The final Embraer 190 for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines landed at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on 19 December 2015, completing the fleet of 30 E190s for short-haul daughter company KLM Cityhopper just a few days after the 29th aircraft of the type and the 2nd Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrived.
As of 2016 the Cityhopper fleet will be augmented by 15 Embraer E175s, which will mean the end of the Fokker 70 thus Dutch made aircraft in service with a Dutch flag carrier. The final E175 is expected in 2018. Airheadsfly.com already reported more details in March 2015.
KLM Cityhopper is one of the largest regional airlines in Europe, making 100,000 flights a year to 54 European destinations. In 2016 four new destinations will be included.
KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70
With the arrival of the new aircraft KLM Cityhopper is able to transport 100 passengers on the E190s and 88 on the E175, against 80 on the Fokker 70. The E175 has a slightly shorter range than the Fokker 70: 1,800 miles (3,334 km) with a typical cruising speed of 447 knots (515 mph or 828 kmh). It has a service ceiling of 41,000 feet. When the E-Jet fleet is complete, KLM will have the largest Embraer fleet in Europe.
Now that the first two Fokker 70s are being phased out, a new life is waiting for them. For example in Papua New Guinea, where Air Niugini takes 7 ex-KLM Fokker 70s.
On 14 December 2015 KLM received its second of ten ordered Boeing 787 Dramliners. Named Anjer (Carnation) if follows the Zonnebloem (Sunflower) into service on the routes between Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi and between Amsterdam and Dubai. In 2016 KLM will also field its 787 on its service from Schiphol IAP to Rio de Janeiro.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image (top): The 29th Embraer E190 at Amsterdam-Schiphol IAP (Image © KLM)