Pratt & Whitney’s PW1500G geared turbofan has been cleared for extended twin-engined operations of up to 3h.

The US engine manufacturer disclosed the Federal Aviation Administration's granting of 180min ETOPS approval for the engine, which exclusively powers the Airbus A220.

P&W senior vice-president for commercial engine programmes Tom Pelland states that the engine manufacturer, Airbus, and Bombardier – which developed the aircraft, before control was passed to the European airframer earlier this month – "worked diligently to make engine ETOPS certification a reality".

The A220 entered service as the CSeries in 2016.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that a total 38 A220s in service, across operators Swiss, Air Baltic and Korean Air.

There are another 424 on order, including the 60 firm orders placed by JetBlue Airways earlier this month.

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