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Name: KLM CITYHOPPER
7JetSet7 Code: AUK
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: AMSTERDAM
Country: NETHERLANDS
Employees 2200
Web: klmuk.com
Email: engineering@airuk.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1279 660 400
Fax: +44 1279 660 330
Sita: NWIENUK
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STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1980 AS AIR UK (AUK). THE 1ST REPORTS ARE OF "AIR UK" (AUK) UNTIL ITS TAKEOVER BY (KLM). DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER JET AIRPLANE OPERATOR.

SEPTEMBER 1995: 737-4H6 (27191), (MAS) LEASED.

OCTOBER 1995: PLANS TO REPLACE 7 737-400'S, 172 PAX.

NOVEMBER 1995: RETURNING 3 737-400'S TO LESSOR.

DECEMBER 1999: LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) 2 ORDERS (2000-01) 737-3L9'S (26441; 25015).

DECEMBER 1995: TO LEASE 4 737-400'S TO (KLM). 3 737-400'S TO MODILUFT (MOU) (PW001; PW014; & PW017).

JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +7.4% PASSENGERS (PAX).

FEBRUARY 1996: 3 A320'S (CFM56-5A3) (190; & 343; EX-(EXW) & 189 EX-(ROY), (GATX) (GAX) LEASED FOR 2 YEARS. 2 F 100'S, EX-(TAT), (ILF) LEASED.

APRIL 1996: CODE SHARE WITH NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA).

INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS AS LEISURE INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS (UKL).

3 A320-100'S (CFM56-5P3/P), 185 PAX, 2 CLASS, 2,700 NM RANGE, REPLACES 737-400'S, 1 EX-(ROY), 1 EX-(EXW).

JUNE 1996: 4 ORDERS (1997) A321-200 (CFM56).

OCTOBER 1996: NEW ROUTE TO INVERNESS, SCOTLAND.

DECEMBER 1996: TO MOVE HQ FROM STANSTED TO LONDON GATWICK (LGW).

FEBRUARY 1997: A321 TECHNICAL SUPPORT BY FLS AEROSPACE (ATD) (LINE/HEAVY MAINTENANCE & COMPONENT SUPPORT).

MARCH 1997: 1 F 100 (TAY 620-15), EX-(KLM).

APRIL 1997: AIR UK = 2,000 EMPLOYEES, LEISURE INTERNATIONAL (UKL) = 160 EMPLOYEES.

MAY 1997: 1ST OF 4 A321-200'S. 737-4YO LEASED TO (TAV).

JUNE 1997: 1 F 100 (TAY 620-15), EX-(KLM). LEISURE INTERNATIONAL ORDERS (1998) 2 A321-200'S (CFM56-5B).

JULY 1997: (KLM) BUYS REMAINING 55% OF AIR UK (AUK) FOR TOTAL 100%, FROM BRITISH AIR TRANSPORT HOLDINGS.

AIR UK (AUK) 1996 = 3.6 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX).

1 737-4Y0 (24468) RETURNED FROM (TAV). 1 F 100 (TAY 620-15), EX-(KLM).

SEPTEMBER 1997: CODE SHARE WITH NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA), EAST MIDLANDS - AMSTERDAM (F 50).

EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC) OK'S (KLM)'S FULL CONTROL OF "AIR UK." TO BECOME "KLM UK."

OCTOBER 1997: 4/1 ORDERS (1997-12) ATR 72-200'S, 66 PAX, FOR $70 MILLION.

1,769 EMPLOYEES.

NOVEMBER 1997: 1 ORDER A321-200 (CFM56-5B), (GUI) LEASED (1999-04).

FEBRUARY 1998: "AIR UK" NAME, CHANGED TO "KLM UK."

A320-212 (190) WET-LEASED TO NOVAIR (NOO).

MARCH 1998: 1 A321-200 (CFM56-5P3/P) DELIVERY.

APRIL 1998: (KLM) UK (AUK) 2,000 EMPLOYEES.

1 ATR 72 (PW124) DELIVERY.

JUNE 1998: ATR 72 (PW124) DELIVERY.

JULY 1998: KLM UK (AUK) EXTENDS LEASE OF 5 B AE 146-300'S AND RETURNS 1 B AE 146-100.

SEPTEMBER 1998: LONDON GATWICK - PISA.

(http://www.klmuk.com).

OCTOBER 1998: 2 F 100'S (TAY 620-15) (11269; 11272), EX-(KLM).

DECEMBER 1998: KLM UK 1 B AE 146-100 (1003), CITYJET LEASED TIL 1999-03, FOR LONDON CITY - GLASGOW.

APRIL 1999: 2,000 EMPLOYEES. (http://www.klmuk.com).

SITA: STNIZUK.

MAY 1999: TOP 1998 PASSENGERS (MILLION) WORLD REGIONALS:
1 AMERICAN EAGLE 10.67; 2 COMAIR (COI) 6.18 (+16.5%); 3 CONTINENTAL
EXPRESS 5.64 (+15.6%); 4 SKYWEST 4.51 (+55.4%); 5 CROSSAIR (CSR) 4.43 (+19%); 6 KLM UK (AUK) 4.41 (+1.7%); 7 (DLH) CITYLINE 4.40 (+13.3%); 8 UNI (MAK) 4.23 (+89.7%); 9 CANADIAN REGIONAL 4.19 (+23.1%); 10 HORIZON 4.09 (+18%).

SEPTEMBER 1999: 1998 = 1.3 BILLION (RPM) TRAFFIC (1.36B), 2.16 BILLION (ASM) CAPACITY (2.24 BILLION).

KLM UK ENGINEERING: CONTACT: DAVID POLLARD CUSTOMER SERVICES MANAGER (engineering@airuk.co.uk) HANGARS FOR 2 WIDE BODIES, 6 NARROW BODIES, 8 COMMUTER AIRPLANES; "A" TO "D" MAINTENANCE CHECKS FOR RJ'S, B AE 146'S, F 50'S, F 70'S, F 100'S, ATR 72'S, INCLUDING STRIP/PAINT & INTERIOR REFURBISHMENT.

TO FORM LOW-COST, REGIONAL AIRLINE CALLED "buzz" (BZZ), TO START OPERATIONS IN EARLY /00 FROM STANSTED TO BERLIN, DUSSELDORF, FRANKFURT, MILAN, PARIS, LYON, & VIENNA, WITH 8 B AE 146-300'S AND 2 737'S LEASED.

2 +1 ORDER 737-3K2'S (1198-23412; 1360-23738; 1386-23786), (KLM) LEASED.

OCTOBER 1999: 2 ATR 72-202'S (509; 523) TRANSFERRED TO GILL. ATR 72-202 (508, G-UKTM), OPERATES FOR BRITISH REGIONAL.

DECEMBER 1999: SUBSIDIARY, BUZZ (BZZ) LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) 2 ORDERS (2000-01) 737-3L9'S (26441; 25125), EX-DEUTSCH BA (DBA), PEMBROKE (PEB) LEASED.

