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Boeing and Airbus ask for 5G postponement

Biden administration letter to delay implementation

A letter signed by Boeing Ceo Dave Calhoun and Airbus America Ceo Jeffrey Knittel has been sent to US Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, requesting to delay the implementation of new 5G wireless services, scheduled on January 5th 2022. In the missive they undrline that using the C-band for communications could harm aviation safety.

"5G interference could adversely affect the ability of aircraft to operate safely" and could have "a tremendous negative impact on the aviation industry", they state in the letter. These are concerns raised back in November by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), thanks to which there was an initial 30-day delay in 5G deployment.

The letter from Boeing and Airbus cites analysis and estimates from the company Airlines for America (A4A), according to which if the FAA directive on 5G technology had come into force in 2019, about 345,000 passenger flights and 5400 cargo flights would have been delayed, diverted or cancelled. Meanwhile, Air Line Pilots Association has called for the government and aviation and communications authorities to overcome this impasse. 

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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