The Embraer E190-E2, the first aircraft in the Brazilian manufacturer’s E-Jet E2 program, has received its type certificate from Brazilian regulator ANAC, the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), clearing the way for first delivery to Norwegian regional airline Widerøe.

Embraer noted the E190-E2’s certification comes just 4 years and 8 months after the E2 program was launched at the 2013 Paris Air Show. Embraer had originally set a conservative mid-2018 target for certification.

Embraer CEO Paulo Cesar Silva noted the E190-E2 was certified “on schedule and on budget” and that a number of development targets, including fuel burn, noise and maintenance costs, “came in better than originally specified.”

The E190-E2 is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1900 geared turbofan (GTF) engines and features a new wing and landing gear compared to the E190-E1. The E190-E2 is 17.3% more fuel efficient than the E190-E1, according to Embraer, which bests the 16% fuel burn improvement originally projected.

The flight test fleet, which included four aircraft, completed 2,000 flight hours.

“Flight test results also confirmed the E190-E2 to be better than its original specification in takeoff performance,” Embraer stated. “The aircraft’s range from airports with hot-and-high conditions, such as Denver and Mexico City, increases by 600 nm compared to current-generation aircraft. Its range from airports with short runways, such as London City, also increases by more than 1,000 nm allowing the aircraft to reach destinations like Moscow and cities in the north of Africa [from London City].”

Embraer Commercial Aviation CEO John Slattery predicted certification would lead to “an acceleration of commercial discussions with operators around the globe” regarding E2 family aircraft, which will also include the E195-E2 and the E190-E2. The E195-E2 is expected to enter service in 2019 with Azul Brazilian Airlines.

Widerøe, which is scheduled to take delivery of the E190-E2 in April, will configure the aircraft with 114 seats in a single-class configuration.

Silva did concede recently that the E190-E2 flight test campaign was not completely uneventful. “We had a lot of issues, but we managed to tackle them properly throughout the development,” he said. “We had to slightly change the position of the flaps and the way the openings on the leading edge were designed to improve performance. So we had a lot of fine-tuning.”

Aaron Karp/Aviation Daily