LONDON Airbus SAS has
abandoned plans to use lightweight lithium-ion batteries in its
new A350 airliners in the wake of incidents involving similar
batteries on Boeing Co.'s Dreamliner aircraft.
The company will revert to using
conventional nickel-cadmium batteries, technology already in
use on existing Airbus models.
The decision comes as
investigations continue into problems on two of Boeings
787 Dreamliner jets, which use lithium-ion batteries.
"With a view to ensuring the
highest level of program certainty, Airbus has decided to ...
revert back to the proven and mastered nickel-cadmium main
batteries for its A350 XWB program at entry into service,"
Airbus late last year completed
the assembly of its first test version of the A350. Initial
ground tests of that aircraft using lithium-ion batteries had
Airbus will use lithium-ion
batteries on the A350 for the maiden flight in 2013, but will
switch to conventional batteries for certification and
"Airbus is confident that the
lithium-ion main battery architecture it has been developing
with Saft (SA) and qualifying for the A350 XWB aircraft is
robust and safe. The A350 XWB flight test program will continue
as planned with the qualified (lithium-ion) main batteries," it
Airbus has also launched
additional maturity studies on the behavior of lithium-ion
batteries in aerospace operations, it said, adding that it will
"take on board" the findings of the ongoing official
A version of this article
was first published by AMM sister publication Metal