Airlines such as British Airways, Emirates and Air India have canceled or changed flights to the United States due to concerns over the deployment of 5G mobile phone technology near airports.
The US aviation watchdog said 5G signals could interfere with radio altimeters, which measure a plane’s height in the sky and are crucial equipment for pilots, especially when landing in the sky. bad weather.
The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) on Tuesday began updating its guidance on which airports and aircraft models would be affected. Airlines say the Boeing 777 is initially in the spotlight.
AT&T and Verizon, the two wireless carriers behind 5G plans, said they would suspend rollout near major airports, which was due to take place on Wednesday.
British Airways said on Wednesday it had canceled a “handful” of flights to destinations including New York, San Francisco and Boston. He said: “Safety is always our priority and although we have had to cancel a handful of services, we have done everything we can to minimize any inconvenience to our customers. We have switched aircraft operating some of our flights and re-booked those on canceled services to alternatives.
Dubai-based Emirates, the world’s largest 777 operator, said it would halt flights to Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, New Jersey, Orlando, Florida, San Francisco and Seattle at because of this issue. He said he would continue flights to Los Angeles, New York and Washington.
In its announcement, Emirates said the cancellations were due to “operational issues related to the planned rollout of 5G mobile network services in the United States at certain airports”.
Japan’s two major airlines, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines, said they would reduce Boeing 777 flights. ANA said it was canceling or changing planes used on some US flights.
Air India said it would cancel flights to Chicago, Newark, New York and San Francisco “due to the deployment of 5G communications equipment”. He said he would try to use other planes on US routes.
Germany’s Lufthansa said it had canceled a flight from Frankfurt to Miami and was changing planes used on some US services from Boeing 747-8s to 747-400s. Its subsidiary Austrian Airlines has announced that it will switch from a 777 to a 767 on its Newark service.
Korean Air said it has discontinued 777s and 747-8s on six passenger and cargo flights in the United States. Taiwan’s China Airlines said it would reschedule some flights and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways said it would deploy different types of planes if necessary.
The airlines said they were acting in response to an advisory from Boeing that 5G signals could interfere with the 777’s radio altimeter, leading to restrictions.