Embraer has completed certification testing for the E190-E2 and expects to receive an airworthiness certificate within two weeks, says market analysis director Tobias Caldas.
The schedule keeps Embraer on track to deliver the first of the re-engined and re-winged regional jets to Norwegian carrier Wideroe for entry into service on 24 April.
The certification milestone is anticipated after Embraer logged more than 2,000 flight test hours on the heavily updated variant of the original E190, Caldas says, speaking on 14 February at the Pacific Northwest Aviation Alliance conference in Lynnwood, Washington.
Embraer also has completed more than 45,600 hours in ground tests on the E190-E2 program, he says.
Embraer launched the EJet-E2 family at the Paris Air Show in 2013, a decade after entry into service of the original E170.
The E2 design is updated with Pratt & Whitney PW1900G engines, redesigned metallic wings, a second-generation Honeywell Primus Epic cockpit, and a fly-by-wire flight control system.
Embraer kept the fuselage cross section of the original E-Jet, but heavily modified the interior to reduce weight and improve passenger comfort.
The airworthiness certificate is nearing as Embraer remains in talks with Boeing about a potential combination between the two companies.