LONDON – Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer announced a further milestone in its E-Jets program today – advising the delivery of the 1,700th production airplane for the marque. The landmark aircraft, an E195-E2, will fly for KLM Cityhopper which will be leasing the E-Jet from Aircastle.
It was more than 20 years ago that the first E-Jet, an E170, rolled out of the factory. Since then, some 150 airlines and leasing companies have added Embraer E-Jets to their fleets and asset portfolios.
Embraer management statement
In his address to guests at the delivery event in São José dos Campos, Embraer President and CEO Francisco Gomes attributed the longevity of the E-Jets program to the platform’s versatility and to the continuous improvements to the aircraft family over the years.
For example, the second-generation of E-Jets incorporates new technologies that reduce fuel burn, streamline maintenance, and add smart features in the cockpit and cabin.
The common crew type rating allows pilots move seamlessly between first- and second-generation E-Jet families.
Mr Neto stated: “We’re always looking for ways to make our aircraft better – reducing operating costs, extending maintenance intervals, and adding new technology.”
“And recently the E2 has also proven it can fly on 100% SAF, which makes them even more sustainable.”
The Embraer CEO also acknowledged KLM’s leadership in the environmental field, saying: “I can think of no better customer than KLM to showcase the E2’s sustainable attributes.”
About KLM Cityhopper
KLM Cityhopper has a mixed fleet of 60 first and second-generation E-Jets, making it the largest in Europe.
The airline’s E195-E2 aircraft is configured with 132 seats in three zones – Business Class, Economy Comfort, and Economy Class – and is already compliant with future ICAO noise and emissions limits.
Speaking at the recent ceremony in Brazil, Warner Rootliep, Managing Director of KLM Cityhopper, spoke of the sustainability aspects of the Embraer E2 jet, saying: “We are proud, that with the latest addition to our KLM Cityhopper fleet, Embraer reaches this great milestone, namely the delivery of the 1700th production aircraft.”
“A great moment to celebrate the many years of collaboration between KLM Cityhopper and Embraer. This E2 will bring us further to become one of the leaders in transforming the aviation industry to become more sustainable.”
About the Embraer E-Jet
80 airlines presently operate Embraer E-Jets worldwide. The model is currently operating on every continent with low-cost and regional commuter airlines.
Recent notable purchases include that of Porter Airlines, who placed a firm order for 20 Embraer E195-E2 passenger jets, adding to their existing 30 firm orders. Porter will use the E195-E2 to extend its services to destinations throughout North America.
In 2021, Porter ordered 30 Embraer E195-E2 jets, with purchase rights for a further 50 aircraft, worth US$5.82 billion at list price, with all options exercised.