since there are just thousands of questions out there in this forum right now as we speak, i thought it might be a good idea to collect them in here and get the answers on this widely unknown topic together in one place. I have two questions about ETOPS:
- Do ETOPS only apply to passenger jets, or do they also apply to cargo airplanes? And what about the business jets crossing the atlantic/pacific?
- LH, BA, AF, they all still have 747s and A340s flying the Atlantic. I mean ETOPS absolutly make sense, but are twin engined jets always that much more economical across for example the Atlantic? On a lot of occasions I have flown huge detours with twin engined aircraft across the Atlantic and taken huge "shortcuts" with triple- and quad-engined aircraft, that often times there were differences up to 1.5 hours. A lot of people say the loss of money for the extra fuel, crew, etc. compare to the extra costs it takes to maintain a quad-jet. But in another thread i just read it takes extra money to have a twin-jet ETOPS qualified and also takes extra money maintaining. So are twin jets really cheaper in the long-run like everyone (at least on the B side of the discussion) seems to know?