JANUARY 2000: ATR 72-212 (519, G-UKTK) & 2 ATR 72-202QC'S (509; 523), SOLD TO GILL AIRWAYS.

FEBRUARY 2000: 2 B AE 146-300'S (E3169; E3193), LEASED TO (BZZ). 3 ATR 72-202'S (509; 519; 523) RETURNED FROM GILL AIRWAYS.

JULY 2000: 1999 = 2.13 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+1.1%); 60.6% LF; 1.07 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-22.5%); 4.11 MILLION PASSENGERS (-6.6%); 2,200 EMPLOYEES (+10%).

SEPTEMBER 2000: 2 ATR 72-200'S (509; 523), LEASED TO VIETNAM (VIE).

JANUARY 2001: 5-YEAR MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR TNT AIRWAYS (TNB) 17 B AE 146-200/-300F'S. MAINTENANCE TO BE DONE AT NEW, NORWICH AIRPORT, MAINTENANCE FACILITY.

APRIL 2001: 2,200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 500 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).

MAIN BASE: LONDON STANSTED AIRPORT (STN).

KLM UK (AUK), AND BUZZ (BZZ), (CEO) FLORIS VAN PALLANDT, IS NEW (CEO) OF TRANSAVIA (TAV).

PLANS FOR (AUK) TO BE MERGED INTO (KLM) CITYHOPPER, AND buzz (BZZ) INTO (TAV), WITH buzz AS THE SURVIVING NAME.

1 ATR 72-202 (496) RETURNED TO (ATR).

October 2002: KLMuk Engineering Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO): Contact: (alan.huggins@klmuk.co.uk).

SITA: NWIENUK.

December 2002: ATR 72-202 (509, G-UKTJ) returned to (ATR).

January 2003: ATR 72-202 (519), returned to ATR.

April 2003: Rebrands its "KLM UK" operations as "(KLM) CITYHOPPER" (AUK) as a part of its restructuring. It also has upgraded in-flight service on all former (KLM) UK flights. By the end of 2003-05, all airplanes will be re-branded, while (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) uniforms will be introduced by the end of 2003-10.

(AUK) operates scheduled passenger jet airplane services, in association with its partner airlines, from 15 airports in the UK to Amsterdam. (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK), based in Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) is a regional subsidiary of (KLM), linking the Netherlands with a number of European cities.

Parent organization/shareholders: (KLM) (100%).

(web.master@klmuk.com). (http://www.klmcityhopper.nl).

(Telephone: +31 20 649 2227). (FAX: +31 20 648 8154).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; & Rotterdam.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Aberdeen; Bergen; Berlin; Birmingham; Bologna; Bremen; Bristol; Brussels; Cardiff; Cologne; Dusseldorf; Edinburgh; Frankfurt; Geneva; Glasgow; Hamburg; Hanover; Humberside; Leeds Bradford; London; Luxembourg; Lyons; Manchester; Munich; Newcastle; Nice; Norwich; Nuremberg; Oslo; Paris; Stavanger; Stuttgart; Teeside; Toulouse; Trondheim; Turin; Venice; & Vienna.

September 2005: 3 orders F 100's (11445; 11475; 11477), ex-Pelita Air, Debis AirFinance (DEA) leased.

2 F 50's (20189, PH-KVA; 20190, PH-KVB), registered to Air Exel Netherlands, WFU at Norwich.

November 2005: (KLM) will inaugurate its own service from Amsterdam to Billund on March 26th replacing code share service with Sterlingblue (STR). KLM Cityhopper (AUK) will operate 3x-daily using its Fokker 70s.

2 F 50'S (20208, PH-DMT; 20209, PH-DMS), Denim Air (DNM) leased.

December 2005: British Airports Authority (BAA) announced plans for a £2.7 billion/$4.69 billion development project that would add a new runway at London Stansted and expand the terminal. The proposal also calls for construction of parallel taxiways and cross-taxiways to connect with the existing runway, a new passenger terminal building and a new control tower. The 2nd phase would include parking facilities, roads and piers. Subject to approval, the new runway could be ready by 2013, giving Stansted the ability to handle up to 76 million passengers by 2030. "I hope that together, in coming months, we can achieve the right balance of interests, one that will deliver at Stansted a development that serves the best interests of the country and millions of travelers in the years to come," said Stansted Managing Director Terry Morgan. "In doing so, we recognize the economic and social benefits we enjoy from air travel and want them to continue, but we are mindful too of the responsibility we have to protect the environment." The airport is the 4th-busiest in the UK, with 30 airlines serving some 21 million passengers and 150 destinations. Stansted-based Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) easyJet (EZY) criticized the plan, saying the costs would be passed on to passengers. "(BAA) seems to have forgotten that Stansted was an unloved white elephant until the charges were dropped to attract the likes of easyJet (EZY), and in the last few years it has been 1 of the great success stories of European aviation. But now (BAA) seems determined to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs," (CEO) Andrew Harrison said. "We are calling on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to control (BAA)'s excesses by reining in its spending plans and avoiding any cross-subsidy from other London airports. If the development at Stansted cannot be self-financing, then it should not be built at all."

Separately, Stansted (STN) said it's better prepared to handle adverse weather conditions this winter. After spending nearly £4 million in recent years on snow-clearing vehicles, including snow plows, gritters and deicing machines. (STN) has >170 employees trained to use the equipment. Over the past 10 years the runway at (STN) has been closed for <10 hours per year due to snow.

February 2006: F 100 (11475, PH-OFM), AerCap (DEA) leased.

March 2006: (KLM) named Senior VP Operations Control & Fleet Services Michel Coumans Managing Director and (CEO) of (KLM) UK (AUK), effective April 1. He succeeds Elfrieke van Galen, who will take a new position within the (KLM) Group.

F 100 (11477, PH-OFN), AerCap (DEA) leased.

November 2006: (KLM) UK (AUK) Engineering opened an expanded maintenance hangar at Norwich International Airport. (KLM) invested £1 million in the facility, that now will be able to perform work on larger airplanes like 737NGs, and will add approximately +50 new jobs.

January 2008: (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) will transfer the maintenance of its F 70 fleet to Nayak Aircraft Services from Martinair (MTH) Maintenance & Engineering following the latter's decision to "focus more on improving its own operations and making preparations for Martinair (MTH)'s possible fleet renewal," (KLM) said. Cityhopper (AUK) operates 21 F 70s. Nayak already works on Cityhopper (AUK)'s 14 F 50s. Martinair (MTH) will continue Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) on Cityhopper (AUK)'s 20 F 100s until they are phased out in 2010. Between late 2008 and early 2010, it will replace its 15 oldest F 100s with 10 E190s and 5 F 70s. Air France subsidiary Regional will take over the F 70s. Maintenance of the 5 F 100s that remain with Cityhopper (AUK) will transfer to Nayak.

