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ETOPSExtended Operations (US FAA)
ETOPSExtended Twin (Engine) Operations
ETOPSEngines Turn(ing) Or Passengers Swim(ming)
ETOPSExtended-Range Twin-Engine Operational Performance Standards
ETOPSExtended Twin-Engine Over-water Operations
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During the 1990s, engine companies such as Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, and General Electric carried out extensive engine component testing to meet ETOPS certification.
The longest current Etops range of five hours was granted to the 787 variant in May.
"If politically they feel they cannot move aggressively toward restoring three-hour ETOPS they may restrict it to one hour, so the aircraft can land if there is a fire," said Weber.
The entire fleet is rated for ETOPS (extended twin-engine operations).
Aircraft manufacturer Boeing (NYSE:BA) on Monday announced that it has received type-design approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for up to 330-minute extended operations (ETOPS) for its 777 fleet.
"With the four-engined A380, we are free from ETOPS constraints and can provide flexible operations."
The seasonal daily flights will be operated using Boeing 757 ETOPS aircraft with 12 seats in Envoy and 164 seats in Economy Class.
Initially, it will be flown on domestic flights for ETOPS rating purposes and to expedite pilot training.
The ETOPS licence, which lets airlines fly over large expanses of water with two engines, was removed temporarily, making them the first firm in 15 years to face such action from the Civil Aviation Authority.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has suspended its Etops certification - believed to be the first time this has happened to a British operator in 15 years - meaning its planes can never be more than one hour from an airport.
The most challenging hurdle for the aircraft to clear has been flight testing known as ETOPS (extended-range, twin-engine operations).