The Pioneer of Extended Operations (ETOPS)
In May 1985, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved 767s for long-range flights of up to 120 minutes from an alternate airport.
In March 1989, the FAA approved the 767 as the first jetliner for 180-minute extended operations (ETOPS). This allows more direct, time-saving trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic flights from many U.S. gateways.
After more than 15 years ETOPS has proven successful and is now part of airlines' routine operations. 767s fly more ETOPS flights than any other airplane.