One Flyer’s Opinion on lithium ion batteries

Friday, January 18, 2013
By George Hatcher

Airbus is planning on using the same lithium ion batteries the A350 as the Dreamliner is using (remember those batteries that have gotten Boeing in hot water?) but they’re not changing anything.

At Airbus’s annual commercial results presentation Chief Executive Fabrice Bregier said “we are confident our design is robust” and “don’t see any reason to change.”

Apparently the billions in extra costs that Airbus has racked up has been due to everything but the batteries.

Personally, I don’t know, and I don’t care. At least, I only care in so much as the planes can fly, and are safe safe safe. The competition is great as long as it makes the planes safer. NOT so great when competition pushes these aircraft giants start cut cut cutting edges so they can cut costs so they can secure bragging rights.

If some additional testing needs to be done on the A350 due to lithium ion batteries, DO THE TESTS. Better safe than sorry. When your planes crash or burn and kill people, you can’t give back their lives.

Can we please stop measuring our belts boys, and concentrate on safety? That’s what we frequent fliers want most of all.

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