Embraer flew the 190 regional jet for the first time on 12 March from its São José dos Campos headquarters. The 98- to 108-seat aircraft - a stretched, rewinged version of the 70- to 78-seat 170 that entered service with LOT on 17 March - flew for 2h 45min. A range of systems validation tests were performed during the flight. Further flight tests will be conducted at Embraer's Gavião Peixoto centre in São Paulo state. Type certification of the General Electric CF34-10E-powered 190 is due in the third quarter of 2005, followed by first delivery to JetBlue Airways. Firm orders stand at 110.


Source: Flight International