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Amstelveen,
20
August
2013

KLM introduces new seats on KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70 aircraft

Summary

After having introduced Economy Comfort on its Boeing 737 fleet, KLM will also roll out Economy Comfort on the KLM Cityhopper fleet in winter 2013/14. The Fokker 70 aircraft will be equipped with new ACRO light weight slim seats in a changed seat configuration. Since the beginning of August two Fokker 70 aircraft are flying with these new seats.

The new seats create even more leg space in European Business Class and Economy Class. As a result of the slim design of the seatback, leg space in the European Business Class will increase up to eight centimeters and in the Economy Class up to four centimeters.

In the reconfigured Fokker 70’s with new slim seats the European Business Class will be reduced to six rows.  For the introduction Economy Comfort on the Embraer 190 fleet only a reconfiguration of current seats is necessary. The introduction of Economy Comfort will decrease the number of European Business Class seats.

Modified Fokker 70 aircraft will be easy to recognize when you enter the aircraft, showing 80 new seats with exclusive design.

The seats will have the following new characteristics:

  • Recline of the seatback is possible by operating a recline handle under the seat.
  • The light weight seats and the new light weight seatbelts save up to 140kg per aircraft.
  • The seat cover design is made of E-leather (eco leather). This fabric is made of leather off-cuts and produced environmentally friendly.
  • Co-designed in cooperation with Fokker Services and its partner ACRO and Dutch designer Hella Jongerius.
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About KLM
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands and hubs – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Retaining its own identity, the group focuses on three core businesses: passenger transport, cargo and aircraft maintenance.

In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group, which further includes KLM Cityhopper, transavia.com and Martinair. KLM serves all its destinations using a modern fleet and employs over 33,000 people around the world. KLM is a leader in the airline industry, offering reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of enthusiasm and sustainable innovation.

KLM is a member of the global SkyTeam airline alliance, offering customers an extensive worldwide network. The KLM network connects the Netherlands to every important economic region in the world and, as such, serves as a powerful driver for the economy.

About SkyTeam
SkyTeam is a global airline alliance providing customers from member airlines access to an extensive worldwide network offering more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. Passengers can earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles throughout the SkyTeam network. SkyTeam member airlines offer customers access to over 490 lounges worldwide.

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