FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A220-300 aircraft flies during its unveiling in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
MONTREAL (Reuters) – Europe’s Airbus said on Monday its Canadian-developed A220 jet had won approval to fly up to three hours away from the nearest airport in the event of a shutdown of one of its two engines, a safety standard which underpins its use on longer-range routes.
The green light has been given by Canada, while approvals in the United States and Europe are still pending, Airbus officials said at a briefing. The extended operations or ETOPS approval affects the number of routes the plane can fly over water or remote areas.
Airbus took control of the loss-making aircraft programme from Canada’s Bombardier in mid-2018. An Airbus executive said the company is looking for double-digit-percentage cuts in unit costs, partly from suppliers.
(This story corrects to show that US/European approval still pending after Airbus officials clarify earlier comments)
Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Richard Lough and Jan Harvey