Airbus Group NV let its new A350 play hooky for a few days from rigorous flight testing to show off the plane at an international air show, as it seeks to build on Asian orders for a model that takes on Boeing Co.’s Dreamliner and 777 models.
A United Nations panel is calling for tougher inspections and detailed labeling of air shipments of lithium batteries following two incidents in which aircraft were destroyed when freight shipments burst into flames.
Firefighters at Boston’s Logan International Airport opened the hatch of a burning Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner this week to encounter a hazard from something almost ubiquitous in modern life: lithium-based batteries.
Regulators are considering an about- face that would exempt U.S. cargo airlines from new international restrictions on shipping lithium batteries, which have been linked to three fires that destroyed aircraft.
Airbus SAS will seek permission to fly its new A350 jet with more advanced lithium batteries only after first using a standard nickel-cadmium model in a bid to secure faster approval, said the program director for the A350.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking comments on whether to align rules restricting lithium-battery shipments by air with United Nations standards, after companies including Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. opposed stricter U.S. regulation.
U.S. auto-safety regulators are examining the safety of lithium-ion batteries that power all plug-in electric vehicles after a General Motors Co. Chevrolet Volt caught fire, people familiar with the probe said.
Airlines carrying lithium batteries should take precautions with the cargo after a United Parcel Service Inc. plane carrying a large quantity of the items caught fire and crashed, the Federal Aviation Administration said.