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 ditches lithium battery after Boeing’s Dreamliner fiasco

Airbus today said it had changed its mind about using lithium batteries in its new A350 plane, after rival Boeing was forced to ground its Dreamliner 787 jet over problems with the technology.

Airbus backs Boeing standards despite losing crown to rival

The head of Boeing's bitter rival, Airbus, has backed the safety standards of the US aircraft manufacturer despite the grounding of Dreamliners due to fire fears over their batteries.

Boeing vs Airbus: US shoots down Europe in dogfight

But do the high-flying rivals' sales figures really matter, ask Mark Leftly and Nikhil Kumar

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

Doors to manual, taps off in the Turkish spa... the Saudi prince whose flying palace has it all

Saudi investor’s £300m super-jumbo also has room for a concert hall, a garage for his Rolls and four luxury suites

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.

Apple corps: highflyers face red tape tangle at JFK

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Take off: Qatar Airways is in the ascendant

Deadline looms over BAE-EADS merger

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.

Shareholders express 'reservations' over BAE Systems' merger plans

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

Deadline for deal to create defence giant looms but governments cannot agree on terms

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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