06 July 2013

Lithium-ion batteries installed in the first flight-test aircraft MSN1. "Proven and mastered" nickel-cadmium batteries will be set-up in the first 15 series aircraft.

Last February/2013, Airbus announced that they were switching back to nickel-cadmium batteries for the A350 XWB as a risk-reduction strategy, but insisted the change will not affect EIS-entry into service dates.

 Airbus and Saft are embarked on "additional maturity studies" focusing on lithium-ion battery behaviour.

The flight-test aircraft are being equipped with lithium-ion batteries but Airbus will pursue a certification program with nickel-cadmium batteries for production aircraft, the first of which are due to be delivered in the second half of 2014. It is planned to equip with nickel-cadmium batteries the first 3 batches until MSN20. The current Ni-Cd battery of the A380, manufactured by Saft as well as the Li-io batteries, is being adapted to fit the first series aircraft which will require specific electrical architecture changes.

Lithium-ion battery weight is 30,2Kg.

Meanwhile, Airbus expect that the still-unexplained incidents involving lithium-ion batteries on the Boeing 787 are clarified, identifying the  root cause of the 2 incidents occurring on Japanese 787s which resulted in the 787 fleet being grounded for more than 3 months.

Based on the article “Airbus to ditch lithium-ion batteries on A350” published in FlightGlobal

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