Airbus drops lithium-ion batteries for A350

PARIS Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:07am EST

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PARIS Feb 15 (Reuters) - European planemaker Airbus has decided to drop lithium-ion batteries for its next A350 passenger jet in the wake of battery problems on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, its spokesman said on Friday.

Airbus will instead use traditional nickel-cadmium batteries for the aircraft.

Reuters reported last month that Airbus was considering such a move to limit development risks on its $15 billion airliner.

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