NEWS American Airlines says an A321 operating flight to Hawaii was not approved for the trip

  • Airbus A321 did not have Etops certification required for journey
  • Airline says it has fixed its software to identify correct aircraft.

American Airlines mistakenly sent a plane that was not authorized to make such a long journey from Los Angeles to Honolulu, the airline company has confirmed.
The company is now revising internal procedures, according American Airlines spokesman Casey Norton.
The Airbus A321 that was sent to Hawaii for Flight 31 did not have Etops certification, a requirement for all aircraft that will undertake the flight to Hawaii. American Airlines has different types of A321s, those with the certification and those without. The flight was operated with an A321S, instead of an A321H.