Due to worries about 5G installations scheduled for January 19, major foreign airlines including as Emirates, Japan Airlines, and ANA have cancelled flights into the United States. The ruling Tuesday impacted Emirates flights into San Francisco, Dallas Fort Worth, Orlando, Seattle, Miami, Newark, Houston, Chicago, and Boston.
The flights have been cancelled “until further notice,” according to Emirates. “Customers carrying tickets to any of the listed destinations will not be accepted at the place of origin.” Customers may keep their tickets and “contact their travel agency or booking office” when flights to those destinations restart.
Flights to and from JFK, LAX, and Washington DC will operate normally.
The C-band 5G signals turned on by US airlines on Jan. 19 “may interfere with the radio wave altimeter installed on the Boeing 777,” according to Japan Airlines. Customers may check on JAL’s website to see whether their travel is impacted, as it has cancelled flights into the US that could not be moved to a Boeing 787 airliner. Flights to the United States that could not be transferred to a Boeing 787 were also cancelled by ANA.
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Airlines had warned on Monday that if C-band 5G was launched on Wednesday, it would cause substantial travel delays, but AT&T and Verizon have stated their 5G launches would go ahead — although with some changes.
A representative for AT&T said in a statement Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration has “not used the two years they’ve had to adequately prepare for this deployment,” and that the company would “temporarily suspend turning on a limited number of towers surrounding specific airport runways.”
“We are disturbed by the FAA’s unwillingness to achieve what almost 40 nations have done,” the AT&T statement added, “which is to properly deploy 5G technology without affecting aviation services.” On Tuesday, Verizon issued a similar announcement.
In a statement released Tuesday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stated, “We acknowledge the economic necessity of spreading 5G.” “Because of our high aviation standards, the complicated US airspace leads the world in safety, and we will retain this commitment as cellular firms install 5G.”
More aircraft are cleared for low-visibility landings by the FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday that it has awarded new permits that would enable about 62 percent of commercial flights in the United States to undertake “low-visibility landings at airports where wireless providers have implemented 5G C-band.”
“Flights at certain airports may still be disrupted notwithstanding these clearances,” the FAA noted.
As a consequence, Japan Airlines stated it would restart flights to the United States on its Boeing 777 jets, while ANA has taken down the website that previously itemised cancelled trips. Emirates has recently confirmed that three return flights from Dubai to Boston, San Francisco, and Houston on Jan. 20 will operate on a different jet, with the return flights on Jan. 21.
On Jan. 20, however, Emirates will continue to ban flights to Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami, Newark, Orlando, and Seattle.
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