Airbus Isn't Taking Any Chances as It Drops Li-Ion Option from the Unreleased A350

By Andrew Tarantola on at

Turns out, Boeing's latest lithium troubles are shaking down to the rest of the airline industry. Airbus just announced that it is scrapping plans to outfit its A350 jets with the same secondary batteries that have caused its rival so much trouble.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Airbus has already dropped the Lithium-ion cells from its upcoming A350 in favor of less reactive, but lower capacity, nickel-based batteries. The move comes in response to a spate of recent Boeing trouble including exploding batteries and thermally unstable power cells. [WSJ]