Airbus to drop Lithium-Ion batteries in new A350 passenger jet

London, Feb 16: Aircraft maker Airbus has decided to drop Lithium-Ion batteries and switch to traditional nickel-cadmium batteries for its new A350 passenger jet.

The move comes in the wake of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s ‘exploding battery’ mystery.

Airbus said it had taken the decision to prevent further delays in initial deliveries of the A350 amid uncertainty over whether investigations into Boeing’s battery problems would lead to a regulation overhaul, the Daily Mail reports.

All 50 of Boeing’s brand new Dreamliners were grounded indefinitely following two on-board fires, believed to have been sparked by faulty batteries.

Airbus will use Lithium-Ion batteries for initial test flights due to start this year, but make the switch to the traditional and slightly heavier nickel-cadmium battery before the plane enters service.

Meanwhile, experts probing the fire on a Dreamliner released fresh images of the charred battery at the centre of the investigation.

Pictures showed the blackened remains of the lithium device as well as a frayed and broken earth wire, designed to reduce the risk of electric shock, which was attached to it at the time it ignited. (ANI)