By JON GAMBRELL – Associated Press
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Airlines around the world, including long-haul carrier Emirates, rushed Wednesday to cancel or change flights to the United States due to an ongoing dispute over the deployment of 5G mobile phone technology near US airports.
The problem appears to have a particular impact on the Boeing 777, a long-range jumbo jet used by carriers around the world, particularly Emirates. Two Japanese airlines directly named the plane as particularly affected by 5G signals as they announced cancellations and changes to their schedules.
The cancellations come even after cellphone carriers AT&T and Verizon announced they would postpone new wireless service near select US airports scheduled for this week. The FAA has cleared a number of planes to fly at airports with 5G signals, but the Boeing 777 is missing from the list.
Dubai-based Emirates, a key carrier for East-West travel, announced it would halt flights to Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, New Jersey, Orlando, Florida, San Francisco and Seattle at the start of the problem. Wednesday. He said he would continue flights to Los Angeles, New York and Washington.
In its announcement, Emirates cited the cancellation as necessary due to “operational issues related to the planned rollout of 5G mobile network services in the United States at certain airports”.