Photo © Melvin Ah Ching
Notice that she has "ETOPS" on the nose gear doors? I've seen this a number of times on more modern aircraft (especially COA's 737 fleet) but I've never seen them on a 737-200. How does ETOPS certification work for a JT8D-powered twin? Im assuming that the regulations are no different for a -200 than they would be for, say, a -800.. each having to follow the associated ETOPS requirements for ETOPS flight (engine MTBUR, etc). But then again, this is a first for my eyes.
Clearly Aloha benefits from ETOPS certification due to the nature of their main base being square in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but I always thought Aloha's only ETOPS-certified aircraft were the PAX 737NGs (prior to BK), not the more seasoned -200s. I do occasionally see an Aloha Cargo 732 fly nonstop from HNL to OAK for maintenance, but I've always been under the impression that such a flight simply required a special maintnenace ferry permit from the local FSDO.
Can anyone shine any light on this subject?