Air France-KLM plans to take seven more Embraers

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KLM president and CEO Peter Hartman is looking to acquire seven more Embraer aircraft, although the deal rests on securing finance guarantees by the end of May.

Last November KLM Cityhopper took delivery of the first of 10 Embraer 190s which it has on firm order. KLM hold options on a further nine aircraft and is aiming to ultimately replace its Fokker fleet with Embraers.

Speaking in Sao Paulo yesterday during a Dutch trade delegation visit to Brazil, Hartman revealed that Air France-KLM is looking to acquire seven additional Embraer aircraft.

The deal is dependent on the Brazilian development bank coming up with an export agreement by the end of May, shortening normal timelines.

A KLM spokeswoman says: "[Embraer] is keen to take on new orders, which KLM will place if it receives the guarantee that the financial aspects of the deal are arranged by the end of May."