The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has
approved the Airbus A330-900 for ETOPS (Extended-range Twin engine
aircraft Operations) “beyond 180 minutes” diversion time.
The approval, which includes ETOPS 180 min. capability in the
aircraft’s basic specification, now also includes the option for
“ETOPS 285 min.” This extends the potential air diversion distance
to around 2,000nm. The U.S. FAA’s respective ETOPS certification
is expected soon.
A330neo operators which choose the ETOPS 285
min. option will be able to serve new direct ‘non-limiting’
routings. Meanwhile, operators flying on existing routes
(currently flown with up to 180-minute diversion time) will be
able to traverse a straighter, quicker and more fuel efficient
path, and also have access to more – and possibly better equipped
– en-route diversion airports if needed.
The A330-900 incorporates Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, a new 3D-optimised wing
with greater span and lighter composite materials, plus new
Airbus says that together, these advances bring greater range
(around 7,200 nm with a three-class cabin) and 25% lower fuel
consumption compared with older generation aircraft of a similar