Topping out on ETOPS

One final set of testing down—one to go. The 787 team is celebrating another major accomplishment. This past Sunday during the flight of ZA102 (the ninth 787 to be built), the program completed its extended operations (ETOPS) flight demonstrations. Just last week, that same airplane flew the longest 787 flight to date at just over 18 hours. This wraps up the planned ETOPS testing required before first delivery to ANA later this quarter.

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ETOPS testing on ZA102 wrapped up Sunday. Photo by Leo Dejillas.

Following a minor software modification next year, the Dreamliner will be qualified for 330 minutes of ETOPS capability—meaning it can fly five and a half hours away from an alternate airport.

Now that our planned ETOPS testing is in the books, the team will spend the next few weeks finishing Function & Reliability (F&R) demonstrations that lead up to initial Type Certification of the 787 with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. The final step will be to submit our paperwork to the FAA. Congratulations to the team!

Comments (7)

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Fabulous achievement! When the team does make its software change for the 787 to be qualified for 330 min ETOPs, it will be the second commercial airliner to reach that capability. The 777-300ER first tested one engine inoperative 330 min ETOPs from Seattle to Taipei, in October 2003.

Robert (Vancouver B.C. Canada):

Hi Randy,

Any plans for the 787 atending the Abbotsford Air Show this Aug?

Randy Tinseth:

Would love to send the airplane up there Robert, but we don't have it scheduled.

Jun Leido (Manila, Philippines):

Congratulations on the 787 Team!!! You guys rock.

Robert (Vancouver B.C. Canada):

Hi Randy,

Thanks for your reply. Hopefully arrangements can be made for both the 787 and the 747-8i so they can make an appearance in the next couple of years at the Air Show. Maybe when Air Canada starts taking delivery of their 787's they can show it off at the Abbotsford Air Show.

Great picture looking down onto the 787. Really shows what a elegant and graceful airliner she is.

Norman (Long beach, California, United States ):

With the 787 getting it's ETOPS certification it would not be inconceivable for ANA, JAL or any US airline to start non-stop service between Los Angeles and Osaka or Nagoya Japan, a market fitting for the 787-8.

Fred Hicks (San Francisco, CA):

Congratulations to the Boeing team on ETOPS! The book "How Boeing Defied the Airbus Challenge," gave me a great insight into what it takes to get ETOPS certification and what went on behind the scenes to get the rules changed to allow 330 minute ETOPS. Kudos!!

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