KLM Parks Cityhopper Embraer E195-E2s At Twente Airport To Deal With Pratt & Whitney Engine Issues

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Summary

  • KLM has grounded five Embraer E195-E2s due to engine issues, including two parked at Enschede Airport and three grounded in Amsterdam.
  • Pratt & Whitney’s GTF engines have caused disruptions for A220, A320neo, and E2 operators.
  • 89 airlines, including IndiGo, Delta, and Volaris, use PW1000G engines, many of which have faced significant disruption.

Engine issues affecting the Embraer E2 series have forced KLM to ground part of its E195-E2 fleet. According to local media, the airline initially sent two examples for storage at Enschede’s Twente Airport (ENS).

Looking at ch-aviation data, it seems clear that the carrier has three more grounded at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS).

Problems with Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines have caused mayhem for Airbus A220, some A320neo operators, and E2 operators to a lesser yet significant degree.

The KLM E195-E2s

Regional subsidiary KLM Cityhopper operates all the E195-E2s flying with KLM. Per luchtvaartnieuws.nl, the latest engine concerns are separate from the initial teething issues. The Dutch news site also noted that maintenance was anticipated further down the line, but the engine manufacturer reportedly brought it forward.

KLM E195 E2 landing at Schiphol

Photo: KLM

Meanwhile, Aerobuzz.de reports that KLM is simply parking the aircraft to use their engines as replacements. The report says that due to a worldwide engine shortage of PW1900G-GTF turbofans coupled with the premature necessity of extensive inspections, KLM Cityhopper was forced to ground two of its planes.

The report does not explain why an additional three have been grounded at AMS, although this could potentially be to fit the replacement engines sourced from the initial two examples parked at Enschede.

Simple Flying has contacted KLM and Pratt & Whitney for comment and clarification. We will update this article with any response.

KLM Cityhopper operates 18 Embraer E195-E2s, with a further eight on order. The aircraft grounded are registered as follows:

  • PH-NXA (sent to ENS on June 11)
  • PH-NXD (sent to ENS on June 11)
  • PH-NXG (grounded in AMS since May 19)
  • PH-NXH (grounded in AMS since February 6)
  • PH-NXJ (grounded in AMS since May 26)
A KLM Cityhopper Embraer E195-E2 about to land.

Photo: ThaKlein | Shutterstock

It is unclear whether the engine troubles affected the three aircraft grounded at AMS.

GTF engine issues

GTF engine issues were uncovered in July 2023 and announced by P&W’s parent company, RTX. It later became clear that hundreds of engines would need to be removed and inspected worldwide, affecting the A320neo, A220, and Embraer E2 fleets. In September last year, RTX CEO Greg Hayes told analysts:

“To be clear, this latest disruption from the powdered metal contamination is frustrating, and will have a significant impact on our customers, on our partners and on RTX.”

“Still, we are proactively managing this every day by dedicating all the resources needed to ensure that we address this issue in the best possible manner for our customers, our partners, the company and our shareowners.”

Approximately 600 to 700 engines were expected to be affected worldwide by defects due to the powdered metal used to make some engine components. The manufacturer revised its predictions in January, noting that while it expected the height of disruption to occur during the first quarter of this year, it would be “a lower peak level than previously anticipated.”

Other airlines

According to ch-aviation data, eighty-nine airlines operate aircraft that use the PW1000G engine family. The airlines with the largest fleet of aircraft using the engines are listed below. Many of these have already suffered disruption due to the defects.

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Some airlines, including Volaris, Turkish Airlines, and Lufthansa, have had to slash capacity with the Airbus A320neo/A321neo.

Turkish Airlines and JetBlue also have notable fleets of A320neos using the PW1000Gs, with 67 and 66, respectively.

Turkish Airlines Airbus A321neo

Photo: Adomas Daunoravicius/Shutterstock

The airlines with the largest fleet of Embraer E2s that could be affected by the engine problems include:

Airline

Number of aircraft with affected engines

Porter Airlines Canada

34

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras

20

KLM Cityhopper

18

Helvetic Airways

12

Binter Canarias

10

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  • KLM Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHP (2)
    KLM

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    KL/KLM

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

    Year Founded:
    1919

    Alliance:
    SkyTeam

    Airline Group:
    Air France-KLM

    CEO:
    Marjan Rintel

    Country:
    Netherlands

  • TECH-SHARK_EXTERIOR_004
    Embraer

    Stock Code:
    ERJ

    Date Founded:
    1969-08-19

    CEO:
    Francisco Gomes Neto

    Headquarters Location:
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Key Product Lines:
    Embraer 170, Embraer 175, Embraer 190, Embraer 195, Embraer 175-E2, Embraer 190-E2, Embraer 195-E2

    Business Type:
    Planemaker

  • A321neo DLH (Lufthansa)
    Pratt & Whitney

    Date Founded:
    1925-01-01

    CEO:
    Christopher Calio

    Headquarters Location:
    East Hartford, United States

    Business Type:
    Engine Maker



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