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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

Air France crash blamed on poor pilot training

Inadequate pilot training by Air France and mistakes by a young co-pilot contributed to a mid-Atlantic Airbus disaster in June 2009, an official report indicated yesterday.

American Airlines orders 460 new planes

American Airlines is buying at least 460 new planes over the next five years in what it calls the biggest airline order in history. And in a victory for Airbus, it's splitting the work between the European plane maker and Boeing.

China 'halts Airbus deal in carbon row'

China has halted a multibillion-euro aircraft order, placed with Airbus by Hong Kong Airlines, in protest at the European Union's plans to extend carbon dioxide emissions trading to air traffic, it was claimed yesterday.

$18bn order for new Airbus jets

Airbus continued to notch up sales for its A320neo planes at the Paris Air show yesterday by clinching a record $18bn (£11bn) order for 200 jets from AirAsia.

Airbus secures $16bn order at Paris Air Show

Airbus left arch-rival Boeing in its wake with an ever-expanding sales tally at the Paris Air Show yesterday by cementing a $16bn (£10bn) deal for 150 of its revamped A320neo aeroplanes and 30 of the original A320 models. The deal with India's budget carrier IndiGo means Airbus has sold 727 A320neos so far. And the figures could rise further if the rumoured $17bn agreement for another 200 with Malaysia's AirAsia materialises by the end of the show this week.

Rolls-Royce bags $2.2bn order at Paris Air Show

Rolls-Royce flew the flag for the British contingent on the first day of the Paris Air show yesterday, bagging a $2.2bn (£1.4bn) order with Brazil's TAM Airlines to provide engines for its fleet of Airbus A350 jets.

Airbus A380 superjumbo grounded at air show

Airbus's star jet has been grounded after clipping a wing on a taxiway structure, the latest in an embarrassing string of incidents for the European plane-maker at the aviation industry's premier showcase.

Airbus expected to hit 500 orders of its A320neo

The Paris Air Show, one of the highlights of the aerospace industry’s calendar, starts tomorrow.

Simon Calder: Bionic aircraft? No: seats, seats and more seats

The man who pays his way

Video: Airbus reveal 'plane of 2050'

Airbus have released a CGI mockup of what they say an aircraft cabin will look like in 40 years time.

Three-and-a-half-minute spiral – then Air France jet crashed into the sea

An error by a junior pilot may have sent an Air France airbus into a three and a half minute spiral into the South Atlantic which killed all 228 aboard in June 2009.

Airbus expects Far East orders for tsunami rescue aircraft

Both Japan and New Zealand have inquired about the A400M to handle humanitarian crises

Pilot error emerges as the most likely cause of Air France crash

Pilot error is emerging as the most likely cause of the crash of the Air France Rio-Paris airbus which plunged into the South Atlantic in June 2009, killing all 228 people on board.

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