Norwegian carrier Wideroe has contracted Embraer to provide component maintenance for an on-order fleet of E190-E2 regional jets.

The Brazilian manufacturer says the hour-based agreement covers more than 300 rotables and access to the manufacturer's equipment pool.

It is the "first contract of its kind" for the re-engined and re-winged E2 family, adds Embraer.

Wideroe is set to become launch operator of the second-generation E-Jet series after it receives its first E190-E2 in April.

The Bodo-based regional airline has ordered three of the aircraft and holds purchase rights on another 12.

Wideroe chief executive Stein Nilsen notes that other operators "enthusiastically endorse" Embraer's pool programme.

"Embraer started to support us the very day we signed the contract, and that support has continued to develop, in partnership with our team, to ensure the smoothest possible entry in service," states Nilsen.

Johann Bordais, chief executive of Embraer's service and support division, says the aftermarket deal "embeds our responsibility and commitment with the airline even deeper".

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Wideroe's current fleet comprises 41 Bombardier Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops, including Q400s.