Extended Twin-Engine Operations (ETOPS) approval has been granted to the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine for the Boeing 787, as another milestone to first delivery to All Nippon Airlines has been passed. ETOPS approval extends the operating range for an aircraft to 330 minutes on one engine rather than 60 minutes. This enables direct routes on long flights over water, saving both flying time and fuel.
“ETOPs approval marks a major milestone for the Trent 1000 programme, setting new industry standards” said Simon Carlisle, Trent 1000 Programme Director. “We have produced the quietest and lightest engine for the aircraft, with the lowest fuel burn over the lifetime of the engine.”
While ETOPS certification is considered a requirement for aircraft engines, achieving this certification indicates that the engine is ready for operations and ticks another major point on the checklist for the Boeing 787 program.