The newest addition to the Airbus family of
commercial aircraft, the A220 (formerly the Bombardier C Series), has received 180-minute extended
operations (ETOPS) approval from the Canadian civil aviation
authority, Transport Canada.
This achievement paves the way for A220
customers to start new direct non-limiting routings over water,
remote or underserved regions.
“This A220 ETOPS milestone adds to the numerous
performance capabilities which the unbeatable A220 Family already
offers,” said Florent Massou, Head of Airbus’ A220 Programme.
The A220 is the first commercial airliner to obtain
domestic ETOPS certification from Transport Canada. This
capability is available as an option for A220-100 and A220-300
operators, enabling them to fly for up to 180-minutes from the
nearest diversion airport.
“Being the only in-production aircraft in its class capable of
performing both steep approach and long-range operations, the A220
is definitely unlocking new route opportunities for airlines,”
said Rob Dewar, Head of Engineering and Customer Support, A220 Programme.
Built for the 100-150 seat market, the
single-aisle A220 is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s
latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines and has a range
of up to 3,200 nautical miles (5,920 km).
With an order book
of over 537 aircraft to date, the A220 has all the credentials to
win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market.