News File image: A pilot has reported coming within feet of a metallic rugby ball shaped UFO while flying over the English countryside

Investigators have been unable to trace or established what the ‘bright silver rugby ball shaped’ object, which came within feet of the cockpit, was

Airbus's challenge to the Dreamliner gets off ground

The Airbus A350, Europe's answer to Boeing's Dreamliner, took to the air for the first time yesterday, making its maiden flight out of Toulouse where it is assembled.

The Airbus A350 takes off on its maiden flight from Toulouse-Blagnac airport

Airbus challenges Boeing: New A350 takes off on maiden flight from Toulouse

More than half of the plane is made up of lightweight carbon-fibre

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Tui to buy more Boeings after Dreamliner lands

On the day its first Dreamliner touched down in the UK, Tui Travel yesterday agreed a multi-billion-pound deal to buy more Boeing jets.

A British Airways flight BA762 surrounded by emergency vehicles after an emergency landing at Heathrow airport

Simon Calder: Airlines must act urgently to correct these alarming errors

Any traveller who normally revels in the formidable safety record of UK airlines, and cheerfully obeys the crew’s injunction to “sit back, relax and enjoy the flight”, may grip the armrests a little more tightly next time they board a narrow-bodied Airbus.

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24 May 2013: Emergency services attend a British Airways passenger plane after it had to make an emergency landing at Heathrow airport

Doors on both engines of emergency landing British Airways flight 'were left unlatched'

The fan cowl doors from both engines detached as the aircraft left the runway at Heathrow, puncturing a fuel pipe on the right engine, the report said

24 May 2013: Emergency services attend a British Airways passenger plane after it had to make an emergency landing at Heathrow airport

Engine issues behind BA plane's emergency landing at Heathrow

The British Airways plane in last week's dramatic emergency at Heathrow landed after pilots shut down one engine and the other engine was on fire, according to an official American accident investigation team.

Saturday - Iceland

The return of Eyjafjallajokull: Easyjet to drop a tonne of Icelandic volcanic ash into the air in bid to test flight warning system

Low cost carrier Easyjet plans to disperse ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which caused travel chaos in 2010, later this year and carry out tests using an aircraft warning system designed to detect ash clouds

British Airways has ordered 18 new Airbus A350 aircraft

BA orders 18 new Airbus A350 aircraft

British Airways has ordered 18 new Airbus A350 aircraft as part of a move to phase out a fleet of 30 Boeing aircraft over the next 10 years.

Visitors look at a scale model of an Airbus A350 at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013 in Hamburg

'McPassengers' to be offered extra-wide seats

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is to offer extra-wide seats to cater for super-sized passengers in an effort to match “trends in demographics.”

easyJet halves first-half losses thanks to last-minute breaks

Cold-hating Britons seeking last-minute sunshine abroad are set to help easyJet almost halve its first-half losses.

£2bn investment in British aerospace is cleared for take-off

The Government will drive £2.5bn of investment into key industries such as aerospace, cars and agricultural technology over the next seven years in an attempt to put Britain at the forefront of global manufacturing.

Sales of Airbus push EADS to £1.1bn

EADS drew a line under its failed merger with BAE Systems as Airbus aircraft maker reported a 19 per cent jump in full-year profits.

Airbus switches battery after Boeing's troubles

It has already cost Airbus some £10bn to develop the A350

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