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

Written by Your VIPTRIP Team on 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.

Engine and aircraft makers say in-flight engine shutdowns are extremely rare and that jets seldom have to divert over such large distances. But manufacturers must demonstrate an aircraft can fly long diversions and airlines must prove they have the training in place to prepare for this.

Airbus A350 vs. Dreamliner  B787

Airbus A350 vs. Dreamliner B787

Aircraft descend to a lower altitude and fly at slower speeds when forced to divert by the loss of one engine.

Reuters reported on Sept 30 that European regulators, having granted the main airworthiness or ‘type certificate’ approval for Airbus’s new long-haul jet, were looking separately at granting it an ETOPS margin of 370 minutes.

It is the first time a wide-body jet has been granted such autonomy before entering service.

The Airbus A350 is due to enter service by the end of the year.

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