April 2008: (KLM) UK (AUK) Engineering announced the launch of its line maintenance facility at London City. The shop services (KLM) and CityJet airplanes and is expected to handle additional volume this year.

June 2008: Focus Aviation (FOS) reached agreement with (KLM) to provide marketing services for the sale of 15 F 100s. Manufactured in 1989, the airplanes are operated by (KLM) Cityhopper.

October 2008: London Stansted (STN) received permission from Transport Secretary, Geoff Hoon and Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, Hazel Blears to increase the annual passenger cap to 35 million from 25 million on its existing runway. (STN) Managing Director, Stewart Wingate said he was "delighted" and that the airport "will now take time to study the full detail of the decision, including the independent Planning Inspector's report, before commenting further." The British Airports Authority (BAA) and (STN) submitted their original request to lift the passenger cap and increase annual aircraft movements to 264,000 from 241,000 in April 2006. It did not request a modification to night flight restrictions. The UK's only capped airport serves nearly 23 million passengers per year. (STN)'s unrelated application to construct a 2nd runway was submitted last March.

November 2008: (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) will operate 3x-daily, Amsterdam to Liverpool next summer, starting March 29, aboard 80Y-seat F 70s.

December 2008: Air France (AFA)/(KLM) subsidiary CityJet will take over the London City (LCY) -Amsterdam route from (VLM) Airlines and (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) on January 5. It will operate a 2-class, 95-seat RJ-85 8x-daily on weekdays, once on Saturdays, and 4x- on Sundays. (VLM) will take over CityJet's current 2x-weekday, (LCY) - Eindhoven service on January 12 and base an additional F 50 at Rotterdam from January 5 to operate charter flights. It will continue to operate its 8x-weekday, (LCY) to Rotterdam service. The reshuffle follows (AFA)'s acquisition of (VLM) and incorporates the conditions set by the UK Office of Fair Trading to clear the merger. A combined CityJet/(VLM) website will be unveiled by year end and absorption of (VLM)'s loyalty program will occur in the coming months.

(AUK) will deploy a new E190 (PH-EZA) on 1 of its 6x-daily, Amsterdam to Brussels flights starting as part of a fleet renewal program that includes integration of 10 E190s by March 2010 to replace its oldest F 100s. The 1st E190 (PH-EZA) arrived November 10. The (KLM) subsidiary also will take >5 F 70s from Regional in 2009. At the start of 2010, the (AUK) fleet will consist of 10 E190s, 5 newer F 100s, 26 F 70s and 12 F 50s.

SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "AUK-EMB-195-2008-11."

January 2009: Lufthansa Systems reached a 3-year extension on its contract with (KLM) cityhopper (AUK) to streamline crew management and operations control using its NetLine/Crew, NetLine/Ops and NetLine/Ops Maintenance Control technologies.

April 2009: E190-100 LR (00279, PH-EZD), delivery.

June 2009: Cabot Aviation was appointed by (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) to remarket 6 F 50s.

(KLM) concluded an agreement for the sale of 15 F 100s operated by its subsidiary (KLM) cityhopper (AUK), "Luchtvaartnieuws.nl" reported. (KLM) declined to name the buyer. (KLM) has been looking for a buyer for its larger Fokker airplanes since 2007, when it decided to renew (AUK)'s fleet with E190s. It took delivery of its 1st E190 last November and currently has 4. Another 6 of the order for 10 +9 options will be delivered over the next 9 months.

(AUK) exercised options for another 7 E190s, part of a contract it signed with Embraer in 2007. (AUK) still has 11 E-Jet options. The initial deliveries of the firmed options should take place during the 1st half of 2010. (AUK) currently operates 4 E190s on its regional European routes. It will take delivery of another 10 by the end of the year.

August 2009: E190 (00304, PH-EZF), delivery.

September 2009: Cabot Aviation arranged the sale of 2 B Ae 146-300s from (KLM) cityhopper (AUK) to Cologne-based, (WDL) Aviation, which will operate the airplanes on wet-lease (ACMI) and charter contracts.

October 2009: (KLM) cityhopper (AUK) reduced the number of seats on the 5 F 100s that will remain in its fleet, to 100Y from 103Y or 108Y, allowing it to operate the airplane with 2 flight attendants (CA) instead of 3. (AUK)'s new E190LRs are equipped with 100Y seats as well. (AUK) will take delivery of its 8th E190 this month and an additional 9 by July 2010. It holds 11 options. The E190s gradually are replacing the Fokker fleet, which will be phased out during the winter schedule.

E190 (00319, PH-EZH) delivery.

November 2009: E190 (00322, PH-EZI) delivery.

January 2010: To retire its last Fokker F 50 on March 27.

E190 (00334, PH-EZL), delivery.

February 2010: E190 (00338, PH-EZM), delivery.

March 2010: SEE ATTACHED "AIRLINER WORLD" ARTICLE & PHOTO RE-CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA) AND FLIGHT CREW (FC) NEW UNIFORMS

"AUK-2010-03-NEW (CA) AND (FC) UNIFORMS."

3 E190s (00342, PH-EZN; 00345, PH-EZO; 00347, PH-EZP), deliveries.

June 2010: Fokker F 100 (11246, PH-OFA), ferried to Lelystad for display at Aviodrome Museum.

August 2010: E190 (375, PH-EZR), ex-(PT-XNL), delivery.

December 2010: (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) will operate seasonal 2x-daily, Fokker F 70 Amsterdam to Aalborg service on March 27.

April 2011: Embraer (EMB) announced that (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) exercised options for 5 E190 jets valued at $214 million based on list prices. The options were part of a larger order for 20 E170/E190 airplanes plus 18 options previously announced in August 2007. Initial deliveries of the newly-ordered airplanes are scheduled to take place during the 1st part of 2012. (AUK) retains options on +2 more E190s.

(AUK) operates 17 E190s on its regional European routes, all configured for 100-seats in a dual-class layout. With the latest order, the fleet will expand to 22 of the type. (AUK) Managing Director Boet Kreiken said that market and passenger response to these airplanes been “very positive.”

January 2012: (KLM) UK Engineering Limited has appointed Paul Chun Managing Director. Chun will join (KLM) from (AFI)/(KLM) (E&M) subsidiary, (EPCOR).

March 2012: 2 Embraer E190-100STDs (0519, PH-EZT; 0513, PH-EZU), ex-(PT-TUG & PT-TUI), deliveries.

June 2012: (KLM)/(AUK) and Flybe (BEE) have launched a code share agreement on 2 routes between Amsterdam (AMS) and the UK. (KLM)/(AUK) will now operate 3x-daily between (AMS) and Southampton, as well as a daily flight between (AMS) and Inverness.

Flights on which (KLM) will put its code will be operated by (BEE) with Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 and Embraer E195 airplanes.

