KLM is the latest company impacted by the ongoing Pratt and Whitney engine crisis, announcing that its summer schedule will be affected.
The company uses the Embraer E195-E2s for its KLM CityHopper brand and has been transitioning to the new type to boost efficiency. However, those plans will be halted as technical difficulties mean this summer schedule changes will be adjusted.
While the company seeks clarification on the matter and hopes for a resolution, they ultimately join a long list of companies also impacted by similar. Unfortunately, the list drags on whether it be with Airbus A220s, Airbus A320s, or Embraer jets.
Reductions in its flight schedule are expected and will impact plans for several months, as reported by the company. That means they’ll do everything possible to ensure everyone is rebooked to an appropriate service as soon as possible but note to still travel and book with caution.
Components and software need updating on the PW1900G, equipped on the Embraer E195-E2s with KLM CityHopper. However, the inability to do this on time and the delays mean that the aircraft is not fit to continue flying.
This has been an ongoing problem for the company that they hope will ease with time. While aircraft remained ground, some of KLM’s E2s also seemingly hopped in and out of storage.
KLM will look towards continuing the wet-lease agreements for the older E195s due to the loss in capacity for these specific new jets.