KLM Cityhopper announced its fleets renewal programme in 2008. In recent years, the Fokker 50 and 100 have been phased out and replaced by Embraer 175s and 190s. By acquiring this new aircraft type, KLM and KLM Cityhopper can once again contribute to more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly operations. Quality and comfort for passengers are extremely important in that process.

KLM Cityhopper is Europe’s largest regional carrier. Each year, it carries out more than 105,000 flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to sixty-seven European destinations. No later than 2018, KLM Cityhopper’s entire fleet will consist of thirty Embraer 190 and seventeen Embraer 175 aircraft. This will give KLM the single-largest Embraer fleet in Europe.

Photos: KLM.

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KLM starts new service to Dresden, Inverness and Southampton

KLM starts new service to Dresden, Inverness and Southampton

Copyright Photo: KLM Cityhopper Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZM (msn 11561) LHR. Image: 926619.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines made this announcement:

This week, KLM will welcome its first customers on board its flights to the new European destinations of Southampton, Inverness and Dresden. What’s more, KLM will now be offering daily service to the Spanish destination of Valencia. Customers can now choose from a total number of 76 European destinations served directly by KLM from Amsterdam. In total, KLM will be adding up to 700,000 seats (5% growth) to its European destinations this summer.

Schedules new destinations (local time):

Southampton starting May 16

Departing Amsterdam 08:35 – Arriving in Southampton 08:45
Departing Southampton 09:20 – Arriving in Amsterdam 11:30
Departing Amsterdam 16:40 – Arriving in Southampton 16:50
Departing Southampton 17:25 – Arriving in Amsterdam 19:35

Type of aircraft: Fokker 70 (operated by KLM Cityhopper)

Dresden starting May 16

Departing Amsterdam 16:15 – Arriving in Dresden 17:40
Departing Dresden 18:15 – Arriving in Amsterdam 19:45

Type of aircraft: Fokker 70 (operated by KLM Cityhopper)

Inverness starting May 17

Departing Amsterdam 09:45 – Arriving in Inverness 10:25
Departing Inverness 11:00 – Arriving in Amsterdam 13:40

Type of aircraft: Fokker 70 (operated by KLM Cityhopper)

Valencia started April 23 only on Saturday and Sunday, as of May 16 daily

Departing Amsterdam 13:45 – Arriving in Valencia 16:15
Departing Valencia 17:00 – Arriving in Amsterdam 19:35

Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-700

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KLM updates its fleet plan for KLM Cityhopper, the last Fokker 70 to be retired by 2018

KLM Cityhopper Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZL (msn 11536) LHR. Image: 930729.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has updated its fleet plan for its subsidiary KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam):

On December 19, the thirtieth—and, provisionally, final—Embraer 190 arrived 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 program.

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.

Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. The venerable Fokker 70 will be retired in 2018. KLM Cityhopper Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZL (msn 11536) taxies to the gate at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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KLM sells seven Fokker 70s to Air Niugini

KLM Cityhopper F28 Mk 0070 PH-KZF (02) handover to Air Niugini (KLM)(LR)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has issued this statement:

KLM logo

Yesterday (October 16) saw the symbolic transfer of the first of seven KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam) Fokker 70 aircraft from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to Air Niugini (Port Moresby), the national airline of Papua New Guinea.

Air Niugini logo

KLM will begin phasing out the Fokker 70 in December this year, at which time it will also welcome two new Embraer 190s.

Air Niugini previously purchased a Fokker 100 and a Fokker 70 from KLM, in September 2013 and October 2014 respectively.

Boet Kreiken, managing director of KLM Cityhopper, presented the Fokker 70 PH-KZF (below) to Sir Frederich Reiher, chairman of Air Niugini’s board.

KLM Cityhopper F28 Mk 0070 PH-KZF (02) CEO handover to Air Niugini (KLM)(LR)
“Following a 21-year history, we now bid a fond farewell to our second Fokker 70,” said Boet Kreiken. “It is good to know that our reliable Fokker 70s will have a second life at Air Niugini. These aircraft are valuable additions to the Air Niugini fleet, and we are proud of KLM’s contribution to the deal. We are also looking forward to having a young KLM Cityhopper fleet consisting entirely of Embraer 190s and 175s. These aircraft are more economical, ensuring cost benefits as well as better environmental performance.

