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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.

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