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April 23, 2024
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Air France-KLM Group CEO Ben Smith has confirmed that the Embraer E195-E2s of KLM Cityhopper were not only grounded because of durability issues with the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofans but also because of a “unique smell.” This confirms reports AirInsight heard back in June, which stated that the grounding had nothing to do with the GTF issues.

Smith made his remark on Thursday when answering questions during the group’s Investor Day in Paris. An analyst asked the Air France-KLM management about the operational performance of the Airbus A220s and Embraer E2 with the GTF engines. The powerplants have suffered from various durability issues, while in July, production issues surfaced with contaminated powder metal.


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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.