KLM is the newest operator of the Embraer E195-E2 jet. The carrier took its first delivery this week, on lease from ICBC Aviation Leasing. It is the 50th E-Jet in the KLM Cityhopper fleet and brings some firsts to the carrier’s operations.
The addition of the E195-E2 to our fleet is a vital part of our plan to reduce our carbon footprint at least 50% per pax/km by 2030. We are now more than ever committed to reducing the impact of our environmental and ecological footprint.– Warner Rootliep, Managing Director of KLM Cityhopper
Cool blue cabin
In addition to the significant improvement in fuel efficiency for the aircraft the KLM E195-E2 delivers a new interior configuration for passengers. The carrier chose a mix of Recaro seats to fill out the 132 seats on board – 20 in Business Class, eight in Economy Comfort, and 104 in Economy Class.
The first seven rows on board feature the BL3710 seat, including the six-way adjustable headrest. The first five rows are business class and the next two are KLM’s Economy Comfort premium economy offering. These seats all offer 33″ pitch and a 3″ recline.
The rest of the cabin, including the extra legroom seats at the exit row, are Recaro’s SL3710 slimline seat. Seats are pitched at 2-30″ with no recline.
All seats on board offer USB power outlets as well.
KLM’s E2 is the first Embraer aircraft to see these Recaro products installed on the assembly line, a significant milestone for the companies.
What about WiFi?
The new E2 will eventually be part of KLM’s connected fleet, but the timing of that move remains unclear.
Viasat announced a deal with KLM in November 2020 to fit both Boeing and Embraer single-aisle aircraft with its Ka-band satellite connectivity system. Fleet specifics were not available at that time, but a KLM spokesperson now confirms to PaxEx.Aero “the intention to install Wi-Fi [on the E2] but it is not yet certain when.”
The plane does not have the system installed at the factory in Brazil. Azul also promised to fit its E195-E2 aircraft with Viasat gear, though none of those planes yet have the hardware installed.
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