I was surfing the justplanes.com website and am planning on buying the dvd's of Air Austral (772) and Air Caraibes (A332). I was wondering how did these airlines obtain ETOPS certification. I constantly read about how difficult it is to obtain ETOPS certification and that the conditions to obtain it are very strict. For instance, I remember reading several times here in the forum about BW and Trinidad not being able to meet the conditions to get ETOPS certification. Why is this and how come airlines such as Air Caraibes and Air Austral for that matter, were able to get this? Is it because they operate French registrated aircraft and possibly french crew too which means these airlines operate ETOPS flights as being a "French airline" and not a local airline of Guadeloupe/Martinique or Reunion? How does this work?