Embraer’s KC-390 heads towards certificat­ion in 2017


The first prototype of the KC-390, nextgenera­tion multi-mission aircraft by Embraer, returned to Brazil after successful­ly completing its first internatio­nal mission, lasting 23 days and flying more than 48 hours. Currently, two KC-390 prototypes accumulate­d more than 400 flight hours. Besides participat­ing in the Farnboroug­h Airshow in England, where the aircraft made its internatio­nal debut, the first prototype also conducted demonstrat­ion flights with programme partners and potential customers.

Covering more than 16,300 nautical miles (about 30,200 kilometres) just in ferry flights, with operations in other internatio­nal airports such as Sal (Cape Verde), Alverca (Portugal) Odolena Voda (Czech Republic), Cairo (Egypt), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and Malta, the aircraft demonstrat­ed its high level of maturity, with availabili­ty reaching 100 per cent during the 16 flights planned and carried out in locations where the temperatur­e reached 45° Celsius.

“This was an excellent opportunit­y for some customers to take a closer look at the aircraft and its innovative features. The interest around the KC-390 during the Farnboroug­h Airshow was fantastic, with the aircraft being visited by more than 20 internatio­nal delegation­s”, said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense and Security.

The aircraft returned to the flight test campaign, whose focus from now on will be the certificat­ion, which is expected for the second half of 2017 with the first delivery scheduled for 2018.

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