5G rollout in US: Air India gets technical clearance to fly Boeing 777 aircraft


Following a technical snag that hampered the rollout of 5G services in the country, Air India resumed flight operations on the Boeing 777 aircraft to the United States on Thursday. Boeing has given the airline permission to operate flights on its B777 aircraft, according to a statement released by the airline.

“Boeing has given AI permission to fly to the United States on the B777. The first flight to JFK took off this morning. Chicago and SFO are two other destinations with flights departing during the day. Arrangements are being made to transport stranded passengers. “The issue with the B777 flying into the United States has been resolved,” Air India said in a statement.

At least eight B777 flights to major US cities, including Chicago, Newark, New York, and San Francisco, have been cancelled by Air India. For these routes, the airline had stated that it would try to switch to other aircraft.

According to an Associated Press report, airlines had cancelled more than 320 flights to and from the United States by Wednesday evening as a result of warnings from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that the rollout of high-speed wireless service was interfering with aircraft technology that measures altitude.

According to FlightAware, this accounts for just over 2% of the total in the United States.

“It’s critical to fully comprehend and mitigate the risks of 5G signal interference with radio altimeters, which are critical components of aircraft security systems. The activation of these services, we understand, is part of India’s select list of priorities. Soon to be available in cities, “In a letter dated January 4, the Federation of Indian Pilots (FIP) expressed concern.

The FIP also stated that if 5G is implemented, pilots may face safety concerns while flying.

AT&T and Verizon, two major US telecommunications companies, announced that they would halt 5G deployment around major airports until the problem was resolved.

The United States is not the first country to offer 5G services; similar mobile networks have been installed in more than a third of the world’s countries. The US networks, on the other hand, are designed in such a way that it has raised concerns about potential problems for airlines.

In a statement, Boeing said it would work with airlines, the FAA, and others to ensure that all aircraft can fly safely as 5G is implemented in the United States.

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