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Air India’s Boeing 777 cleared to fly to the US

The rollout of 5G primarily impacted the operations of Boeing 777 and 747 aircraft while the FAA asked Boeing 787 operators to take additional precautions when landing on wet runways at affected airports. (File Photo: Reuters)Premium
The rollout of 5G primarily impacted the operations of Boeing 777 and 747 aircraft while the FAA asked Boeing 787 operators to take additional precautions when landing on wet runways at affected airports. (File Photo: Reuters)

  • Air India had cancelled, curtailed and revised flights to​ the US due following deployment of 5G internet services in the country from 19 January. The national carrier had cancelled at least 14 flights between India and US on Wednesday, leaving several passengers stranded

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NEW DELHI : Air India, which had to cancel several flights to the US following safety risks to Boeing B777's radio altimeters following 5G rollout there, has been cleared to operate the aircraft to the country, the airline said in a statement on Thursday.

"Boeing has cleared Air India to operate to USA on B777. Accordingly, first flight has left this morning (Thursday morning) to JFK (New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport)," the airline said. “Other flights leaving in the day are to Chicago and San Francisco. Arrangements to carry stranded pax are being worked out."

The national carrier had cancelled at least 14 flights between India and US on Wednesday, leaving several passengers stranded, according to media reports. It also had to curtail or revise some other flights to the US.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had warned that the 5G rollout could interfere with cockpit instruments such as altimeters as the C Band (3.7GHz- 3.98Ghz) for 5G services and the altimeters (4.2-4.4 GHz ) operated at similar frequency. The move primarily impacted operations of Boeing 777 and 747s, while the FAA asked Boeing 787 operators to take “additional precautions" while landing on wet runways.

Altimeters are key for landing aircraft safely during bad weather conditions when visual approach is difficult to obtain.

Air India, meanwhile, also said that it will resume normal flight operations under air bubble agreement to the US from 21 January. As things stand, scheduled international flights are suspended at least till end of February.

A bilateral air bubble allows flights between India and other nations with preconditions during the pandemic.

Due to safety concerns posed by the 5G rollout in the US, Air India, Emirates, ANA, and Japan Airlines, among others, have either cancelled, curtailed or revised flights to the US.

Air India operates flights to Chicago, Washington, San Fransisco, New York, and Newark, among other locations. These routes are served by the airline’s wide-body fleet of Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 planes.

On Wednesday, FAA issued approvals for altimeters to allow an estimated 62% of the US commercial fleet to perform low visibility landings at airports, where 5G C-band has been deployed.

Currently, three airlines--American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Air India--operate direct flights between India and the US. These airlines use Boeing 777 aircraft, along with 787 planes, to service the route.

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