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The 'most environmentally-friendly plane ever' arrives in the UK

Credit: Airbus

The 'most environmentally-friendly plane ever' has flown into the UK for the first time.

The Airbus A350

The Airbus A350 burns less fuel and makes less noise than regular planes because it's much lighter and made of carbon fibre.

It was partly designed at the Airbus plant at Filton and with 800 on order is a major seal of approval for local designers.

So in Filton, if you spent months and years as the folks there have over computer screens, 3D digital designing the wing - the great satisfaction just to see that wing physically come together onto a real aeroplane and to see that aeroplane flying and to see how beautifully it flies.

– A*wwcmoscg [A] GMB Name Strap ALAN PARDOE, Airbus UK

'Two weeks to save the country': Clegg's stark warning during Filton visit

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was speaking at Airbus in Filton. Credit: ITV News West Country

With just over a fortnight to go until the election, Nick Clegg was back campaigning in the West yesterday

The leader of the Liberal Democrats visited the Airbus factory in Filton, meeting apprentices, learning about their work - and also warning of what he called "two weeks to save the country" from a right-wing threat.

The Deputy Prime Minister also once again dismissed a recent opinion poll suggesting his party could get wiped out in the region. He will be back campaigning in the Bristol area next week.


Airbus crashes in Southern French Alps

An Airbus A320 has crashed into the southern French Alps it has been reported.

General view of a Germanwings plane Credit: ROLF VENNENBERND

The aircraft crashed was carrying 148 people, an official has told AFP news agency.

The plane - operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline - was en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf at the time of the crash. It is believed to have gone down near Digne-les-Bains.

The Airbus A320's plane wings are designed in Filton near Bristol,

WATCH: New 'City of Bristol' military plane soars over suspension bridge

The RAF's new A400m military plane, christened 'City of Bristol' to commemorate the city's role in building it, has completed a fly-past over the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

The name, described as a "special privilege" by the Ministry of Defence, is a positive development for the troubled project, which has seen a series of technical problems and delays.

Airbus, which designed and manufactured the plane's wings at its Filton site, recently shook up the management of the project.

New Airbus model touches down in Gloucestershire

The new Airbus A350 XWB visits Cotswold Airport Credit: Airbus Operations Ltd

The latest version of the Airbus has made its first visit to Britain and touched down at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire as part of routine certification tests.

The new Airbus A350 XWB was flown by London-born experimental test pilot, Frank Chapman, and is one of the four A350 test aircraft currently flying and undergoing rigorous testing before entry into service later this year. Captain Chapman said:

“The A350 XWB has significant UK input, as the wings and fuel systems are designed at the Airbus facilities in Filton, Bristol and assembled at the Broughton plant in North Wales, the engines are made by Rolls-Royce in Derby and the landing gear by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty in Gloucestershire.”

“This visit is part of the aircraft’s certification. Experts from the nearby Airbus Filton facility are playing a key role in supporting the fuel system tests.

“I’m immensely proud to be flying the first A350 XWB to land in the UK and look forward to this aircraft being a regular feature in British skies over the coming years.”

Record numbers for Airbus in 2013

A380 test aircraft on the runway at Filton in 2009 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Airbus, whose planes' wings are designed in Filton near Bristol, delivered a record number of aircraft in 2013.

The company, whose planes include the world's largest passenger aircraft, the A380 superjumbo, delivered 626 planes in 2013.

These included 25 superjumbos, with the overall total surpassing the previous record figure of 588 achieved in 2012.

A total of 93 customers received Airbus planes last year, including 15 who were taking delivery of an Airbus aircraft for the first time.

Despite a record year, Airbus just failed to deliver more aircraft than rival US company Boeing which earlier this month announced it had delivered 648 planes in 2013.

The Boeing figure, also a record and 7.8% up on the 2012 total, was achieved despite problems with the Seattle-based company's ultra-green 787 Dreamliner model.


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