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Embraer delivers first E190 to KLM cityhopper

7th November 2008 - 11:17 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Embraer will deliver the first EMBRAER 190 jet, today, to KLM cityhopper, the regional airline subsidiary of KLM, during a ceremony to be held at Embraer's headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The deal with the Dutch airline was announced in August 2007 and includes ten firm orders, plus nine options, for the EMBRAER 190.

"It is a real pleasure to deliver the first EMBRAER 190 jet to KLM cityhopper and a great honor to see the company as part of the Air France/KLM Group, following France's Régional, flying their colors on Embraer E-Jets," said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market. "KLM cityhopper is an important KLM arm that handles a large portion of its highly competitive European network, and we are proud to see our aircraft playing such a significant role."

KLM cityhopper's EMBRAER 190 is configured with 100 seats in a comfortable, single-class layout. The first aircraft entering service will initiate the process of replacing the oldest Fokker 100s, in order to enhance the airline's operational performance and maintainability. "We are very pleased to take delivery of our first EMBRAER 190 jet, and welcome it into KLM's European network," said Michel Coumans, Managing Director of KLM cityhopper. "This aircraft will enable us to improve our operational performance throughout Europe, with a superior product for our customers, while considerably reducing emissions."

About KLM cityhopper
KLM cityhopper is a 100% subsidiary of KLM. The airline runs over 50% of KLM's European network, and its fleet currently consists of 55 aircraft, including 20 Fokker 100, 21 Fokker 70 and 14 Fokker 50 aircraft. Within the KLM network, KLM cityhopper runs 270 flights a day to 45 destinations. More information is available at www.klm.com/passage/cityhopper/en.

Note to Editors
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3) is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil's leading exporters. Embraer's headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the Commercial Aviation, Executive Aviation, and Defense and Government segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On September 30, 2008, Embraer had a workforce of 23,745 employees and a firm order backlog of US$ 21.6 billion.

 

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