I'm so confused over this issue of transatlantic flights. I was told jet airliners must stay within 170 miles of land when flying from the USA to Europe but then I was told that the jets that have more than 2 engines can fly over the ocean without being close to land.
However, I flew from Berlin to Miami on Air Berlin and this jet only had 2 engines on the wings! However the pilot took a course way over the Atlantic crossing Bermuda instead of hugging the Iceland/Greenland and Newfoundland coasts.
Can you explain why they approved this route almost directly over the Atlantic over 1000 miles from land?
I was monitoring the route throughout the flight and was quite apprehensive about this route with a 2 engine airliner.
Can you give me the skinny on this airline rule of transatlantic flights?
Perhaps you have not been given the correct information about flying a twin-engine plane over the ocean. I have recently written an article in the Air Asia in-flight magazine precisely explaining the rules of ETOPS (Extended Twin Engine Operations) for those who are having a vague knowledge on this topic.
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