Airbus ACJs Join Elite 180-Minute Club
Airbus airline and corporate jet versions of the A319 and A320, as well as the A321, recently received FAA approval for 180-minute extended-range commercial operations (ETOPS). These aircraft received ETOPS approval from the EASA in March 2004. FAA and EASA approvals for corporate and airline versions of the A318 are expected in the second half of this year. Boeing received FAA approval for ETOPS on the basic BBJ
in 1999 and the extended-range BBJ in 2000. ETOPS requirements apply only to commercial operations.