Re: ETOPS question on Aer Lingus A330

Date:         16 Nov 97 19:58:46 
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tom.molamphy wrote:
> I flew JFK-Shannon (Ireland) a few weeks ago on an Aer Lingus A330. The
> pilot indicated that the flight time would be longer than usual because it
> would have to be a "non-ETOPS" flight - so we had to fly over Greenland.
> Any ideas on what the issue is here? I don't believe that the Aer Lingus
> fleet has Trent engines so I don't think that's the issue. In any case the
> A330 is certainly comfortable and all in all Aer Lingus does a decent job.

One possibility is that the ETOPs alternate airports normally used
may not have been available due to one reason or another.  This could
force an ETOPS aircraf to change routing.