As the A350 aircraft program prepares for entering the Entry into Service (EIS) stage, Airbus decided to activate its alternative road (Plan B) in terms of batteries. So the European aircraft maker is going to move forward by using the well-proved nickel cadmium batteries after the boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft grounding due to lithium-ion batteries problems:
Airbus activates “Plan B” for the A350 XWB batteries – Arabian Aerospace
Airbus is confident that the lithium ion (Li-ion) main battery architecture it has been developing with Saft and qualifying for the Airbus A 350 status is robust and safe. The aircraft flight test programme will continue as planned with the qualified Li-ion main batteries. To date, the root causes of the two recent industry Li-ion main batteries incidents remain unexplained to the best of our knowledge. In this context, and with a view to ensuring the highest level of programme certainty, Airbus has decided to activate its “Plan B” and therefore to revert back to the proven and mastered nickel cadmium main batteries for this aircraft programme at Entry into Service (EIS). Airbus considers this to be the most appropriate way forward in the interest of programme execution and A350′s reliability.
Airbus is to scrap plans to use lithium-ion batteries on its new passenger jet, in a move aimed at keeping the A350 development programme on track following Boeing’s crisis with the 787 Dreamliner. Airbus announced on Friday it would use traditional nickel cadmium batteries on the new wide-body jet, which is the European manufacturer’s answer to the 787. It had said last week it was considering such a move. The 787 was grounded by regulators around the world last month after lithium-ion batteries on two Dreamliners failed. The battery caught fire on a 787 operated by Japan Airlines at a US airport. Airbus has already suffered delays with the development programme for the new aircraft, which is due to enter service in the second half of 2014. US and Japanese investigators have yet to establish the root causes of the battery failures on the 787 and Boeing has started advising airlines that deliveries of Dreamliners could be delayed. Airbus, which is owned by EADS, said: “To date, the root causes of the two recent industry [lithium-ion] batteries incidents remain unexplained to the best of our knowledge.
Additionally, Airbus has positive experience in using nickel-cadmium batteries in A380 aircraft and its other airplane models:
Airbus’s new craft is due to enter use subsequent year. Airbus says it will not use lithium-ion batteries in a stirring A350 craft since of problems that have grounded opposition Boeing’s 787 Dremaliner. The European planemaker pronounced it would use normal nickel-cadmium batteries instead, as already used in a A380 and other models. Investigations are stability after battery problems came to light on 787s operated by Japan’s tip dual airlines. Airbus pronounced they remained “unexplained to a best of a knowledge”. The organisation pronounced it did not design any serve delays to a launch of its new aircraft. The lass moody is due to take place after this year, with a initial newcomer moody approaching in a second half of 2014. In a statement, Airbus pronounced it was “confident” that a lithium-ion battery that it had been building with French battery-maker Saft was “robust and safe”. It combined that A 350 status exam flights would continue with a lithium batteries. “However, to date, a base causes of a dual new attention Li-ion categorical batteries incidents sojourn unexplained to a best of a knowledge,” Airbus said. “In this context, and with a perspective to ensuring a top turn of programme certainty, Airbus has motionless to activate a Plan B and therefore to return behind to a proven and mastered nickel-cadmium categorical batteries for A 350 status during entrance into use (EIS).
The grounding process of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet continues, as the Polish LOT Airlines also decided to keep their 2 787 Dreamliner aircraft out of their flight schedule for this summer and till Boeing finally discovers the main cause of its lithium-ion battery problems:
LOT Polish Airlines has grounded their two 787 aircraft until October due to the 787 issues. As Boeing works to find the source of the battery problems, LOT President, Sebastian Mikosz, said LOT does not want to include the 787 in the summer schedule until Boeing has a clear understanding of what is causing the battery problems. Since taking delivery of the 787, LOT has flown the new aircraft around Europe to get ready for trans-atlantic service, and, on January 16th, LOT was able to complete their inaugural flight from Warsaw to Chicago. As the inaugural 787 flight from Warsaw to Chicago began their final approach into Chicago, LOT cancelled the return flight, and the 787 has remained on the ground in Chicago since the grounding of the 787 fleet. The decision to ground the 787 is a setback for LOT as they work to cut costs and plan mass layoffs in an effort to survive. In the meantime, LOT has renewed their 767 leases to substitute for the flights they planned to be operated by the 787, and LOT is reportedly in talks with Boeing about compensation for the issues.
Finally, it is logical for Airbus and for protecting its credibility in the global commercial market to take the decision to utilize the alternative A350 battery plan, as the airline industry is waiting Boeing’s investigation results…
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