American airlines announce the first impact of the deployment of fifth generation networks

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US airlines said the deployment of new 5G services had only a small impact on air travel, as the US Federal Aviation Administration said it had issued new approvals to allow landings linked to bad weather and poor visibility.

The administration said that the increase in approvals granted to Boeing and Airbus planes means that 62 percent of American commercial planes can land due to bad weather at some airports, up from 45 percent earlier.

A large number of global airlines canceled flights to the United States or changed the type of aircraft used on those flights due to fears of interference between the strong signals emitted by the 5G network deployment, which began on Wednesday, and aircraft systems.

AT agreed. AT&T and Verizon on Tuesday evening postponed the commissioning of some new wireless communications towers near major airports as they rolled out their new 5G C-Band service.

As of Wednesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration had approved the landing of planes that use five types of altimeters in bad weather.

American Airlines said it had seen “little operational impact” including some delays and four cancellations as a result of the new 5G service.

United Airlines said it expected “a few disruptions at some airports”.

The Aviation Administration warned that despite the approvals it had issued, “flights at some airports may be affected.”

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