KLM Cityhopper begins E2 operations

After the arrival of the next generation narrowbody last week, the firm has put the jet straight to use

Regional airline KLM Cityhopper has begun operations with the Embraer E195-E2 after accepting a pair of the Brazilian-built narrowbody last week. 

The jets – PH-NXA (c/n 19020045) and PH-NXB (c/n 19020047) – touched down at the carrier’s Amsterdam/Schiphol base on February 25 and 28, respectively. 

PH-NXA was the first to arrive in Amsterdam and was followed three days later by PH-NXB. KLM

Both aircraft flew from Recife International in the northeast of Brazil via Tenerife/South to the Netherlands capital. 

Xray Bravo was the first to begin operations when it conducted a flight to Warsaw yesterday (March 1). During the four-sector day, the jet flew returns to the Polish capital and Berlin. 

The type's first revenue flight connected Amsterdam with Warsaw. KLM/Mark Wagtendonk

It is expected to repeat this flying programme today (March 2) and will then fly to the German capital twice on Wednesday. 

Configured to seat 132 passengers, the two E2s are the largest aircraft in KLM Cityhopper’s fleet which now totals 51 aircraft, comprising 17 E170s and 32 E190s. 

KLM Cityhopper expects to end this year with seven E2s in its fleet. KLM/Mark Wagtendonk

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW1000G high bypass geared turbofan engines, KLM says the aircraft uses 9% less fuel per flight and emits 31% less CO2 per passenger in comparison to the E190. 

KLM's E195-E2s are fitted with 132 seats in a single-class configuration. KLM

Warner Rootliep, managing director KLM Cityhopper, commented: “Not only is the E195-E2 an economically attractive aircraft, but it also fits perfectly within our Fly Responsibly sustainability approach. This will enable KLM to make its own operations and the sector as a whole more sustainable. Now, more than ever before, we’re committed to reducing the impact we have on our surroundings and our ecological footprint. At present, fleet renewal makes the biggest contribution towards reducing CO2 emissions.” 

The E2 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW1000G geared turbofan engines. KLM

KLM plans to add a further two examples before the start of the summer season and expects to end the year with seven E2s. While an additional 18 are expected in the years to come, the carrier also has an option on ten more jets.