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

Stelios holds fire on easyJet expansion plan

EasyJet is buying 15 new passenger planes and upgrading an existing 20-strong order to larger aircraft, in the teeth of long-standing opposition to expansion plans from the founder and largest shareholder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou.

25,000 new planes needed by 2029

Around 25,000 new passenger planes will be needed over the next 20 years, aircraft company Airbus has forecast.

Qantas to resume Airbus flights

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says the airline will restart Airbus flights this weekend after checking their Rolls Royce engines.

BA puts on extra Paris flights

British Airways is to start extra flights between London and Paris, it was announced today.

We're in for the really long haul – Airbus drama spells delays

Grounding so many aircraft means chaos for the schedules, says Simon Calder

Rolls-Royce shares soar as Airbus fears eased

Rolls-Royce shares surged to the top of the FTSE 100 leader board yesterday as the company said it expected limited impact on profits from the fault in its Trent 900 aircraft engine that saw airlines across the world grounding Airbus jets that use it, and that the problem would be fixed.

More airlines replace Rolls engines on A380s

Singapore Airlines is to replace Rolls-Royce engines on three of its Airbus A380s after finding oil stains nearly a week after Australia's Qantas grounded its superjumbo fleet because of an engine failure.

Airline blames engine for superjumbo drama

The engine failure that forced a Qantas Airbus A380 to make an emergency landing was "probably" caused by a material failure or a design fault, the Australian airline said today.

John Lichfield: Rolls-Royce stands to lose more than Qantas if investigation finds fault

The engine failure on the A380 superjumbo is a potentially serious blow to the European aircraft industry – and especially to the British engine-maker Rolls-Royce.

Empire of the Clouds: When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World, By James Hamilton-Paterson

Bear joke. You know the Bear Joke. Abbreviated version: hunter, gun, slaughter. Vast bear survives. Bear inflicts sexual indignities on hunter. Hunter limps painfully home, comes back next day with increased firepower, more carnage. Bear escalates bestial revenge. Third day. Hunter crawls back, bruised and bleeding, with tank, flame-thrower, reduces forest to charred smoking stumps, bleak silence littered with charred fauna. Bear appears. Looks at hunter. Hunter looks at bear. Bear says: "Be honest. This isn't about hunting, is it?"

Pratt sues Rolls over patent

The US aircraft engine-maker Pratt & Whitney sued its British rival Rolls-Royce yesterday, claiming that a Rolls-Royce patent on a fan blade it uses in jet engines is invalid.

Airbus to call for truce with Boeing

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is preparing a private approach to US rival Boeing to end their long-running trade feud, in an attempt to avoid emerging nations eating into their market.

US told to withdraw $20bn Boeing aid, says Europeans

The World Trade Organisation has found that the aircraft maker Boeing received more than $20bn in US government subsidies challenged by the European Union and called for them to be withdrawn, a European source told the Reuters news agency last night. The ruling, if confirmed, would add weight to European calls for a negotiated settlement to the transatlantic row over the aerospace industry – the biggest bilateral trade dispute – following WTO condemnation in June of illegal European subsidies for Boeing rival Airbus.

A showbiz reception for the tycoon who fled in secret

Asil Nadir returns to Britain to face embezzlement charges – 17 years late

Peter Bills: Is South African rugby paranoid, or is someone out to get them?

The ranting and raving that has recently been coming out of the South African Rugby Union has been a wonder to behold.

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