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

Freight Operators Plan to Deploy Thousands of Remote-Operated Forklifts

Two big freight operators are betting on technology that allows workers to operate forklifts remotely as the distribution sector confronts persistent labor shortages. Trucking company ArcBest Corp. and logistics provider NFI Industries Inc. led a $42 million investment to back startup Phantom Auto Inc.’s remote vehicle operation software and plan to deploy thousands of remote-enabled … 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

Producer-Price Increases Slowed From Record Pace in December

Prices that suppliers are charging businesses and other customers closed out 2021 near the highest level in over a decade, though December showed a slight cooling of producer inflation. The Labor Department said Thursday that its producer-price index rose 0.2% in December from November, the slowest pace since November 2020 and down sharply from a … Read more

Southern California Ports Struggle to Trim Cargo Backlog as Omicron Surges

The Covid-19 Omicron variant is hampering efforts to clear a backlog of about 100 container ships at the nation’s busiest port complex as infections rise among Southern California dockworkers. About 800 dockworkers—roughly 1 in 10 of the daily workforce at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach—were unavailable for Covid-related reasons as of Monday, … 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

Hungry for Chips, Huawei Invests in Chinese Companies That Make Them

HONG KONG—Blocked by the U.S. from buying many of the chips it needs, Huawei Technologies Co. is stepping up investments in companies that are racing to build China’s semiconductor supply chain. The Chinese technology giant is investing in the companies through a fund that it launched in 2019, around the time Washington began putting export … 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