German carrier Lufthansa has cancelled a flight from Frankfurt to New York over today’s roll out of 5G services across the US.
Alongside its subsidiary Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa has also decided to switch aircraft from a Boeing 747-8 to a 747-400, Reuters reported.
Lufthansa, the first European carrier to cancel flights to the US, has followed in the footsteps of airlines such as All Nippon Airways and Emirates, which scrapped some of their routes “due to operational concerns associated with the planned deployment of 5G mobile network services in the US.”
The airlines’ decision came as a result of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) updating its guidance on which kind of aircraft could be impacted more by the deployment of 5G near airports.
After clearing 45 per cent of the US entire commercial fleet, the FAA reported that in some models – including Boeing’s 777 – instruments such as altimeters, which are used by pilots to take off and land in bad weather, could face 5G-related issues.
To mitigate the situation, the Biden administration has been locked in talks with US aviation and telecommunications stakeholders.
“We recognize the economic importance of expanding 5G, and we appreciate the wireless companies working with us to protect the flying public and the country’s supply chain,” said transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg following the decision by US network operators Verixon and AT & T to limit 5G deployment at airports.
“The complex U.S. airspace leads the world in safety because of our high standards for aviation, and we will maintain this commitment as wireless companies deploy 5G.”