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A330 models approved for 180min ETOPS
Article Type: News and views From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 3.
Airbus A330 models fitted with General Electric CF6 series engines, with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 series engines and with Rolls Royce Trent 700 series engines were approved recently for 180min Extended-Range Twin-Engine Operations (ETOPS) according to the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ETOPS rules.
The A330 is the first aircraft to be certified according to the new FAA ETOPS rules. Under these rules, operational approval may be granted to conduct ETOPS up to 207min for aircraft certified for 180min ETOPS.
These approvals follow those granted under the previous FAA ETOPS rules for A330-300 and A330-200 models equipped with PW4000 engines in 1999 and in 2004, respectively. All A330 Family models are already approved for 180 ETOPS by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
The 180min ETOPS Type Design approval granted by the FAA reflects the high reliability of A330 Family operations, having flown more than nine million operational hours and nearly five million ETOPS flight hours in 14 years of successful A330 Family ETOPS experience.
The new FAA ETOPS rules also provide requirements for certification of twin engine aircraft for ETOPS beyond 180min. Airbus is studying the requirements for obtaining such certification of the A330 and the future A350 XWB is being designed to offer up to 350min ETOPS capability at entry into service.