How the U.S. Messed Up Its New 5G Rollout: ‘It Wasn’t Our Finest Hour’

The Biden and Trump administrations had years of warnings. But the government failed this week to avoid a collision between U.S. telecom companies and airlines over the rollout of new 5G cellular networks. That failure, rooted in longstanding disagreements over potential risk and a lack of cooperation by U.S. regulators, led to a last-minute scramble … Read more

Airbus Cancels Qatar Airways Plane Contract, a Rare Move Amid Growing Spat

LONDON— Airbus SE EADSY -0.55% scrapped a $6 billion jet contract with Qatar Airways Ltd., part of an escalating legal battle between the two over paint. The move is unusual for Airbus, which alongside Boeing Co. , strives hard to keep contracts with airline customers alive. Airbus, in particular, has sought through the pandemic to … Read more

U.S. Airlines Say Nascent Recovery Delayed by Omicron Variant

Holiday travel helped U.S. airlines bring in more revenue at the end of last year than any quarter since the pandemic began to ravage travel demand in 2020. But major carriers lost money and have said the new variant and a surge of cases have temporarily dimmed their prospects. American on Thursday reported a smaller-than-expected … Read more

Why 5G Rollout Is Concerning Airlines and Flight-Safety Regulators: What to Know

The U.S. rollout of a new 5G wireless internet service has been contentious. After a standoff over potential risks that the connection poses to cockpit equipment, Verizon Communications Inc. VZ 0.13% and AT&T Inc. T -0.11% on Jan. 19 activated much of the wireless service. The companies did so without powering it on close to … Read more

U.S. Flight Disruptions Ease as New 5G Service Goes Live

The launch of enhanced 5G services Wednesday had a limited impact on U.S. flights after aviation regulators gave airlines additional guidance to reflect the decision not to launch the new cellular service near major airports. Airlines had said they were concerned about potential travel disruptions once wireless providers began beaming new signals to customers, due … Read more

United Airlines Says Omicron Variant to Slow Travel Rebound

United Airlines Holdings Inc. UAL -2.65% said the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 dented near-term bookings and will slow its recovery, but said the setback is likely to be temporary. The Chicago-based airline is scaling back its schedule in the first months of the year as it grapples with the new variant’s impact … Read more

Airlines Cancel Some Flights Citing Launch of AT&T, Verizon 5G Signals

Several international airlines canceled some U.S.-bound flights after American wireless operators and aviation officials were unable to fully resolve a monthslong standoff over the launch of new 5G signals. Nonetheless, a handful of international airlines said Tuesday they plan to suspend some U.S. flights starting Wednesday, citing operational concerns stemming from the Federal Aviation Administration’s … Read more

U.S. Airlines Say Further 5G Delay Needed to Avoid Flight Disruptions This Week

The chief executives of major passenger and cargo airlines said there could be significant flight disruptions when new 5G service goes live in the U.S. this week, unless implementation of the wireless service within two miles of major airport runways is delayed. The outlook had worsened for flight disruptions from the planned rollout of new … Read more

Flight Cancellations Start to Slow as Airlines Reset

Flight cancellations are starting to slow down as airlines dig out from winter storms and adjust schedules to account for elevated worker absences due to surging Covid-19 cases. Airlines continued to scrub flights over the weekend and Monday, but at a lower rate than in recent weeks. Some 870 flights to, from or within the … Read more

FAA Selects Airports for 5G Buffer Zones

U.S. air-safety regulators have picked dozens of airports that would get buffer zones to help avoid expected flight disruptions once a new 5G wireless service goes live later this month. The 50 airports selected by the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday include hubs for major U.S. passenger airlines such as Chicago’s O’Hare International and Dallas … Read more