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Friday, February 15, 2013

Airbus Decides to Drop Lithium-Ion Batteries for A350

Airbus will drop the use of the lithium-ion batteries it was planning to use to power its new A350 XWB, the company said Friday.

The decision was influenced by “two recent industry Li-ion main batteries incidents,” Airbus said in a statement, referring to the recent grounding of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners as a result of the plane’s lithium-ion batteries caused a fire and other incidents during commercial flights.

In place of the lithium-ion batteries, Airbus will revert back to using the nickel cadmium main batteries for its A350s.

The battery change will not have any impact on the first planned flight for the A350 in mid 2013, and will not delay the planned entry into service for the plane in 2014, Airbus said. More

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