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A350 secures ETOPS capability up to 370min

Airbus’s A350-900 will initially be approved for extended operations up to 370min.

The European Aviation Safety Agency has cleared the aircraft to enter service with beyond-180min ETOPS.

Airbus says this marks the first time that a new aircraft type has received such broad approval before service entry.

“This means that operators will benefit from the most efficient, reliable and direct long-range routings of any two-engined aircraft,” says the airframer.

Customers will be able to take the A350-900 with a basic 180min ETOPS capability or opt for 300min and 370min alternatives.

The maximum capability potentially enables the aircraft to fly on a single Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine, during diversion, for some 2,500nm.

Airbus says this will give carriers the flexibility to use the type on routes between Australia, South Africa and South America.

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