(Corrects second paragraph to say 5-1/2 instead of 6-1/2 hours)
WASHINGTON May 28 The U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration on Wednesday approved extended operations
(ETOPS) for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the company said, a
move that will allow the planes to fly on a wider range of
The move permits 787s to be operated for up to 330 minutes,
or 5-1/2 hours, away from a landing field, versus the 180
minute, or three hour, limit in place since the Dreamliner was
launched in 2011.
"Granting of the expanded operational permission will allow
airlines to introduce additional routes after they meet the
proof of capabilities requirements and receive approval from
their own regulatory agencies," Boeing said.
(Reporting by Ros Krasny)