- New Boeing 777 and 777X fleets will be fitted with Saft ULM ultra-low maintenance battery systems in Saft’s first direct contract with Boeing as a first-tier supplier/integrator
- The Saft battery systems are also available for retrofitting on existing Boeing 777 airplanes through Boeing Global Services
Paris. 18 July 2018. Boeing has awarded Saft a contract to fit all its new 777 and 777X airliners with onboard rechargeable nickel-cadmium battery systems comprising ULM ultra-low maintenance Eversky batteries combined with a dedicated charger. The new Saft battery system is designed to offer Boeing 777 operators superior performance and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) due to extended maintenance intervals. Customers can retrofit existing 777 airplanes with these new systems distributed by Boeing Global Services subsidiary Aviall.
The 777 contract, which will apply to all new aircraft delivered from the first quarter of 2019, is Saft’s first direct contract with Boeing as a first-tier supplier/integrator. Saft has been providing batteries to Boeing for more than 30 years working via integrators. Saft also has a long-standing relationship with Aviall to offer extensive product and related service support for the worldwide commercial aircraft fleet.
The Boeing 777 battery system provides onboard power for APU (auxiliary power unit) starting and backup for critical systems. It comprises a 60 Ah, 24 V ULM battery together with a charger. Two battery systems are fitted to each airplane.
Saft ULM aviation batteries have a well-established track record with major aircraft and helicopter manufacturers. They offer Boeing the ideal combination of high performance, low weight, long service life and ultra-low maintenance requirements that enable significant reductions in the TCO for commercial aircraft. The ULM design also benefits from easily replaceable spare parts as well as the capability to be stored for long periods – up to 10 years – with no deterioration in performance.