Airbus A220 ETOPS Certification Opens the Door to Hawaii Service
・Airbus A220 engines received 180-minute ETOPS certification
・Pratt & Whitney is the exclusive engine manufacturer for the A220 series
・180-minute ETOPS opens the door to Hawaii
Airbus recently unveiled its newest aircraft family, the Airbus A220-100 and A220-300 – formerly CS100 and CS300. The ‘new’ aircraft is the smallest offered by Airbus and serves the 100 to 150-seat market. The aircraft is already in service (as the CS100 and CS300) with Air Baltic, Korean Air, and SWISS.
JetBlue ordered 60 A220 aircraft to replace its Embraer E190 fleet, spurring another round of ‘JetBlue to Europe’ speculation. With a range of 3,100nm (~5,700km), the A220 can reach U.S. cities like Boston and New York from London, for example.
The Significance of ETOPS 180: Hawaii
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified Pratt & Whitney’s A220 engines for 180-minute extended operations (ETOPS).
ETOPS – Extended-Range Twin-Engine Operational Performance Standards – refers (in very simple terms) to the number of minutes aircraft can fly over remote areas. Achieving 180-minute ETOPS certification means a twin-engine plane like the A220 can fly for 180 minutes (3 hours) on one engine.
Translation: the A220 can fly to Hawaii.
Airbus A220 Range
From Honolulu, the A220 can comfortably reach Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA) and other West Coast gateways:
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