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Private quarters: Four luxury family and VIP suites and a prayer room that generates virtual prayer mats facing Mecca

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BA reveals Airbus A380 superjumbo flight plans

Travellers should have plenty of legroom when British Airways becomes the first UK carrier to fly the world's biggest passenger plane.

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The proposed £28 billion merger of defence giants BAE Systems and EADS was hanging in the balance today ahead of a deadline for a deal to be struck.

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BAE Systems' merger plans were under more strain today after the company's biggest shareholder outlined “significant reservations” about the deal.

Two days to save £28bn BAE and EADS merger

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Learn from the errors of the Westland Affair and let the Europeans come to our defence

Yet again, when Britain is forced to choose between a special relationship with America and cultural affinity with Europe, it chooses dithering and delay instead

Defence merger talks must not be delayed by politicians, says EADS

EADS has rejected calls to postpone the deadline to agree merger terms with BAE Systems, amid pressure from wrangling European governments to allow extra time to negotiate their positions.

Germany raises doubts about BAE-EADS deal

The £30bn mega-merger between the UK defence giant BAE Systems and the European aerospace group EADS faced opposition yesterday from German politicians who warned that getting the go-ahead for the proposed tie-up was not guaranteed.

The dramatic landscape near the Troll Research Station, Antarctica

Plane uses ice runway to evacuate American from Antarctic outpost

An Australian aircraft has made a rare mid-winter emergency flight to Antarctica involving landing on an ice runway to evacuate a member of a US government expedition in apparent need of urgent surgery, US authorities said yesterday.

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