KLM Cityhopper (KLC), a regional subsidiary of KLM, has taken delivery of its first Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. The E2 jet is also the 50th Embraer aircraft in the KLC fleet and the first of what could be up to 35 E2 jets for KLC.
What does the E2 offer KLC?
The new E2 jet is the regional carrier’s largest plane yet, with 132 seats set out in a mix of business and economy seating (20 business class, 8 economy premium and 104 economy class seats).
As well as lower emission rates, the E2 is also a much quieter aircraft. The aircraft’s noise footprint is over 60% quieter than earlier Embraer E-jets. This will be particularly important to KLC, due to their usage of Schiphol Airport, as the airport has strict noise limitations in place.
Embraer boasts that the E2 will emit 1,500 tonnes fewer tonnes of CO² a year compared to the E190 aircraft. The E2’s carbon emissions will be 9% lower per trim, meaning full adoption of the E2 would cut KLC’s carbon footprint by a tenth.
KLM has committed to reducing its carbon emissions by at least 50% per km pax/km over the next 10 years. The President of Embraer Commercial Aviation, Arjan Meijer, described the jet as “super green”. That’s one reason why the jet has been so commercially successful, stealing orders from rival manufactures.
The delivery and integration of the E2
KLC already operates a number of other E-jets (17 E175s and 32 E190s), and this is the first delivery of its order for up to 35 E2 jets.
It is possible that pilots of the E2 jet could be added to KLM’s cutting-edge VR pilot training. The training, which is already used for E175 and E190 type aircraft, allows “pilots to make more effective use of their training time and will also yield cost savings”.
KLM Cityhopper was the first airline to integrate VR into pilot training for Embraer aircraft, it will be exciting to see if the same is done with the E2.
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