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A330-900 secures beyond-180min ETOPS approval

Airbus has secured a further extended twin-engined operations (ETOPS) clearance for the A330neo from the European Aviation Safety Agency.

EASA has approved the A330-900 to conducted ETOPS beyond 180min, according to a 24 January revision of capabilities.

The A330-900 – the larger variant of the A330neo – had obtained 180min ETOPS clearance on 14 November.

This approval had initially been conditional, because inspection work on the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 powerplant for the type had not been finalised.

EASA granted 330min ETOPS clearance to the Trent 7000 engine in mid-December, and this has led to the approval for beyond-180min ETOPS on the A330-900.

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