Boet Kreiken – Managing Director KLM Cityhopper.

The KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70s are expected to be all phased out in 2018.

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Photos: KLM.

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Air Niugini aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

In other news, effective November 1, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will screen an innovative and unique flight safety film (below) on all intercontinental flights, inspired by Delftware decoration techniques.

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KLM Cityhopper orders 15 Embraer E175s and two E190s to replace the Fokker 70s

KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam) is adding more Embraer E-Jets including 15 Embraer E175+s, a new type for the carrier. Embraer just issued this statement:

Embraer announced today a firm order for 15 E175s and two E190s from KLM Cityhopper, KLM’s regional subsidiary. The contract for the 17 E-Jets also includes an option for 17 additional E-Jets for KLM Cityhopper or Air France regional subsidiary HOP!

Both the E190s and the E175s will be configured in single-class layouts. They will join the 28 E190s already flying with KLM Cityhopper to replace the remaining 19 Fokker F70s that the carrier is phasing out.

The delivery of the first E190 is scheduled to occur by year-end. The first E175 will join KLM Cityhopper’s fleet in the first quarter of 2016. The Air France/KLM group started the process of replacing the Fokker 100 for E-Jets in Regional/Air France and KLM Cityhopper in 2008, in order to enhance the existing network and to permit the development of new routes. When the last aircraft from this order is delivered, Air France/KLM group will have 71 E-Jets, the largest E-Jet fleet in Europe.

The E175s feature a new wingtip that, among other technical enhancements, improves aerodynamic performance. Fuel consumption on a typical flight is 6.4% lower than the original E175. The reduction makes the operating economics of today’s E175s comparable to large-capacity turboprops and presents new opportunities for the E175.

KLM Cityhopper operates around 300 flights a day for KLM. These flights all serve cities within Europe, 54 of which are essentially business destinations. Each day, around 18,000 passengers choose to fly with KLM Cityhopper.

KLM issued this statement:

Arrival of the new Embraers will be coupled with phasing out nineteen Fokker 70s from service. The timing will be synchronised with the delivery of the Embraers. In 2018, the KLM Cityhopper fleet will consist of thirty E190 and fifteen E175+ aircraft. This represents an enormous efficiency gain since the entire fleet will then consist of Embraer aircraft. KLM Cityhopper’s cockpit crews operate both Embraer types.

Additionally, KLM Cityhopper and Hop! have together signed an option for seventeen new Embraers. Increased seat capacity The seat capacity of the KLM Cityhopper fleet will increase with the acquisition of the new Embraers. The E190 is equipped with 100 seats and the E175+ boasts 88 seats. The Fokker 70 offers 80 seats; the middle seat cannot be booked in Business Class.

The fifteen E175+ will be equipped with ultramodern slim seats. The two E190s will be equipped with the same comfortable seats as those in the existing Embraer 190 fleet.

Better fuel efficiency The new Embraer fleet boasts far better fuel efficiency in comparison with the Fokker 70 fleet. The latest E175+ is the most efficient and economical aircraft in the Embraer series. And the aircraft will of course also be delivered in the new KLM livery.

Copyright Photo: The larger Embraer ERJ 190-100STD PH-EZL (msn 19000334) taxies at London’s Heathrow Airport.

KLM Cityhopper aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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KLM to launch new routes to Belfast, Krakow and Montpellier

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) will expand its medium-haul network with three new destinations. KLM will launch a new scheduled service to Belfast, Krakow, and Montpellier. These new services will be part of KLM’s new summer schedule and will operate on a daily basis as from May 18, 2015.

Belfast will be the first city in Northern Ireland which is directly served by KLM and the 14th destination within the United Kingdom. KLM will operate on George Best Belfast City Airport.

Next to Warsaw, Krakow will be the second destination within Poland which is directly served by KLM.

Montpellier will be the sixth destination within France which is directly served by KLM. Air France is already operating into Montpellier out of both Parisian airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly.

All flights will be operated by KLM Cityhopper.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. KLM Cityhopper’s Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZS (msn 11540) rests at the Amsterdam hub painted in the new 2014 updated livery.

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KLM tweaks the livery for KLM Cityhopper and the new Boeing 787-9s

KLM Cityhopper ERJ 190-100 (14)(KLM)(LR)

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.

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