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Embraer announces KLM intention for up to 35 E195-E2 Jets

Embraer announced today, at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, KLM Cityhopper’s intention to purchase up to 35 E195-E2 jets, 15 firm orders with purchase rights for a further 20 aircraft of the same model.

Photo: KLM.

This intention, which still requires a Purchase Agreement, has a value of $2.48 billion based on Embraer’s current list prices. The order will be added to Embraer’s backlog as soon as a firm contract is completed.

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First KLM flight operates to and from Wrocław, Poland

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operated its first flight to the Polish city of Wrocław on Monday, May 6, 2019. Wrocław is the fourth destination to be served by KLM in Poland. The flights will be operated daily using Embraer 175 equipment.

Wrocław lies in western Poland on the banks of the River Oder. Wrocław has a population of more than 600,000, making it the fourth-largest city in Poland. Wrocław is a lively university city with a flourishing business community. The market square is a real eye-catcher, boasting pastel-coloured buildings and lined with cosy cafés and eateries.

Shower of affection with ambassador

Launching the new route was fittingly celebrated with a shower of affection at Wrocław airport. The Dutch Ambassador to Poland, Ron van Dartel, and the CEO of Copernicus Airport Wrocław, Dariusz Kuś, attended the festive ceremony.

KLM will be operating its daily flight from Schiphol to Wrocław using Embraer 175 equipment. This aircraft seats 20 passengers in Europe Business Class, 8 in Economy Comfort and 60 in Economy Class.

Flight KL1271 will depart from Amsterdam Schiphol at 11:50 hours and touch down at Copernicus Airport Wrocław at 13:35 hours.

Flight KL1272 will depart at 14:05 hours from Wrocław and arrive at Schiphol at 15:55 hours.

KLM already offers flights to the Polish cities of Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk. Since last summer, Air France has been operating flights to Wrocław from Paris Charles de Gaulle.

All photos by KLM.

Stobart Air to operate an Embraer 195 for KLM Cityhopper

Stobart Air, partner to leading airlines including Aer Lingus, Flybe and British Airways CityFlyer has secured a new partnership with KLM Cityhopper.

The agreement between the two airlines will see Stobart Air provide an E195 jet on an ACMI contract (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) for the purpose of operating up to eight flights per day from Amsterdam, including Dublin to Amsterdam.

The partnership with one of the world’s oldest and most established airlines, follows Stobart Air’s recent €36 million investment in two Embraer E190 jet aircraft to service routes for BA Cityflyer from London City Airport, and the addition of 40 new jobs.

Headquartered in Dublin, Stobart Air employs over 570 people.

In 2018, Stobart Air’s overall passenger figures increased by 12% on the previous year, with the airline carrying 2,224,037 passengers on over 43,500 flights throughout the year.

The airline reported a significant increase on its Flybe routes from London Southend Airport, with passenger numbers doubling last year to 500,000.

 

KLM to add a new route to Wroclaw, Poland

KLM has made this announcement:

Wrocław lies in the west of Poland and has much to offer travellers. In 2016 it was Cultural Capital of Europe.

The city of Wrocław (pronounced: vrɔtswaf) has a population of more than 600,000 and is Poland’s fourth largest city. Wrocław is KLM’s fourth destination in Poland after Warsaw, Krakow, and Gdansk. Air France began operating a service to Wrocław’s Copernicus Airport this summer. Wrocław is a lively university city where trade and industry flourish. It has a beautiful old market square, which is lined by pastel-coloured buildings housing cafes and restaurants.

Wrocław flight schedule

KLM will operate a daily service from Schiphol to Wrocław using Embraer 175 equipment. This aircraft has 20 business class seats, an Economy Comfort zone with 8 seats, and 60 Economy Class seats.

  • KL1271 departs Amsterdam Schiphol at 11.50 hours and arrives at Copernicus Airport Wrocław at 13.35 hours.
  • KL1272 departs Wrocław at 14:05 hours and arrives at Schiphol at 15.55 hours.

KLM Cityhopper takes delivery of three new Embraers

KLM Cityhopper (KLC) will add three new Embraers to its fleet during the coming weeks. The first – an E175+, registration PH-EXW (above) – touched down at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on March 15 during the evening. Saturday will see the arrival of another E175+ (PH-EXX), with the third new Embraer, an E190 (PH-EXY), arriving a week later, on March 24.

The delivery of KLC’s 15th and 16th Embraer E175+ and its 32nd Embraer E190 mark another milestone in KLM’s on-going fleet renewal programme. These new aircraft offer passengers greater comfort and more space, thereby helping to create memorable travel experiences.

The Embraer aircraft also perfectly coincide with KLM’s sustainability policy. Owing to their advanced features, the Embraer jets burn less fuel, which means they emit less CO2. The fuel consumption of the new E175+ aircraft is an impressive 22% lower than that of the Fokker 70s they replaced.

Europe’s largest Embraer fleet

KLM Cityhopper has the largest Embraer fleet in Europe. Since KLC phased out its last Fokker aircraft, its fleet has consisted entirely of Embraers. KLM currently uses its “E-jets” to operate around 300 short-haul flights a day, mostly to European business destinations. The E190 has 100 seats, while the E175+ has 88 seats.

With the three new arrivals, the fleet will consist of a total of 48 aircraft. In April 2018, KLC will take delivery of the 49th Embraer, which is the last of the current order.

Photo: KLM Cityhopper/Eric Lips.

KLM Cityhopper welcomes its 42nd Embraer

KLM Cityhopper Embraer ERJ 170-200STD (ERJ 175) PH-EXL (msn 17000633) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937629.

