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Emirates will resume U.S. operations beginning January 21. | © Diogo Da Conceicao / Travel Radar

Emirates has been cleared to resume all operations in the U.S., beginning today. This comes after controversy surrounding the rollout of 5G networks in the U.S., leading to delays and confusion within the aviation industry.

5G Network Rollout

In the U.S. particularly, the rollout of 5G services has been controversial. In addition to Emirates, Air India, Al Nippon Airlines, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, and British Airways have all made cancellations or operational changes to their services in the U.S. as a result of the negotiations between airlines and telecoms providers. The increased use of radio signals by the 5G service has been a cause for concern amongst the aviation industry. Telecom regulators, however, have said that it remains safe to fly.

Emirates has cited an advisory from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and Boeing recommendations as reasons for the suspension of service.

Reinstated Flights

From today, Emirates will resume operations with the Boeing 777 to Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Miami, Newark, Orlando and Seattle. This week, the airline stopped these services due to concerns with U.S. 5G networks.

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Emirates’ Boeing 777 will resume service to Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Miami, Newark, Orlando and Seattle today. | © Luke Sociechowski / Travel Radar

Additionally, Boeing 777 freighter operations to Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Columbus, and Aguadilla will be reinstated today. This critical service carries exports, life-saving machines, medicines, pharmaceuticals, and other life-saving cargo to and from the U.S.

Service to Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC have not been impacted. Service to Boston, Houston, and San Francisco, which has been temporarily serviced by an Airbus A380, will return to being serviced by 777 aircraft on January 22.

By January 22, flight operations will be back to normal.

Long Term Resolution Needed

According to the FAA advisory and Boeing recommendations, Emirates’ decision to suspend some services to the U.S. was based on possible interference between 5G networks and essential aircraft systems.

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The schedule will resume normal operations by January 22. | © Andrea Ongaro / Travel Radar

In a press release, Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates, says that a more permanent solution will need to be actioned soon.

“Safety will always be our top priority, and we will never gamble on this front. We welcome the latest development which enables us to resume essential transport links to the US to serve travellers and cargo shippers. However, we are also very aware that this is a temporary reprieve, and a long-term resolution would be required. Emirates will continue to work closely with the aircraft manufacturers and relevant regulators to ensure the safety and continuity of our services.” – Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates

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