This partnership enhances the existing cooperation between (AFA)/(KLM) and (BEE) on a number of routes between France and the UK.

September 2012: AirFrance (AFA) continued expanding its Marseille (MRS) base on September 3, taking over the service to Amsterdam (AMS) from its Dutch sister airline (KLM), which until now has operated 4x-daily with (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK)’s regional airplanes. (AFA) now launches the route with 3x-daily frequencies, but using bigger A319 airplanes. As a consequence of the switch, seat capacity is up by +9% on the route.

The following details parent (KLM)'s Engineering & Maintenance (E&M) position as regards (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK)'s interface aspects:
"FLIGHTGLOBAL" ARTICLE: - "IN FOCUS: COMPONENT & ENGINE (MRO) CENTRAL TO (KLM) (E&M) GROWTH."

Antonius "Ton" Dortmans succeeded Peter de Swert as (KLM) Engineering & Maintenance (E&M) Executive VP in February. Even though he had already been in the deputy post since 2008, Dortmans says it was nonetheless a challenging move in the current economic climate with all-pervading cost pressures.

In his previous role, he had worked out an action plan for how the Dutch Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) provider will contribute to parent, AirFrance - (KLM) Group's "Transform 2015" program, which aims to reduce its debt by -€2.0 billion/-$2.5 billion by slashing costs and boosting revenue. But with the promotion to the top job came a shift in his perspective on strategy. "What I invented before, I now have to implement myself," he said.

Cost cuts will be the main focus for (KLM) (E&M), with reductions of between -10% and -20% depending on the area of activity. "In the airframe side, we have to make more steps, because we are less competitive there than in the engine and component sides," said Dortmans.

The (MRO) provider wants to continue conducting airframe maintenance at Schiphol (80% of which is for the parent carrier) but it is evaluating some outsourcing. 2 years ago, (AFA) - (KLM) (E&M) stopped 747 "D" maintenance checks and moved the work for the parent fleet to the Asia Pacific region. "If costs are much higher than the market price [and] one is not able to lower costs and improve processes, then one should decide to outsource parts," he said.

The management wants to make work processes leaner and improve, for example, material supplies on the hangar floor to keep, as Dortmans puts it, "mechanics (MT) on the airplane". But it is also considering shifting work to its narrow body subsidiary, (KLM) UK (AUK) Engineering, in Norwich, England.

The UK facility offers lower labor costs than Amsterdam, and in spite of fierce competition from around 50 European airframe maintenance providers for the 737 (which (KLM) UK (AUK) Engineering specializes in), it is showing small growth with "positive pre-tax earnings", according to Dortmans.

The site also needs new capabilities for airplanes that will be relevant in the future. While (AUK) services ATR turboprops, the existing capabilities for BAE Systems 146/Avro RJ, Fokker F 50 and F 100 regional airplanes will become obsolete over the next few years. A survey of new models is under way, but the outcome is not yet clear.

* ENGINE AND COMPONENTS:

The main growth is to come through component and engine support, as well as more international business, although Dortmans declines to give specific targets. Around 50% and 60% of the (MRO) provider's respective component and engine work is for 3rd-party clients.

(KLM) (E&M) wants to maintain the engines for its parent's future 787 and A350 fleet in house, and offer these capabilities to other operators too. But the negotiations with the engine manufacturers appear to have been complicated by the group's aftermarket ambitions, especially for the exclusively Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent XWB)-powered A350.

While AirFrance (AFA) and (KLM) have thus far opted for General Electric (GEC) engines on their fleets, the group says it would be possible to establish overhaul lines for both (Trent XWB) and (GEnx) engines, if it were to stay with (GE) on the 787.

"We would like to be on the [3rd-party] market also for Rolls-Royce (RRC) engines," says Dortmans. "But that's not only down to us, but also the supplier." He added that (RRC) is protecting the aftermarket "a little more than (GEC)", and that it is too early to comment on whether a co-operation would be possible.

It is questionable to what extent Rolls-Royce (RRC) is interested in another European overhaul shop, given that it has a (MRO) joint venture called "N3 Engine Overhaul Services" with Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) in Germany.

On the component side, (KLM) (E&M) is taking more visible steps towards the future. In April, the group inked a partnership with Hamilton Sundstrand to service the manufacturer's 787 components, for which (LOT) Polish Airlines has become the 1st customer. Other key strategic types are Embraer (EMB)'s E170 and E190 series, the A350 and (KLM)'s short-haul backbone: - the 737.

(KLM) (E&M) will open 2 component repair shops in China with unnamed local partners. One will focus on avionics, while the other specializes in mechanical equipment. Dortmans says that aside from establishing new capabilities, the (MRO) provider wants to grow its global footprint in regions where airlines will not send their components to Europe. This will be done through partnerships and joint ventures rather than takeovers, he added.

October 2012: (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines has reportedly presented a plan to its unions that foresees splitting the airline into 2 separate units. According to a report by Dutch newspaper "Het Financieele Dagblad," (KLM) is considering splitting off its European operations that would operate with a lower cost base than today and possibly based on its subsidiary, (KLM) cityhopper (AUK).

November 2012: (KLM) will launch a 2x-daily scheduled service from Manston Airport (MSE) in Kent, Southeast UK, to Amsterdam Schiphol, further consolidating its position as a significant player in the UK regional market. The new service will begin operating April 2, 2013 using Fokker F 70 jet airplanes, carrying up to 80Y passengers. (KLM) already operates to 16 airports in the UK and brands itself as “the UK’s largest long-haul regional airline.”

(MSE) is owned by New Zealand-based infrastructure investment firm Infratil, which also owns Prestwick Airport in Scotland. In January, the company decided to sell both airports, but no deal has been confirmed. In its half-year results, Infratil said both airports were “continuing to operate in a cost minimization basis.”

Infratil said it had “run an extensive sale process for the 2 airports” and “the impairment charge reflects market feedback received as part of this process.” It said it was continuing “to actively seek a buyer for the airports, while considering all other options available with respect to the ongoing operations.” In the meantime, it said it was working with local stakeholders “to review alternatives.”

February 2013: (KLM) UK (AUK) Engineering was selected by Pegasus Airlines (PGS) for services including painting and a "C"-Check on 1 737NG which will be returned to the lessor.

April 2013: (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) introduced 2x-daily, Kent - Amsterdam Fokker F 70 service.

May 2013: (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) and Fokker Services signed a contract to replace the seats for the Fokker F 70 fleet with new Acro seats. With the Acro seats, (AUK) will introduce the Economy Comfort-zone class on the Fokker F 70 fleet, similar to the 737 fleet within Europe. The Economy Comfort (C) zone is located in the front section of Economy (Y) Class and offers an increased comfort level compared to traditional Economy (Y) Class. The seats offer a weight saving of 83 kilo per airplane, increased leg room and reduced maintenance costs.

