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vapilot2004
10th May 2006, 07:23
Airbus A320 Family approved for 180 minute ETOPS by the FAA
Wednesday, 10 May 2006
Toulouse (AIRBUS) - Airbus A320, A321 and A319, including the corporate jet version, are approved for 180 minute extended range twin-engine operations (ETOPS). The approval was granted by the Federal Aviation Administration after European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had granted the same approval in March 2004.

The first 180 minute ETOPS aircraft certified by the FAA, an A319 corporate jet is planned to be delivered in May to an undisclosed US customer.

A318 ETOPS approval (EASA and FAA) is targeted for 2nd half of this year, leading to the complete Airbus Single Aisle Family to be ETOPS certified by both Authorities.

This 180 min ETOPS Type Design approval granted by the FAA recognises the compliance of aircraft design with current US ETOPS rules and the significant ETOPS experience accumulated worldwide as well as the high reliability of A320 family ETOPS operations.

ETOPS, is an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) rule permitting twin-engined commercial aircraft operators to fly routes that are up to 180 minutes flying time from the nearest airport.



Would this change the dispatch of US AW - Jet Blue - United - or Northwest *
appreciably on domestic routes ?

*some of the biggest little bus operators in the states

And 2 years ? - were the FAA ETOPS hurdles that great in comparison to the EASA ?

aiman
10th May 2006, 12:40
You need an operator in the US before you get FAA approval !

john_tullamarine
10th May 2006, 12:41
... (cringe) .. have to say the right thing and have no discomfort about flying such beasties so far on one ... but I think I still would prefer the seat cover option which had no buttons to minimise discomfort ...

Roadtrip
10th May 2006, 17:56
ETOPS certified airplanes have to have some additional redundancy in systems, so I doubt that most of the existing A320s would be ETOPS capable.

Flight Safety
13th May 2006, 14:05
Just for comparison...

http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/1999/news_release_990914a.html