Embraer said that KLM Cityhopper, KLM´s subsidiary for European operations, confirmed options for two additional E175s.
The original contract, covering 17 firm orders (15 E175s and two E190s) and 17 options (all for the E175 version), was announced in March 2015. Options for 15 aircraft of the same model still remain.
The two new E175s were included in Embraer´s 2015 fourth-quarter backlog and have an estimated value of USD 88.8 million, based on Embraer´s list prices. These new aircraft will join the 30 E190s already flying with KLM Cityhopper — the airline received the two new E190s from this order in December 2015.
The first E175 will join KLM Cityhopper´s fleet in March 2016. KLM started the process of replacing the Fokker for E-Jets at KLM Cityhopper in 2008, in order to enhance the existing network and to permit the development of new routes. When the last aircraft from this order is delivered, including these two E175s, KLM Cityhopper will have 47 E-Jets, the largest E-Jet fleet in Europe.
Since entering revenue service in 2004, Embraer has received more than 1,700 orders for its family of E-Jets. The aircraft have been added to the fleets of 70 customers in 50 countries. More than 1,200 E-Jets have been delivered. The versatile 70 to 130-seat family is flying with low-cost airlines and with regional and mainline carriers.
KLM Cityhopper operates around 300 flights a day for KLM. These flights serve all cities within Europe, 57 which are essentially business destinations.
Embraer is the world´s largest manufacturers of commercial jets up to 130 seats, and one of Brazil´s leading exporters. Embraer´s headquarters are located in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the US, Founded in 1969, the company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments.