Wednesday, October 15, 2014

EASA Approves Airbus A350 XWB for Record 370 minutes for ETOPS

By Benét J. Wilson / Published October 15th, 2014

Illustration courtesy of Airbus.

Illustration courtesy of Airbus.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has made the Airbus A350-900 the first jet to be approved before entry into service for ETOPS beyond 180 minutes. The FAA’s approval is expected soon, according to Airbus.

ETOPS allows aircraft to fly for a certain number of minutes away from an airport in case of an engine failure. This EASA approval is significant because it will allow the A350 XWB will be able to fly up to 370 miles on one engine. It will allow aircraft to fly longer distances, which is a selling point to potential airline customers.

The approval will allow A350 operators to serve new direct routings, which will benefit airlines with southern routes such as between Australia, South Africa and South America. The ETOPS 300-minute option will be good for more efficient transoceanic routes across the north and mid-Pacific, including from South East Asia to the United States, and Australasia to the U.S.

And operators flying on existing routes at the 180-minute diversion time will be able to fly a straighter, quicker and more fuel-efficient path. They will also have access to more enroute diversion airports if needed.

Airbus noted that receiving this extended ETOPS approval before the A350 XWB’s EIS is a testament to its development team being able to show that the aircraft was equivalent to proven aircraft in the A330 family. As of September 2014, the A350 XWB has 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide.

Image Courtesy of Airbus

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