Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental Achieves Long-Range ETOPS Certification
Boeing announced that the 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft has received 330-minute Extended Operations, or ETOPS, approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. The decision marks the first time a four-engine airplane has received this certification.
The approval allows 747-8 airliners built after February 2015 to fly 330-minute (or five and one-half hour) extended range operations (ETOPS) flights. The approval will allow more direct routing of flights that are currently routed to fly no more than 180 minutes from a diversionary or emergency airfield at single-engine speeds.
The certification will mostly benefit airlines that fly over the North Pole, in the south Pacific, and from Australia to South America and southern Africa as they will be able to take advantage of the most direct routes and it will cover virtually any worldwide city pairing.
Boeing reported that there are currently 83 747-8 jets in service with 11 customers. Lufthansa was the launch customer for the aircraft.
In May of 2014, Boeing received 330-minute ETOPS certification for the 787 Dreamliner.
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