The UK Civil Aviation Authority has approved Twinjet Aircraft's application for 120 min extended twin engine operations (ETOPS) for the Luton Airport-based operator's Airbus A319 Corporate Jetliner (CJ). The approval is the first 120 min ETOPS licence for an A319CJ, and will allow Twinjet to operate flights using suitable airports as designated alternates that are up to 1,500km (810nm) away from any point on the planned route. The approval will be particularly beneficial on North Atlantic routes, allowing more direct routeings, reduced flight times and more economical charter prices. Twinjet has already operated its first ETOPS flight, from Luton to Jamaica via Bermuda.

Source: Flight International