Airbus doesn't want Boeing's batteries
The company said that "Airbus is confident that the lithium ion (Li-ion) main battery architecture it has been developing with Saft and qualifying for the A350 XWB aircraft is robust and safe. The A350 XWB flight test programme will continue as planned with the qualified Li-ion main batteries," but also adds that "to date, the root causes of the two recent industry Li-ion main batteries incidents remain unexplained to the best of our knowledge."
The company has decided to activate its "Plan B" and reverts back to the proven and mastered nickel cadmium main batteries for its A350 XWB programme at Entry into Service (EIS). Airbus believes that's the most appropriate way forward in the interest of A350 XWB reliability. At the same time the company has also launched additional maturity studies on Li-ion main batteries behavior in aerospace operations and will take on board the findings of the official investigation. ■