Sao Paulo - Embraer completed certification tests of the new E190-E2 jet and expects to receive the certificate of airworthiness within two weeks.
Tobias Caldas, director of market analysis of the Brazilian manufacturer, said that the schedule keeps Embraer on track to deliver the first new generation Embraer jet in April this year.
The launch operator of the E190-E2 will be the Norwegian regional airline operator Widerøe. The company has already declared April 24 as the debut day of the aircraft.
Caldas also pointed out that the E190-E2 prototypes recorded more than 2,000 flight test hours.
The new E2 family jets was announced by Embraer in 2013 at the Paris Air Show, a decade after the launch of the first-generation series, E170, E190 and E195 models respectively.
The E190-E2 is the most advanced commercial airplane ever developed in Brazil. Compared to the previous generation, the new model has redesigned wings, latest generation avionics, and computerized flight control system fully fly-by-wire.
The new Embraer jet also consumes less fuel compared to the first E190, which can be up to 24% more efficient (measured per seat), and has up to 25% lower maintenance costs.