On Tuesday evening, December 19, 2017, KLM Cityhopper welcomed its latest Embraer 175, registration PH-EXS, at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This, the twelfth E175 brings the total number of Embraers in the KLC fleet to forty-two, which includes thirty E190s. This is the last delivery of 2017.  KLC is expecting the forty-third Embraer in January.

The delivery is another important step in KLM Cityhopper’s fleet renewal program. Now that KLM has said goodbye for all time to the Fokker 70, the KLC fleet consists entirely of Embraer aircraft.

In Europe, KLC is the operator with the largest Embraer fleet. At the end of 2018, the KLC fleet will include no fewer than forty-nine aircraft built by the Brazilian manufacturer.

More environmentally friendly

The Embraer has a large number of technical features that significantly reduce fuel consumption and, with it, CO2emissions. Compared to the Fokker 70, the new E175 burns 22% less fuel.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by KLM Cityhopper): KLM Cityhopper Embraer ERJ 170-200STD (ERJ 175) PH-EXL (msn 17000633) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937629.

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KLM says goodbye to the last Fokker

KLM's farewell salute to Anthony Fokker

KLM Cityhopper, as planned, operated its last revenue flight of a Fokker 70. The pictured F.28 Mk. 0070 PH-KZU, decorated in the special Fokker tribute livery, operated flight KL1070 from London (Heathrow) to the Amsterdam base. The flight blocked in at 8:35 pm (2035) local time.

Top Copyright Photo: KLM Cityhopper Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZU (msn 11543) (Fokker – Anthony Fokker – Farewell) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 938128.

KLM issued this retirement story by Charley Valette on its KLM Blog:

Fokker aircraft were a common sight at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for many decade. Although they have become increasingly scarce in recent times, this did not diminish the passion for this reliable Dutch product. Aviation buffs and plane spotter in the Netherlands all know that Fokker’s days in Dutch service will draw to a close on 28 October 2017.

On that date, KLM Cityhopper will bid farewell to its last Fokkers. The past months have seen many people booking tickets for a final flight aboard a Fokker. There were also lots of cameras along the perimeter fences, especially when one of the last Fokker 70s was specially decorated for the farewell. The accompanying text says it all: “Thank You, Fokker”.

Perfect design for commuter jets

Many readers will be familiar with the post-war Fokkers: the F27, F28, F50, F100 and F70. All of these excellent, reliable, economic aircraft were very modern in their day, but the Fokker 70 was the best of the bunch. Although Fokker only built 48 of these aircraft before it went bankrupt, the F70 paved the way towards a perfect design formula for commuter jets.

In keeping with history, KLM Cityhopper chose to operate its last Fokker flight out of the London, with an English captain at the controls. When flight KL1070 from London Heathrow shuts down its Rolls-Royce Tay engines at Schiphol, the Fokker era at KLM will come to an end. However, the special bond between KLM and Fokker will live on in memory. Looking back on this era, many of the events can be captured as “what if” questions.

Fokker

What if KLM had not been allowed to operate flights to the United Kingdom with Fokkers?

KLM ordered its first Fokker aircraft in 1920, marking the start of their shared history, in which two great companies inspired each other to take great steps. However, the budding relationship between KLM and Fokker might have ended right there. In fact, Fokker/KLM administrator Albert Plesman, who later became KLM’s first CEO, included a very explicit resolutive condition in the procurement contract for the first Fokkers ordered by KLM.

Schiphol Fokker

Plesman did so just in case the British government would withhold permission to operate flights to the UK with Fokkers, which were seen as a mortal enemy by the British immediately after the First World War, because Germany’s dominant fleet of Fokker fighter planes were known to have prolonged the war.

Fokker Oldie

Eventually, KLM was permitted to fly Fokkers to England. To make this momentous milestone all the more special, the first scheduled Fokker service to Croydon near London on 14 April 1921 was operated by a British pilot.

Another question: what if there had been no Second World War and Fokker had not been spurred on by Plesman’s claims that the company was incapable of producing a modern aircraft?

Would the aircraft manufacturer have completed the development of both the F24 and the “flying wing” Project 180, the first truly intercontinental airliner? Would KLM have operated flights to many destinations with large, aluminium Fokker aircraft for decades?

And what if the dollar exchange rate hadn’t declined sharply against the Deutschmark and Dutch guilder in the 1990s?

Could Fokker have avoided bankruptcy and profited from the recovering airline market? Would it have developed a new generation of aircraft? And would those aircraft have worn KLM colours?

Fokker

Although these questions will never be conclusively answered, many things did gradually become clear for the editorial team creating the book “Dutch at Heart”, which celebrates KLM’s Fokker fleet. Based on the stories of KLM and Fokker staff as well as the curator, the bond between these two great Dutch companies is recounted from the day of establishment to the final weeks. You can order the book here: www.Fokker-70.nl.

3 = 1

At the end of October, Fokker aircraft will be leaving the Dutch commercial air transport scene for good. That leaves only two members of the Dutch Aviation Trinity – KLM, Fokker and Schiphol – as well as the memories of an era in which Fokker played a leading role in our industry. These memories are captured in the Fokker monument, symbolically uniting KLM, Fokker and Schiphol, which KLM Cityhopper will unveil at Schiphol Oost on 29 October 2017.

Fokker 70

I’ve been flying for KLM since 1985. Right now I’m a captain on the Boeing 777. Before that, I flew the Boeing DC-9, 737-300, 400 747-200, 300, and 400, Fokker 28, and the MD-11.

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