[See Editor’s Note, below]

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 routes.

The move permits 787s to be operated for up to 330 minutes, or six and a half 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.

Editor’s Note: 330 minutes is five and a half hours, not six and a half. 

Reporting by Ros Krasny.

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Photo Credit: The Boeing 787 Dreamliner sits on the tarmac at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington after its maiden flight, December 15, 2009. Robert Sorbo / Reuters