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Airlines Globally Rush to Change Flight Plans Amid US 5G Dispute

Airlines all around the world, including Emirates, raced to cancel or modify flights into the United States on Wednesday due to a continuing disagreement over the introduction of 5G mobile phone technology near American airports.

The Boeing 777, a long-range, wide-body aircraft utilized by airlines all over the world, appears to be affected by the problem. When two Japanese airlines reported cancellations and modifications to their timetables, they specifically mentioned the aircraft as being particularly impacted by the 5G signals.

Dubai-based Beginning Wednesday, Emirates, a major East-West airline, said that flights to Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, New Jersey, Orlando, Florida, San Francisco, and Seattle will be canceled due to the issue. It stated that flights to Los Angeles, New York, and Washington will resume.

Emirates claimed “operational problems linked with the planned implementation of 5G mobile network services in the United States at certain airports” as the reason for the cancellation.

“We are working together with aircraft makers and appropriate authorities to address operational problems, and we intend to restart our United States services as soon as feasible,” the state-owned airline stated.

The United Arab Emirates has successfully implemented 5G coverage throughout its airports. However, the Federal Aviation Administration is concerned that the C-Band strand of 5G would interfere with aviation equipment in the United States.

The Boeing 777, a significant workhorse for Emirates, looks to be of particular concern in the 5G deployment.

The FAA “has suggested that radio waves from the 5G cellular service may interfere with airplane altimeters,” according to All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. of Japan. Altimeters, a critical component of flying equipment, measure how high a plane is in the sky.

“Boeing has issued flight limitations to all airlines that use Boeing 777 aircraft, and we have cancelled or modified the aircraft for select flights to/from the United States as a result of Boeing’s statement,” ANA stated.

In a similar statement, Japan Airlines Co. Ltd. stated that 5G transmissions “may interfere with the radio altimeter installed aboard the Boeing 777.”

“Until we can establish its safety, we will refrain from deploying this model on the continental United States line,” the airline stated. “We regret to notify you that we will cancel the journey for which the aircraft cannot be converted to the Boeing 787.”

Boeing Co., based in Chicago, did not reply to a request for comment right away.

On Twitter, Air India also said that flights to Chicago, Newark, New York, and San Francisco will be canceled “due to the deployment of 5G communications” equipment. It also stated that it will try to employ other planes on US routes.

The cancellations come after AT&T and Verizon said this week that new cellular service near several U.S. airports will be postponed.

The FAA will enable planes equipped with precise and dependable altimeters to fly near high-power 5G. Planes using earlier altimeters, on the other hand, will not be permitted to land in low-visibility circumstances.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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