AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS — In an effort to navigate the capacity scarcity caused by technical complications with its Pratt & Whitney-powered E195-E2s, Dutch airline KLM has revealed an alteration in its summer itinerary. 

The airline is also retaining a number of Embraer 190s, initially slated for return to lessors, to offset the shortfall.

KLM states that its regional division, KLM Cityhopper, is facing challenges in fully operationalizing its E2 aircraft due to unresolved technical glitches. The airline, however, reassures that these issues pose no threat to flight safety. Consultations with Embraer, the aircraft manufacturer, and Pratt & Whitney, the engine producer, are underway to formulate a resolution.

The E195-E2 aircraft are powered by PW1900G engines, which are part of the larger geared-turbofan (GTF) family by Pratt & Whitney. Although KLM refrains from providing specifics on the technical problems hindering the regional jet’s deployment, it seems to suggest a ripple effect of the broader issues Pratt & Whitney has been contending with concerning its GTF engines.

Pratt & Whitney is presently grappling with durability issues related to the PW1100G, the engine model used in certain Airbus A320neos. This situation is exacerbated by maintenance postponements due to supply chain and workforce shortages. Additionally, the aircraft manufacturer has been alerted by A220 operators about extensive maintenance delays affecting the PW15000G powerplant.

According to Cirium fleets data, KLM Cityhopper has 11 E195-E2s in service and four in storage. The airline also operates 17 E175s and 30 E190s. To supplement its capacity, KLM has managed to keep several of the latter that were scheduled to be returned to lessors and has also entered into multiple wet-lease agreements.

Furthermore, KLM has disclosed that it is making "minor adjustments" to its summer schedule. The airline stresses that these modifications will impact flights that are months away, thus providing passengers with ample time to rearrange their travel plans as necessary.