The replacement of the seats on the total fleet of 26 Fokker F 70’s is desired because (AUK) will continue operating its F 70 fleet until 2018 and the ‘slim seats’ will enable the introduction of economy comfort (C) zone. The seat renewal will be completed this year. This modification is in line with the enhancements and differentiation of the (KLM) product within Europe as well as the intercontinental product.

Fokker Services partnered with Acro Ltd to develop a new seat concept for the regional aircraft market. The Acro seats fulfill the specific requirements needed to comply with the demanding market. Short lead times, weight reduction, increased leg room, and a significant reduction of maintenance costs.

Peter Somers, President Fokker Services said, “We are proud to have a major carrier like (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) choosing the Acro seat concept which is aligned with the fleet plans towards 2018."

Boet Kreiken Managing Director (AUK) said, “(AUK) has a clear strategy to continue with the Fokker F 70 fleet until 2018. The new Acro seats allow us to launch the Economy Comfort (C) Class on the Fokker fleet, simultaneously with the (AUK) Embraer E190 and in line with the (KLM) Boeing 737 Europe fleet, which is already operational.”

July 2013: (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK), has concluded a lease agreement with (BOC) Aviation (SIL) to add 6 Embraer E190s to its current fleet of 22 E-Jets. The additional E190s are part of (AUK)’s strategic plan to replace the oldest airplanes in its Fokker fleet. The 1st of the 6 E190s is scheduled to be delivered during the 2nd half of 2013.

Consistent with its current E190s, the new E190s will also be configured with 100Y seats in a single-class layout. After delivery of the last airplane from this new acquisition, (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) will have more E190s in its fleet than any other airplane type. All of the E190s will be deployed across (KLM)’s European network from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. “It is a major endorsement for the E-Jets program to see (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) continuing its fleet modernization with additional E190s,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & (CEO), Embraer Commercial Aviation (EMB). “Through its partnership with AirFrance (AFA), the combined group will operate >50 airplanes, the largest fleet of E-Jets in Europe. The participation of (BOC) Aviation (SIL) was key in the success of this transaction and shows the role such an important lessor plays in the E-Jets program.”

“This deal is a perfect example of the investments that (KLM) is making,” says (KLM)’s (CEO) Camiel Eurlings. “Not only do these investments make travel more comfortable, they also contribute to a more sustainable operation and greater efficiency, all of which will help us achieve our ambitious aims to reduce noise and carbon emissions.”

“We are delighted to work with (KLM), by helping its subsidiary (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) to support its modernization plan with the E190, a versatile and excellent airplane,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director & (CEO) of (BOC) Aviation (SIL).

AirFrance Industries (AFI) (KLM) (E&M) and (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) have signed a maintenance agreement covering (AUK)’s Fokker F 70s. In addition to heavy maintenance checks, the contract includes modification work. The work will be carried out by (KLM) UK Engineering.

August 2013: (KLM) UK (AUK) Engineering will perform heavy maintenance checks on 2 737NGs owned by Luxair (LUX).

September 2013: SEE ATTACHED - - "ARO-NORWICH MRO-A/B/C/D/E/F."

October 2013: The European Regions Airline Association (ERAA) named (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) Managing Director Boet Kreiken as its new President. Kreiken has held several management positions at (KLM) across commercial and global account and pricing and revenue, including (KLM)’s Area Manager for Asia-Pacific and Central/South America. Martin Isler of the Luxair (LUX) Group was re-elected VP.

December 2013: (KLM) will move its intra-European services into its regional subsidiary, (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) as it seeks to cut costs.

The move will be phased in over the next few years and follows the collapse of talks between (AUK) and its cabin crew (CA) trade unions intended to settle a new pay structure.

Although (KLM) mainline staff and airplanes ((KLM)’s 737 fleet) will not be transferred to Cityhopper (AUK), short-haul cabin crew (CA) will in the future work under (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) pay and conditions.

This, (AUK) said, is expected to produce cost savings of -€20 million/-$27 million a year by 2019, as part of the wider AirFrance (AFA) - (KLM) "Transform 2015" restructuring plan.

Standards of passenger service will not be reduced, it added.

(KLM) UK Engineering has completed the installation of new economy (Y) comfort seats on all (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) Fokker F 70s and Embraer (EMB) E190s.

(BOC) Aviation (SIL) has delivered the 1st of 6 E190 airplanes to (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) under an operating lease agreement. The remaining 5 E190s will be delivered through April 2014.

January 2014: (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) begins seasonal, 5x-weekly, Amsterdam to Bilbao Embraer E190 service May 26, and beginning May 14, it begins 4x-weekly, Amsterdam to Zagreb Fokker F 70 service.

(KLM) UK (AUK) Engineering has completed the installation of new economy (Y) comfort seats on all (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) Fokker F 70s and Embraer (EMB) E190s.

Norwich-based narrow body airplane maintenance provider (KLM) UK (AUK) Engineering has introduced a new airplane dismantling and recycling center. According to (KLM) UK (AUK)'s Sales Director Dave Spalding, the global aviation industry has 12,000 airplanes that will need to be scrapped over the next 20 years, providing a huge operational potential for the new facility.

The (AFI) (KLM) (E&M) subsidiary is offering "cradle to cradle service" for a range of airplanes, including Boeing 737s, Airbus A320s, and Fokker F 50/70/100s and BaAe 146/Avro RJs. (KLM) is licensed to service airplanes from the day they commence operations until they're completely removed from service.

After officially opening in early December, the facility currently has 4 airplanes awaiting dismantling.

(KLM) UK (AUK) Engineering has appointed Arjan Meijer as Managing Director.

April 2014: (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) ends its 2x-daily, Fokker F 70 services between Amsterdam and Manston Airport from April 10, as the Southeast UK airport braces for possible closure. New Zealand infrastructure investment firm Infratil sold Manston Airport to Manston Skyport for £1/$1.65 last October. However, last month, the new owners launched a 45-day consultation, which could result in an April closure if no alternative is found. Manston said it would continue operating as normal, but this was not enough of an assurance for (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK).

“We can’t leave the booking window open if they can’t guarantee operations after April 9,” (KLM) Cityhopper Managing Director Boet Kreiken said during an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the (ERA) Regional Airline Conference in Lisbon.

(AUK) launched services on the route a year ago on April 2, 2013. Kreiken described Manston as “a real tertiary market,” but said flights were maintained during the winter season and would have continued if it were not for the closure threat. “We can’t do business in a shaky environment. That’s not possible, not for the company, or our customers,” Kreiken said.

He ruled out a resumption of the routes, even if the airport continues operations. “Now it is game over; we will redeploy the airplanes. We are gone. We can’t flip-flop in and out all the time. That is not the way we work.”

