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Japan's major airlines grounded their Boeing 787 planes for safety checks today

Boeing’s wings are clipped as US grounds new planes

Fifty of the world’s most advanced and expensive flying machines are standing idle after America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an order grounding the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Japan's major airlines grounded their Boeing 787 planes for safety checks today

Crisis at Boeing as Japanese airlines ground Dreamliners

Jet-maker Boeing was facing an escalating crisis today as the two airlines that own nearly half its new flagship Dreamliner planes grounded their entire fleets of 787s.

Cracks and leaks turn Dreamliner to a nightmare

Five incidents in five days prompts inquiry into plane previously approved for take off

Russia and India sign weapons deals

Russia and India signed weapons deals worth billions of dollars today as president Vladimir Putin sought to further boost ties with an old ally.

Airlines and aircraft makers use sacks of potatoes to test in-flight wireless internet connections

If the wireless internet connection during your holiday flight seems more reliable than it used to, you could have the humble potato to thank.

Matthew Norman: The unignorable Mr Farage

Some things in life, you put off and put off. The source of the procrastination may be tedium (all those red utility bills yellowing on the doormat), or fear about a medical problem such as tinnitus, which is probably no more than a whooshy noise in the ear, but might prove a symptom of a benign tumour (acoustic neuroma) if you took it to the doctor.

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.

Data decoded from CIA drone, claims Iran

The Islamic Republic has been trumpeting its possession of the drones in an attempt to embarrass Washington over its alleged surveillance of Iran's disputed nuclear program

The Iranian state TV’s Arabic-language channel Al-Alam shows a ScanEagle drone that was supposedly put on display

Four-foot long, launched by catapult, shot down by Iran? War of words rages over US drone 'captured' by Revolutionary Guard

The elite Revolutionary Guard in Iran claimed today to have captured a US drone over the Gulf, igniting a fresh wave of anti-American bellicosity and highlighting tensions between the countries as the stand-off over Iran’s uranium-enrichment efforts remain unresolved.

Will gambling prove a business success on business flight service?

Wheels up, chips down: French design consortium develops plans for in-flight casino

French designers unveil plan for mile-high card club with casinos on board airliners

Deals of the week: Bath, New York, Doho

Less than £200... Combine Christmas shopping with a stay in Bath. The Abbey Hotel has a two-night break until the end of January (excluding Christmas Day and New Year's Eve), for £125 per person with breakfast and one dinner in the hotel's Allium Brasserie. Abbeyhotelbath.co.uk

Boeing's 787 'Dreamliner'

Exclusive: Date revealed for first scheduled departure of Boeing's 787 'Dreamliner'

The 787 promises a dramatic improvement in passenger comfort, with more space, bigger windows and air pressurised at only 6,000 feet rather than 8,000 feet.

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