East Hartford, Connecticut . 01 March 2021. Pratt & Whitney, ICBC Aviation Leasing and KLM Cityhopper celebrated the entry into service of the airline’s first Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines recently. The airline committed to purchase 25 aircraft.
KLM was one of Pratt & Whitney’s original customers, dating back to the 1930s, when airline operated numerous Wasp-powered aircraft, including the Douglas DC-3 and several early Fokker aircraft. The regional airline KLM Cityhopper, founded in 1966 as NLM Cityhopper and renamed KLM Cityhopper in 1991, also started operations with Fokker 50 aircraft, which were powered by PW100 turboprop engines.
Pratt & Whitney, ICBC Aviation Leasing and KLM Cityhopper celebrated the airline’s first revenue flight with the Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, on March 1, 2021.
“Pratt & Whitney is proud to power KLM Cityhopper’s next-generation aircraft with our game-changing technology,” said Rick Deurloo, chief commercial officer and senior vice president at Pratt & Whitney. “Our relationship with KLM goes back to the early days of aviation, and we look forward to continuing to work together to deliver more sustainable flight for years to come.”
The Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft family is powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines and the company’s APS2600E auxiliary power unit (APU). The APS2600E APU gives airlines greater flexibility, by increasing the altitude ceiling for Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS) and other operations and providing a significant increase in electrical power delivery to meet the needs of today’s airlines.
The E195-E2 aircraft, powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, has more than 25.4% reduction in fuel burn per seat than the previous-generation E195, with NOx emissions 50% below the ICAO CAEP/6 regulation and 19dB to 20dB of ICAO Chapter 4 cumulative noise margin.