March 29, 2017 / 3:00 PM / 7 months ago

Embraer's E195-E2 makes first flight well ahead of schedule

SAO PAULO, March 29 (Reuters) - Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA said on Wednesday its biggest commercial aircraft ever took to the skies more than three months ahead of schedule, confirming healthy progress on a re-engined new generation of airliners.

A prototype of the E195-E2 began its first flight shortly before noon Brazil local time (1500 GMT), the company said on Twitter, celebrating a milestone originally programmed for the second half of 2017. (Reporting by Brad Haynes; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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