PW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 2485 posts, RR: 11 Posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2352 times:
I heard today [what I believe is] a rumor, that next year KLM exel will operate AMS-BIO [Bilbao] three times daily on behalf of KLM using EMB-145. Can anyone confirm this? If true it would be excellent news. There are quite some markets currently not served by the KLM network in which a 50 seat jet would work.
Although one could argue that the Fokker 70 [which KLM cityhopper operates 20 of] is a regional jet, I think this will be the first genuine 50 seat regional jet to be operated on the KLM network in full KLM livery. I would be very nice to see KLM opening up new markets using regional jets. I have always wondered why KLM exel didn't put their jets on the KLM network in the first place, instead of sending them over to Cameroon...? Probably scope clause related I guess.
Could this be the beginning of the end for the Fokker 50 at AMS?
PW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 2485 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2180 times:
Can anyone confirm if KLM exel will start AMS-BIO, or is this just another wild rumor?
Well, they initially ordered three [with another three options] EMB-145s. Two of them flew in Cameroon until recently. Air Exel indeed announced that two EMB-145s and two ATR42s would start Caribbian operations in December 2002. However I haven't read yet that they actually have started the operation. I know there were some problems to get the required permits.
I have no idea where the third EMB-145 currently is. This one could be used for AMS-BIO...?
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OO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1081 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2110 times:
From what I know there were slots requested for that route by KLM exel. The website of KLM-exel didn't mention anything about it. KLM exel did start a service to Strassbourg (from AMS) with an Emb-120 this season.
I have also heard about more vague rumours another ERj-145 should be used to restart the MST-MUC service this summer.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32776 posts, RR: 72
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2069 times:
Speaking of which, what is going on with the KLM Caribbean RJ network? It is supposed to be based in Bonaire and fly to Curacao, Miami, Barcelona (Venezuela) and a few other Caribbean/Venezuelan destinations.