DC Aviation, Germany’s leading operator of business jets, has received the ETOPS 180 certification from the German Federal Aviation Office (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt/LBA) for the Airbus A319CJ VVIP fleet. Beginning immediately, the machines can be used on routes where the next airport is up to 180 minutes away.
Stuttgart, 10th November 2011: DC Aviation has obtained an updated approval from the German Federal Aviation Office (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt/LBA) for expanded air traffic operation – the Extended-range Twin-engine Operation Performance Standards (ETOPS): As of now, the A319CJ VVIP fleet – currently consisting of three airplanes – can also fly on routes on which the nearest airport at every point in the route can be reached in up to 180 minutes. Previously, only a range of 120 minutes was allowed. This makes destinations like, for example, Hawaii possible.
On a long-distance flight from London to Barbados, for example, the flight time is shorted by an hour, since a more direct route can be flown. Kerosene consumption thereby also drops by two tons. The approval was preceded by a thorough testing procedure through the LBA: The air traffic authority examined all relevant documents of the business from the past five years – from airplane and engine records to safety information and other operative data. Also, the education level of the flying and technical personnel must meet special criteria.
Further, the 180 minute rule also applies to most of the other business jets of DC Aviation.
About DC Aviation
DC Aviation GmbH, with its headquarters in Stuttgart, is the leading provider of business jets in Germany and is one of the leading operating companies in Europe. In 2007, DC Aviation was created from the former DaimlerChrysler Aviation, a daughter of DaimlerChrysler AG. Today, DC Aviation offers the entire portfolio from airplane management to airplane charter, and including servicing business jets. The young fleet extends from the modern short-distance jet Learjet 40, via mid and long distance jets like the Gulfstream G450/G550, to the VVIP Airbus 319 CJ. With four VVIP/VIP Airbus A319 CJ airplanes, the company is among the largest operators of this type of airplane worldwide. In July 2007, the company obtained the international “IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA)” certificate, as the first German provider of private jets. Recertification is to occur in May 2009, respectively 2011. The IOSA certificate serves as a seal of flight safety quality in the world of air transportation, and is provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) within the framework of an audit.
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