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Helicopter-maker AgustaWestland has been awarded two Ministry of Defence contracts worth £760 million which will secure more than 1,000 jobs in the UK.

Dreamliner almost clear for take-off as Boeing apologises

Boeing's Dreamliner could be back in the skies before the end of the month – despite a top boss admitting it has not worked out what caused the on-board fires that grounded the plane for three months.

787 Dreamliner battery approved by aircraft regulators

US aircraft regulators have approved a revamped battery design for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, prompting the possibility of the ill-feted fleet returning to the skies after months of being grounded.

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.”

A presentation slide from Hugo Teso's Aircraft Hacking talk at Hack In The Box

Researcher shows how to hack (and crash) a passenger aircraft with an Android phone...

If you're nervous about flying, this won't allay your fears about hopping on a plane, so you might want to look away now. The Hack In The Box security conference taking place in Amsterdam this week has thrown up some interesting talks - but none so concerning as 'Aircraft Hacking: Practical Aero Series' by Hugo Teso.

New Virgin Atlantic boss Craig Kreeger backs Boeing’s Dreamliner hopes

The new boss of Virgin Atlantic has thrown his backing behind Boeing, whose flagship new Dreamliner jet has been grounded worldwide since January.

The first Boeing 747 rolls out of the Boeing plant in 1968

BA says farewell to the jumbo as the plane with the hump looks set to be heading for the dump

The ageing and fuel-thirsty Boeing 747 is no longer an economic option, says travel correspondent Simon Calder

Video: The terrifying moment a plane collapses on its nose and skids along runway at 200mph

The incident, which was captured on video, took place at a Toowoomba Airport  regional airport in Australia earlier this week

Ex-rugby player Inga Tuigamala and former boxer David Tua

Bad news for Samoa's prop forwards: airline introduces 'pay-as-you-weigh' pricing

The pre-holiday diet just got even more important for those planning on travelling on Samoa Air, which has announced that its passengers will “pay only for what you weigh”.

Brazil bus crash leaves at least 7 dead

A passenger bus has plunged from a 30-foot high viaduct in central Rio de Janeiro, killing at least seven people and closing the major thoroughfare where it landed.

The Boat Race: Oxford honours are enough to get Light Blues' goat

Oxford won the 159th Boat Race yesterday by a length and a third, closing the gap on Cambridge in the head-to-head tally, which now stands at 81 wins to 77 in Cambridge's favour. In distinctly wintry conditions, the Oxford crew took control early on, eventually winning by four seconds in 17:28 – the quickest time since 2009.

Sea King rescue helicopter fleet will be nearly halved and replaced by American models

The number of search-and-rescue helicopters is expected to be cut from 40 to 22 after the service is  privatised, it emerged today.

A RAF Sea King search-and-rescue helicopter in Anglesey

Britain's search-and-rescue helicopter service to be taken over by US-based Bristow Group

Deal spells the end of the use of Sea King helicopters - flown by the Duke of Cambridge

Meet Charlie: The Golden Retriever with a bark that's louder than a pneumatic drill

At a staggering 113.1 decibels, the six-year-old golden retriever's bark is as loud as a rock concert

One person killed in double helicopter crash near Olympic Stadium in Berlin

According to reports the helicopters hit each other during a police exercise

Seven US Marines die in mortar explosion

A 60mm mortar explosion killed seven Marines and injured a half-dozen more during a training exercise in the Nevada desert, prompting the Pentagon to immediately halt the use of the weapon worldwide until an investigation can determine its safety, a US military official has said.

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