Airbus gives up lithium ion batteries on the A350 XWB project
Airbus learns from the mistakes of competition and adapts on the fly. After the Boeing 787 Dreamliner battery scandal, Airbus is giving up lithium ion batteries on the A350 XWB project. On the "farewell, but I stay with you" system, the European manufacturer believes in the performance of lithium ion batteries and will continue to develop the technology alongside Safe. The test flights for the new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft will be made with Li-ion batteries.
However, until the situation is clear from the 787 Dreamliner, Airbu has decided to apply plan B, and on the A350 XWB aircraft that will come into operational service it will install the radiator batteries. Airbus does not want to risk and better prevent than repair. It is very important that such a project starts with the full confidence of airline operators and passengers. In parallel, Airbus wants additional analysis on Li-Ion batteries and their behavior in the aerospace industry.
Even if it made that decision, Airbus guarantees that the A350 XWB project program would not suffer. The first test flight is expected during this year A350 XWB assembled. According to the plan, the first flight operated by an A350 with passengers on board will take place in the second half of next year.