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Ask the Pilot with Captain Pierre Frenay


Q: United operates a large number of flights from its Guam hub. I’m curious about the difference between flying from an airport on an island in the middle of the ocean versus one located on the mainland?

A: The United Airlines fleet consists mostly of twin-engine aircraft. In order for air carriers to safely operate over the ocean with this type of aircraft, the FAA established Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS) that United follows. The safety procedures established in the ETOPS program and the special training for pilots who fly in ETOPS airspace ensure the highest levels of safety. These additional operating procedures enable us to offer more convenient air service and allow customers flying through our Guam hub to enjoy uniquely beautiful ocean views, normally favorable weather conditions with unlimited visibility, and little air traffic. These elements all add up to a wonderful environment in which to fly.

You can write to United’s chief pilots by addressing askthepilot@united.com.

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