With all the recent talk of WN getting -800s and possible routes to Hawaii, I was wondering what the process is to certify an airline for ETOPS?
1) What is the exact process of ETOPS for an airline who hasn't done it before?
2) Everyone says how "costly" it would be to an airline. What costs are involved, aside from pilot training?
3) What would have to be done or added to a normal 737-700/800 in order to make it ETOPS certified?
4) Does the fact that Southwest already has 737 experience help the process at all?
[Edited 2010-09-06 02:30:57]