May 2014: (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) expanded its European offering with 2 new routes on May 26th, both of which were launched from its Amsterdam (AMS) hub and operated by its 100-seat E190s. With the longest sector being the 1,154 km service to Bilbao (BIO), and the shortest being inaugurated to Zagreb (ZAG) at 1,101 km, both routes will be operated daily. While the service to Spain will face competition from Vueling (VUZ)’s 3x-weekly flights, the airport pair to Croatia is already served by Croatia Airlines (CRH) with daily operations. The flights to Zagreb are scheduled to be operated until October 25.

October 2014: (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines has announced that President & (CEO) Camiel Eurlings has resigned. Pieter Elbers is to succeed Eurlings, effective immediately. The announcement was unexpected.

Camiel Eurlings became (CEO) on July 1, 2013, following the retirement of Peter Hartmann. Camiel is a former Dutch Transport Minister and a member of the European Parliament. He is also former a (KLM) Managing Director and Executive VP of Air France (AFA) - (KLM) Cargo. He was President & (CEO) of (KLM) for 4 years.

Camiel Eurlings, whose term was set to expire in April 2015, decided to resign after consultation with (KLM)’s supervisor board, in order to pave the way for his successor, (KLM) said.

Pieter Elbers started his career at (KLM) in 1992 and was most recently (COO) and Deputy (CEO) of (KLM). He has been a member of (KLM)'s statutory board of Managing Directors since April 2012; he is also a member of the Air France (AFA) - (KLM) executive committee.

His previous positions at (KLM) include Senior VP Network & Alliances, General Manager (KLM) Japan & Korea, and General Manager (KLM) Mediterranean. He is also a member of the supervisory boards of Kenya Airways (KEN) and Transavia Airlines (TAV) (Transavia Netherlands).

January 2015: (KLM) UK (AUK) Engineering has begun the roll-out of Mxi’s Maintenix Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) Edition as its core software platform for managing operations in Norwich, UK.

March 2015: (KLM) UK (AUK) Engineering has been awarded Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) Accreditation for Aircraft Disassembly.

June 2015: (KLM) UK (AUK) Engineering has been awarded the exclusive CityJet multi-year contract to perform heavy maintenance checks on B Ae Avro RJ85s. The new contract started in April 2015.

September 2015: (AFI) (KLM) (E&M) appointed Wayne Easlea Operations Director of KLM UK Engineering (AUK).

October 2015: Air Niugini (NIU) has acquired 7 F 70s from (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK), building on 1 existing former (AUK) F 70 it took in October 2014. (NIU) expects to take +5 more F 70s from (KLM) by the end of 2015, as (AUK) phases out the Fokker F 70 from its regional Cityhopper (AUK) fleet from December this year.

(KLM) is to completely replace its Cityhopper (AUK) F 70s with new Embraer E190s and E175s by the end of 2018.

January 2016: "(KLM) Cityhopper Firms 2 Embraer E175 Options" by (ATW) Linda Blachly, January 16, 2016.

(KLM) Cityhopper (AUK), (KLM)’s Dutch regional subsidiary, has confirmed options for 2 additional Embraer E175s. The original contract, covering 17 firm orders (15 E175s and 2 E190s) and 17 E175 options, was announced in March 2015. Options for 15 aircraft of the same model still remain.

According to Embraer (EMB), the 2 E175s have a list price value of $88.8 million. The 1st E175 is scheduled for delivery in March 2016.

(KLM) President & (CEO) Pieter Elbers said the E175s “will be configured in a single-class layout with differentiated pitches to accommodate for European business (C) class, economy (PY) comfort and economy (Y) class.”

Embraer (EMB) said (KLM) started the process of replacing the Fokker for E-Jets at (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) 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 2 E175s, (AUK) will have 47 E-Jets, the largest E-Jet fleet in Europe,” according to (EMB).

March 2016: (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK), (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines’ regional subsidiary, took delivery of its 1st of 17 Embraer E175s on March 20. (AUK) also holds 15 options on the type. Its 1st scheduled flight will be from Amsterdam to Stavanger on March 27.

April 2016: (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines has launched a series of around 80 biofuel flights from Oslo to Amsterdam using an E190.

The remaining flights will be operated over a period of 5 to 6 weeks, (KLM) said. They will depart from Oslo Airport (Avinor), the 1st airport to supply biofuel directly from its hydrant system in January this year. Oslo Airport has begun supplying Air BP Biojet via its regular fuel hydrant system, for launch customers (KLM), the Lufthansa Group, and (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines.

In addition to biofuel supplied from the hydrant system, biofuel will also be delivered by separate fuel trucks for a series of (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) flights to measure the efficiency of biofuel compared with kerosene during the Embraer (EMB) flights.

“Embraer (EMB) has been directly involved in several initiatives and partnerships for research and development of biofuels for aviation, but these flights with (KLM) are a flagship, as they represent the first initiative Embraer (EMB) developed with aviation biofuels on regular flights. [These tests] will bring the commercialization of alternative energy sources for air travel one step closer,” Embraer (EMB) President, Europe Jorge Ramos said.

(KLM) previously conducted similar tests in cooperation with Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC).

The biofuel for this series of flights is produced from 100% Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certified camelina oil, and in full compliance with the European Union (EU) "RED" standard. The biofuel is produced within the Initiative Towards SustAinable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA) project and supplied by Air BP and biofuel supplier, SkyNRG.

(ITAKA) is an (EU)-funded consortium, made up of aerospace and fuel companies including Airbus (EDS) and Embraer (EMB), which aims to produce and distribute sustainable aviation biofuel in Europe.

“For the coming years, the price gap between sustainable and fossil jet fuel remains the biggest challenge to create a stable market for sustainable jet fuel. Therefore engagement of all stakeholders, including governments, industry and end customers, is crucial,” (CEO) SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk said.

May 2016: See video on Embraer (EMB) E175:


August 2016: E170-200STD (0578, PH-EXI), ex-(PR-EUC).

October 2016: Falco Regional Aircraft purchased 2 E190s (519/522; leased to (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) from Avolon (AZV).

November 2016: News Item A-1: The Air France (AFA) - (KLM) Group posted +€544 million/+$610.5 million in net income for the 2016 3rd quarter, up +13.1% from €481 million in the year-ago period. Revenue for the quarter was €6.9 billion, down -5% from €7.3 billion in (3Q) 2015.

The Group’s total operating costs were €6.2 billion, down -3.5% from €6.4 billion a year ago; the operating result for the quarter was €737 million, down -16.3% from €880 million in (3Q) 2015.

(AFA) - (KLM) said the operating result was “notably impacted by the 7 day cabin crew (CA) strike in July and August 2016, which had a negative impact of an estimated -€90 million.”

The Group saw passenger numbers for the quarter rise +2.5% year-over-year (YOY) to 26.6 million compared to 25.9 million in (3Q) 2015. Capacity increased +1% (YOY) to 94.1 billion (ASK)s.

For the Group’s passenger network business ((AFA), (KLM) and HOP!), total revenue for the quarter was €5.5 billion, down -7.2% from €5.9 billion in (3Q) 2015. The operating result for the passenger network was €664 million, down -16.8%.

