|REGIONAL JET AIRLINER||Virtual Aircraft Museum / Brazil / Embraer|
Announced in February 1999; first orders announced 14 June 1999. ERJ-170 first rolled out 29 October 2001, first flight 19 February 2002; followed by c/n 0002 in Crossair colours on 9 April 2002, by which time the first aircraft had completed 40 hours of test flying; c/n 0003 (first equipped with full Honeywell Pnmus Epic avionics suite) on 25 May 2002; c/n 0004 on 19 June 2002; c/n 0005 on 14 July 2002: and c/n 0006 on 27 July 2002. Announced at roll-out that ERJ prefix was discontinued and that ERJ-190-200 to be known as Embraer 195; intermediate Embraer 175 simultaneously revealed. Public debut at Regional Airline Association convention at Nashville, Tennessee 12 to 15 May 2002, followed by European debut at Farnborough International Air Show 22 July 2002, followed by European demonstration tour comprising 18 flights totalling more than 100 hours. Six flying aircraft scheduled to conduct 1,800 hour flight test programme, culminating hi CTA/JAA certification in November 2003. Further two static test airframes will conduct fatigue test programme with aim of completing 5,000 simulated flights to clear aircraft for 2,500 actual flight hours by time of certification, and eventual demonstration of 80,000-cycle economic service life. Total of 23 scheduled for delivery during 2003; initial production rate up to two per month in 2003, rising to four per month m 2004, with maximum capacity of six per month. Certification and first delivery of Embraer 175 scheduled for third quarter of 2004. First flight of first of two pre-sencs Embraer 195s scheduled for third quarter of 2003, followed by certification and first delivery (to Swiss, formerly Crossair) in fourth quarter of 2004. First of two pre-series Embraer 190s will fly in 2004, with certification and deliveries in fourth quarter of 2005.