Airlines are struggling to reschedule amid US5G release concerns

Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-300ER aircraft arrive at Dubai International Airport in Dubai on February 15, 2019, United Arab Emirates. REUTERS / Christopher Pike / File Photo

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January 19 (Reuters) – Major international airlines have rushed to reschedule or cancel flights to the United States ahead of the release of 5G wireless, which has raised security concerns, despite two wireless carriers claiming delays in deployment.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned that the 5G interruption could affect altitude measurements that could play a key role in bad weather landings on some jets and initially attracted attention on the Boeing 777 models.

Despite the announcement from AT&T and Verizon Pause 5G output Near airports, many airlines have still canceled flights or changed flight models.

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Late on Tuesday, the FAA began updating its guidelines on which airports and aircraft models would be affected, which is expected to dramatically reduce the impact of the nearly 1,500 announcements of 5G restrictions issued by the regulator.

Dubai’s Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 777, has announced that it will suspend flights to nine US destinations from January 19, the scheduled date for use of 5G wireless services.

Emirates will continue to operate flights to JFK, Los Angeles and Washington DC in New York.

Japan’s two largest airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines (9201.D), Boeing 777 aircraft are said to be reduced. The ANA has said it will cancel or replace aircraft used on some U.S. flights.

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Korean Airlines (003490.KS) Of the six U.S. passenger and cargo planes, 777 and 747-8 were diverted, Taiwan’s China Airlines said it would modify some flights and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways would use different aircraft types if needed.

The airlines said they were acting in response to Boeing’s notice (BA.N) 5G signals can interfere with the radio altimeter on the 777, which can lead to restrictions.

Boeing’s spokesman did not immediately comment.

According to data from FlightRadar24, last year’s 777 was the second most used whiteboard aircraft to fly to and from US airports with about 210,000 aircraft.

Industry sources said Boeing had provided technical advice on possible interruptions, but that air traffic control was in the hands of the FAA, which had limited operations at major airports until airlines were eligible for special permits.

Radio altimeters approach accurate measurements of altitude above the ground and assist in automatic landings, as well as verifying that the jet has landed before allowing reverse thrust.

Air India, which serves four US destinations with Boeing 777s, said it would reduce those flights or face changes in flight types from Wednesday.

Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI) He said the aircraft was modified to be used on selected US routes based on Boeing’s guidance and in consultation with its controllers.

Workhorse Jet

The cancellation announcement came despite a delay in wireless carriers turning on some 5G towers near major airports.

Aviation sources said the decision came too late, affecting complex flights and crew decisions for some Wednesday flights.

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British Airways has decided to change its daily flight from Los Angeles to Airbus (AIR.PA) Two people familiar with the matter told Reuters that the A380, from the regular Boeing 777 service.

Web tracker Flightradar24, A350 can also be used. The radio altimeters on two Airbus jets have been destroyed, while the aircraft manufacturer evaluates its other models.

A spokesman for Flytrador24 said the 777 mini-jumbo was the working horse of the long-haul long-distance market following the Covit-19, while its cargo plane had redesigned the airline map during epidemics.

All 777 aircraft were not affected. Emirates will use the larger A380 and switch to larger flights to Los Angeles and New York, but fly the 777 to Washington, which will not be affected.

Qatar Airways, which operates 777 and A350 flights to the United States, said all 12 of its US routes were operating as planned, with minor delays on flights from the United States to Doha.

Israel’s El al said its services were not affected.

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Report by Tim Hepper and David Shepherdson, Jamie Fried in Sydney, Ed Copley in London, Eric M. in Seattle. Report by Johnson, Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, Ari Robinovich in Jerusalem, Lillian Vakti and Motas Mohamed in Cairo; Editing Baby Nomiyama and Richard Bullin

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