Low-cost subsidiary Transavia (TAV) posted 3rd-quarter passenger revenue of €490 million, up +10.9% from €442 million in the year-ago period. (TAV)’s 3rd-quarter operating result was €92 million, up +19.5% (YOY).

The Group’s cargo business revenue for the quarter was down -16.6% to €487 million compared to €584 million in (3Q) 2015. The division showed an operating loss for the quarter of -€100 million, deepened from a -€81 million loss in the year-ago quarter.

The Group said it “continued to restructure its cargo activity to address the weak global trade and structural air cargo industry overcapacity full-freighter capacity was thus reduces by -22%, leading to a decrease in total cargo capacity of -3.1%.”

In its outlook for the year, the company said its “global context remains highly uncertain regarding the geopolitical and economic environment in which we operate,” citing unit revenue pressure brought on by fuel price volatility, overcapacity on several markets, and “a special concern about France as a destination.”

News Item A-2: Air France (AFA) - (KLM) has appointed Franck Terner, who has been the Air France (AFA) - KLM Executive VP Engineering & Maintenance since (2013-08), as the next (CEO) of Air France.

In a statement dated November 3, but released to the group’s website on November 2, the Franco-Dutch airline group confirmed the anticipated leadership change.

Terner will succeed Frédéric Gagey, who will in turn become Air France (AFA) - (KLM) (CFO), replacing Pierre-François Riolacci whose departure was announced in July.

“The Air France (AFA) - (KLM) and Air France (AFA) boards of directors met on November 2 and decided to change the group's governance, to support the implementation of the "Trust Together" project and to enhance the decision-making process. The functions of Chairman and (CEO) of Air France are now separate, and Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chairman of (AFA) - (KLM) Group has also been appointed Chairman of Air France (AFA).

Terner joined (AFA) in 1988 as a Concorde (SST) Production Engineer. He then worked his way through a series of Maintenance roles, becoming Head of Aircraft Maintenance at (AFA) subsidiary, Regional in 2002. He later became Executive VP Operations & Support at Regional and, in 2008, he became (COO) of Regional. In 2010, Terner was appointed Air France Industries (AFI) VP and, since July 1, 2013, he has been (AFA) - (KLM) Executive VP Engineering & Maintenance.

“I have complete faith in the qualities of Franck Terner to accelerate the transformation and growth of (AFA), and mobilize all the company's energy around the success of the "Trust Together" project. Franck Terner has spent his entire career in the Group, which he knows perfectly. He will be an excellent leader for (AFA) staff. He has a results-oriented culture and wide experience of social dialogue, which gives him everything he needs to succeed in his mission to serve the growth of (AFA) and the restoration of trust,” Janaillac said.

January 2017: News Item A-1: Air France (AFA) - (KLM) has sold 100% of its London Heathrow (LHR) Ground Handling Subsidiary, Cobalt Ground Solutions, to French company Groupe (CRIT).

Cobalt Ground Solutions was founded from the merger of 2 (AFA) and (KLM)’s ground handling subsidiaries ((AFSL) and the (KGS)) in 2009.

The company performs check-in, ticketing, baggage and ramp handling at LHR’s terminals 3 and 4, as 1 of 8 ground handlers at the airport. Its customers include Aeromexico (AMX), (AFA) - (KLM), China Southern (GUN), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Etihad Airways (EHD), Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS), Jet Airways (JPL), Kenya Airways (KEN), (KLM) Cityhopper, Korean Airlines (KAL) and Virgin Atlantic (VAA).

On January 6, (KLM) (CFO) Erik Swelheim confirmed the sale to Groupe (CRIT)’s Group Europe Handling subsidiary has been completed, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in November 2016.

Groupe (CRIT) said the acquisition will rank as the 3rd largest ground handler at (LHR). The French firm has >130 airlines customers and employs 3,000 staff. It provides services at Nice, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly through Group Europe Handling, as well as at London City, Dublin and Shannon through a company called Sky Handling Partner. The group is also active in Congo, the Dominican Republic, Gabon and Sierra Leone.

“The integration of Cobalt Ground Solutions, to be effective on January 1, 2017, would bring to the airport division of the group additional sales >€40 million/$42.2 million,” Groupe (CRIT) said, when it announced the (MoU) in November.

(AFA) - (KLM) has already completed 2 other recent disposals, selling stakes in catering firm Servair and industry Information Technology (IT) provider Amadeus.

News Item A-2: Air France (AFA) - (KLM) Cargo appointed Marcel de Nooijer as Executive VP. He joined (KLM) in 1995 and has gained commercial and operational experience working in various positions at (KLM), and its Cargo division, as well as at (AFA) - (KLM).

February 2017: (KLM) Cityhopper returned to London City (LCY) after an 8-year absence on February 6, commencing a 333 km link from Amsterdam (AMS). Launched at 6x-weekly, flights will increase to 12x-weekly from February 20, and from the end of March, services will grow to 23x-weekly. All rotations are scheduled to be on (KLM) Cityhopper’s 100-seat E190s. The link between London City and Amsterdam is already served by 3 airlines, with CityJet (46x-weekly), British Airways (BAB) (37) and Flybe (BEE) (2x-weekly).

2 E170-200STD (0629, PH-EXK; 0633, PH-EXL), ex-(PR-EYH, PR-EYM) delivery.

April 2017: Ireland-based regional carrier CityJet will station crew in the Estonian capital of Tallinn for the 1st time and provide additional capacity for the regional arm of Dutch flag carrier (KLM).

CityJet, which is shifting its operations increasingly from scheduled services under its own name to providing flights for others, announced in February 2017, in so-called “white label” services for (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines. The flights are operated using Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets on thinner (SAS) routes. CityJet, the Irish carrier has 12 CRJ900s and +10 more on order.

CityJet said, “CityJet can confirm it is recruiting for crew to be based in Tallinn, Estonia. With a number of our aircraft overnighting at Tallinn, it makes sense for CityJet to base crew locally to improve efficiency.” Meanwhile, CityJet and (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) have announced a new wet-lease arrangement on routes between the UK and the Netherlands. This increases the scope of an existing code share agreement between the 2 companies.

From May 15, (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) will wet-lease 2 Avro RJ85 regional jets from CityJet to operate 4 additional Amsterdam Schiphol to London City Airport services each weekday, bringing (KLM)’s weekday frequency to 8. 4 will be operated by (KLM) Cityhopper on Embraer E190s.

CityJet will also operate several existing flights to Birmingham, Hamburg, Bordeaux and Belfast on behalf of (KLM).

Under the new agreement, CityJet will also place its code on (KLM)-operated services connecting Amsterdam to London City, Manchester and Newcastle. “As we continue our strategy of refocusing CityJet into an airline with a strong mix of scheduled services and wet-lease operations on behalf of other airlines, this new agreement sees further growth in our portfolio of wet-lease customers in parallel with using our extensive experience of operations into London City Airport,” CityJet (CCO) Cathal O’Connell said.

