FAA granted 330-minute extended operations (ETOPS) approval for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, marking the first time a four-engine commercial passenger aircraft has gained 330-minute ETOPS approval. Boeing said 747-8I operators will now be able “to fly long-distances more directly on virtually any worldwide city pair routing.” The manufacturer noted that ETOPS has been a requirement for twin-engine aircraft since the 1980s, and FAA ETOPS regulations have recently been ...

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