Airbus drops lithium-ion batteries for A350

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Airbus has dropped lithium-ion batteries of the type that forced the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. (Reuters) Airbus has dropped lithium-ion batteries of the type that forced the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. (Reuters)
SummaryAirbus has dropped lithium-ion batteries of the type that forced the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.

seen as more limited because its 787 needs more power to support a greater array of electrical systems - originally one of its futuristic selling points.

Its rival's decision leaves it as the only large commercial jetmaker relying on lithium-ion for main batteries. However, Boeing said it remained upbeat about its well-tested design.

"Boeing is confident in the safety and reliability of lithium-ion batteries," a spokesman said by email. "There's nothing we've learned in the investigations that would lead us to a different decision regarding lithium-ion batteries."

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