News The third test flight of the commercial spaceship took it to a record 71,000 feet

The firm hopes to take first ever tourists to space later this year. Onboard cameras were able to capture its rocket-powered engine, the first time it has been used

Deals of the week - Jersey, Rhodes, New York

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EasyJet flies into the Footsie – and Moscow

On the day it officially flew into the FTSE 100, easyJet yesterday launched flights from London to Moscow in a move the Government hopes will boost trade between the two countries.

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

Holiday airline Thomson abandons plans for troubled Dreamliner

Holiday airline Thomson has had to scrap plans to operate Boeing's troubled new ultra-green Dreamliner plane from May.

Boarding pass ready for new chairman

The powerful aviation body that decides which airlines get London's valuable landing slots is close to appointing a new chairman to pilot international expansion.

US air veteran Craig Kreeger joins Virgin Atlantic

The “Americanisation” of Sir Richard Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic continued today with the appointment of an experienced US aviation figure as the carrier's new chief executive.

Virgin flier: Richard Branson in 1984

Simon Calder: Why Branson’s fresh ideas were Virgin territory

The man who pays his way

Virgin Atlantic teams up with Delta after stake deal

Virgin Atlantic has agreed to set up a transatlantic joint venture with Delta after the United States carrier bought a 49 per cent stake in Sir Richard Branson's airline for $360m (£224m).

James Moore: High-flying bet which won't get off the ground

Outlook Ladies and gentlemen with investments in the airline industry, we ask you to fasten your seat belts for another spell of turbulence.

Branson piqued at Walsh taunt over Virgin Atlantic

Sir Richard Branson pledged to keep control of his airline after arch rival, BA boss Willie Walsh, said that Singapore Airlines' sale of its stake in Virgin Atlantic would lead to the demise of the brand.

Branson makes Virgin pledge as feud with Walsh escalates

Sir Richard Branson pledged to keep control of his airline after his arch-rival, BA chief Willie Walsh, said that Singapore Airlines' sale of its stake in Virgin Atlantic would lead to the demise of the brand.

Singapore Airlines set to sell off its slice of Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic could see a bidding war erupt over the 49% stake not owned by its billionaire founder Sir Richard Branson, after current owner Singapore Airlines said it was “in discussions with interested parties” about a sale.

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system