Liebherr-Aerospace recently signed a contract with KLM Cityhopper covering the overhaul of the main and nose landing gear system of 17 of the 30 Embraer E190 aircraft that are operated by the airline. An option for the remaining 13 E190 aircraft is also part of the contract. The first overhaul will be performed at Liebherr-Aerospace’s facility in Lindenberg (Germany), in September 2017. The OEM has developed and is producing the landing gear system for the first generation of the Embraer E-Jet Family.
Hans Werner, VP Technical Services & Fleet Development at KLM Cityhopper explained why the airline had chosen Liebherr-Aerospace for the overhaul: “Liebherr was the best choice with regards to overall costs, experience, quality and reliable turn-around time; also the professionalism of Liebherr made a very good impression on us. Moreover, Liebherr is one of the very few parties being able to provide us, in addition to a spare landing gear ship set throughout the landing gear program, with replacement landing gears in case of unforeseen events. We are therefore confident that Liebherr will be able to support our nose-to-tail Embraer E190 landing gear overhaul program in the best manner possible.”
KLM Cityhopper is a wholly owned subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and an independent operating carrier, feeding its 100,000 yearly flights into KLM’s vast intercontinental and European network. KLM Cityhopper has a fleet of 30 Embraer E190s and 7 Embraer E175s, which will be expanded by the addition of 5 new Embraer 175s by the end of 2017. In the course of 2017, the Fokker fleet will be phased out. Throughout 2018 more E175s will be phased in.