The 28th E-Jet for KLM
Cityhopper was delivered to the airline at a ceremony at the company’s factory
in São José dos Campos on April 28. The
aircraft is leased from Bank of China Aviation.
This latest delivery makes KLM Cityhopper the operator of the largest
fleet of E-Jets in Europe. The carrier
received its first E-Jet in 2009 and has been acquiring 100-seat E190s as part
of its ongoing fleet modernization program.
Mr. Boet Kreiken, Managing Director, KLM Cityhopper (L), and members of
the airline’s inspection team and flight crew posed in front of the new E190
that sports the carrier’s modified livery.
Aircraft PH-EXD is the first KLM
aircraft with the airline’s modifed livery.
Affectionately named “the smiling dolphin,” the dark blue horizontal
line below the iconic blue upper fuselage dips below the forward door. The resulting curve on the rounded nose of
the E190 gives the impression that the E190 is the smiling marine mammal.
Mr. Pieter Elbers, KLM’s Chief
Operating Officer, was among the guests at the event. With Mr. Peter Goodman from Bank of China
Aviation also in attendance, Mr. Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer’s President of
Commercial Aviation, formally handed over the E190 to Mr. Elbers.
Mr. Paulo Cesar Silva (R) presents a gift of first metal cuts from
PH-EXD to Mr. Elbers.
Mr. Boet Kreiken (L) and Mr.
As PH-EXD taxied for the long ferry flight to Amsterdam, the crew
displayed the Brazilian flag to employees who traditionally wave goodbye to
every new aircraft leaving the factory.