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SIA switches aircraft used on some US services amid 5G roll-out concerns

SIA switches aircraft used on some US services amid 5G roll-out concerns

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 plane takes off behind a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner at Changi Airport in Singapore, Mar 28, 2018. (File photo: Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Wednesday (Jan 19) said that it has switched the aircraft used on some routes to and from the United States, based on guidance from Boeing and in consultation with regulators.

This comes after a planned rollout of 5G mobile in the US triggered safety concerns, despite two wireless carriers saying they will delay parts of the deployment.

Responding to CNA's queries, SIA on Wednesday said flights SQ25 and SQ26, which travel between Singapore and New York via Frankfurt, have already been operated by the Airbus A350-900 instead of the Boeing 777-300ER since at least a day ago. 

From today, flights SQ11 and SQ12 plying the route between Singapore and Los Angeles via Tokyo will also be operated by the Airbus A350-900 aircraft instead of the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

SIA said it will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with regulators and Boeing on the matter.

"We will reach out to the customers whose booking may be affected by the aircraft change," said an SIA spokesperson.

5G TELECOMS AND AIRCRAFT

The recent announcement of the US 5G wireless roll-out has caused much worry among major international airline operators. 

International airlines have either curtailed or cancelled flights to some US locations after Boeing issued a notice stating that the 5G signals may interfere with the radio altimeter on the 777, leading to restrictions.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned that the new 5G technology could interfere with instruments such as radio altimeters, which measure how far above the ground an aeroplane is travelling. 

The altimeters help with automated landings, as well as verifying the jet has landed before allowing reverse thrust. 

Two wireless carriers AT&T and Verizon have said that they would delay turning on some 5G towers near airports.

Source: CNA/yb
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