A350 for up to 370 minutes on one engine

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World Record ! The new Airbus A350 is due to enter service by the end of the year.

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Airbus has won permission for its twin-engined A350 to fly six hours and 10 minutes on one engine in the event of a breakdown, a key approval that allows its new long-haul jet to fly almost any passenger route.

The European Aviation Safety Agency granted the Airbus jet Extended Operations, known as ETOPS, of “beyond 180 minutes”, but will allow pilots to fly the A350 for up to 370 minutes if one engine shuts down, Airbus said.

ETOPS rules determine the maximum flying time on one engine that jets can stray from the nearest airport at any point during their journey — so they can make it back safely in the event the other engine fails.

That ceiling determines the routes that modern twin-engined jets can take over deserted areas and oceans and is therefore seen as crucial to the sales pitches for such aircraft.

It is equivalent to a maximum diversion distance of 4,630 km, an industry record, Airbus said.

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has clearance to operate for only 330 minutes on one engine. The ETOPS rules are subject to separate clearances that must be sought by each airline. Click to continue »