CityJet retains services under its own name at London City to Dublin, Antwerp, Florence, Avignon, and Toulon.

“(KLM) has been a long-term partner of CityJet in its operations from the Netherlands to London City Airport,” (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK) Managing Director Boet Kreiken, added. “With the new wet-lease agreement, we will be able to increase our frequency into London City Airport, offering greater choice for our customers.”

May 2017: E170-200STD (659, PH-EXN), ex-(PR-EZX) delivery.

August 2017: UK lessor Falko Regional Aircraft, which focuses on the regional aircraft sector, has added 4 Embraer (EMB) E190 regional jets to its portfolio, the company said August 21.

The aircraft have been acquired from Irish aircraft investment management company (FPG) Amentum and are currently on lease to Dutch carrier (KLM) Cityhopper (AUK).

“This deal is significant as it again illustrates the continuing development and growth of Falko as a key player in the regional aircraft market,” the company’s Executive VP Corporate Finance Mark Hughes said. “This further expands our E-Jet portfolio to 28 aircraft.”

November 2017: News Item A-1: Stronger performances in Asia and Latin America were 2 of the main factors behind the Air France (AFA) - (KLM) group of airlines posting net profits of +€552 million/+$643 million for (3Q) 2017, up +1.5% on the year-ago period. While passenger unit revenue improved +3.7% overall compared to a year previously, the stand-out figures were in long-haul, where premium class unit revenues rose by +8.3%, compared to a +3.1% rise in economy class.

Fleet:
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AUK-E175 - 1st 2016-03.jpg
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AUK-E190 - 2013-08
AUK-E190-NOV08
AUK-F 100
AUK-F 70 - 2013-05

November 2017:

0 737-3K2 (CFM56-3) (1198-23412; 1360-23738; 1386-23786), (KLM) LSD, RTND (PSS), LST (EUU) 2000-06, 2 ST (SWA).

0 737-3L9 (CFM56-3) (2059-25125, /91 G-BZZB; 2250-26441, /92 G-BZZA), EX-(MRS)/(DBA), (PEB) LSD, OPS FOR (BZZ).

0 737-3YO (CFM56-3) (24914, PK-YUA), EX-(PK-GHV).

0 737-4YO (CFM56-3) (1747-24468, /89 PH-BPC), (KLM) LSD.

4 +13/17 ORDERS EMBRAER E170-200STD (0578, PH-EXI, 2016-08, 0629, PH-EXK, 2017-02; 0633, PH-EXL, 2017-02; 0659, PH-EXN), EX-(PR-EUC, PR-EYH, PR-EYM, PR-EZX).

24 +2/3 OPTIONS EMBRAER E190LR (CF34-10E5) (0224, /08 PH-EZA - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "AUK-EMB-195-2008-11;" 00279, /09 PH-EZD; 00304, /09 PH-EXF; 00315, /09 PH-EZG; 00319, /09 PH-EZH; 00322, /09 PH-EZI; 00334, /10 PH-EZL; 00338, /10 PH-EZM; 00342, /10 PH-EZN; 00345, /10 PH-EZO; 00347, /10 PH-EZP; 00375, /10 PH-EZR; 00380, /10 PH-EZS; 00519, /12 PH-EZT; 00522, /12 PH-EZU; 00528, /12 PH-EZV; 00533, /12 PH-EZW; 00545, /12 PH-EZX). 100Y.

6 EMBRAER E190, (BOC) AVIATION (SIL) LSD 2013-12. 100Y.

0 B AE 146-200 (ALF502-R-5) (E2050, /86 D-AWUE), WDL AVIATION WET-LSD 1998-10. 92Y.

0 B AE 146-300 (E3125; E3157; E3162), 8 OPS FOR (BZZ) OPS 2000-01).

0 ATR 42-320 (066, PJ-XLI), TRANSFERRED TO ALSACE EXEL 2004-04.

0 ATR 72-212 (PW124) (509; 519; 523; RF GILL AWAYS), 509; 523; LST (VIE) 9/00 (509, /97 G-UKTJ; 519, /98 G-UKTL; 523, /98; 496 RTND 2001-04. 509 RF (VIE) 2002-07. 509 RTND (ATR) 2002-12. 519 RTND (ATR) 2003-01.

0 F27-200, 5 RETIRED.

00 F 50 (11 FROM (KLM) CITYHOPPER) (20247; 20256; TO (SUD) 2005-03. 20189; 20190; "AIR EXEL NETHERLANDS" WFU NORWICH 2005-09. ALL RETIRED BY 2010-03.

0 F 50 (20208, PH-DMT; 20209, PH-DMS), (DMN) LSD 2005-11. RTND 2005-12.

7 F 70 (TAY 620-15) (11528, /95 PH-JCH; 11579, /97 PH-KZI*; 11583, /97 PH-KZH), *POWERED BY BIOFUEL. 12 SOLD TO AIR NIUGINI (NIU) 2015-10. 50C, 30Y.

0 F 100 (TAY 620-15) (11269; 11272; 11301), EX-(KLM). 11301 RTND (DEA) 2005-10. 15 FOR SALE 2009-06. 11246 SOLD TO AVIODROME MUSEUM. 50C, 50Y.

0 F 100 (TAY 620-15) (11444, /93 PH-OFL; 11462, /95 PH-OFO; 11472, /95 PH-OFP; 11475, /93 PH-OFM, 2006-02; 11477, /94 PH-OFN, 2006-03), EX-PELITA AIR, (DEA) LSD. 50C, 50Y.

Management:
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NEIL FORSTER, GROUP CHAIRMAN.

PIETER ELBERS, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2014-10).

BOET KREIKEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR (AUK), NOW PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN REGIONS AIRLINE ASSOCIATION (ERAA) (2013-10).

ARJAN MEIJER, MANAGING DIRECTOR, (KLM) UK (AUK) ENGINEERING (2014-01).

PAUL CHUN, MANAGING DIRECTOR (KLM) UK ENGINEERING, EX-(AFI)/(KLM) E&M SUBSIDIARY EPCOR (2012-01).

CAPTAIN DOUG STEPHEN, HEAD FLIGHT OPERATIONS (doug.stephen@klmuk.com).

PAUL MEIBOOM, VP FLEET PLANNING.

LEONARD NUTTER, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

WAYNE EASLEA, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, (KLM) UK ENGINEERING (2015-09).

DAVE SPAULDING, SALES DIRECTOR.

PETER WALTON, HEAD QUALITY, SAFETY, SECURITY (peter.walton@klmuk.com).

TONY LE MASURIER, HEAD OF SALES.

ROLAND STROUD, HEAD TECHNICAL SERVICES (roland.stroud@klmuk.com).

COLIN GAMSON, TECHNICAL MANAGER (colin.gamson@klmuk.com).

 
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