PARIS Feb 8 Airbus is considering dropping
Lithium-Ion batteries and switching back to traditional units on
its new A350 aircraft as safety investigators probe battery
incidents on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, several people familiar
with the matter said.
The move comes amid a wider rethink in the aerospace
industry on whether the powerful but delicate backup energy
systems are technically "mature," they said.
An Airbus spokesman said the company would study and
evaluate the outcome of the ongoing U.S. battery investigation.
"Let's not get ahead of ourselves," he said.
Airbus said last week it had a plan B and time to respond to
any rule changes.
France's Saft, which makes both the new and old
generation of batteries for Airbus, did not immediately
respond to requests for comment.