Airbus has decided to drop lithium-ion batteries on the A350 program. The company told its customers about the decision, explaining that it wanted to protect the A350 entry-into-service schedule. Airbus sources say the airframer’s concerns did not necessarily center on the technology, but arose mainly from the regulatory uncertainty following the two Boeing 787 incidents. Airbus is worried about late additional compliance criteria that could be introduced by the European Aviation Safety ...

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