EMBRAER has finally been granted final type and production certification for its EMB 170 regional airliner. With the outstanding paperwork cleared the way is paved for first deliveries and allows the aircraft to enter revenue service. Embraer expects deliveries to LOT Polish Airlines, Alitalia, and US Airways to begin shortly, with 11 aircraft scheduled to depart the Sao Jose dos Campos plant in March. The certification programme for the Embraer 170 involved the production of more than 2,000 certification reports, as well as some 4,000 development and supporting documents. More than 1,000 meetings were held with certification officials. The flight test programme involved six prototypes and one production aircraft used for reliability testing. An additional 250 tests were conducted in laboratories and ground test simulators. The Embraer 170/190 family has attracted 245 firm orders and 305 options from Air Caraibes, Alitalia, Cirrus, GECAS, JetBlue, LOT, Swiss and US Airways.