Embraer Stays On Course

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Puts Finishing Touches On The 170

Embraer finished certification of its 170 model in late October. Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer's vice president of engineering and development, told reporters that completing the documentation was the most important part of the certification process. Affonso said more meetings with regulators will follow as the world's fourth largest aircraft manufacturer seeks certification for Brazil, the United States and Europe. The 170 model is part of Embraer's new family of regional jets and will seat between 70 and 118 passengers. Will it follow the same corporate shuttle modification route the Canadair Regional Jet, Beech 1900D and Saab 340 have taken? What we do know is that Embraer had hoped to finish certification more than a year ago. "It was a very aggressive timetable," Affonso said. Certification came about 53 months after the project began, 13 months behind schedule. Affonso said the company expected to deliver three to six of the new 170 models this year with deliveries up to 60 of the new aircraft next year.