Toulouse - EASA has awarded Airbus A330-900 with ETOPS certification beyond 180 minutes offering to airlines the opportunity to operate the aircraft on longer routes.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved the A330-900 for an ETOPS beyond 180 minutes, allowing the aircraft to fly for 285 minutes on a single engine towards a diversion airport.

The 285-minutes ETOPS extends the maximum distance to be flown by aircraft around 2000 nautical miles. The certification by the FAA is expected soon, Airbus said in its statement.

With this certification, the A330-900 will be able to offer new unrestricted, direct routes, or more economical direct flights on existing routes while benefiting from a wider choice of airports.