Tim Hepher

How plane giants descended into global ‘price war’

Boeing is playing down expectations of massive orders in Farnborough, but eyes will be on briefings by the new Airbus and Boeing top management.

France votes for new Parliament

France voted on Sunday in the first round of an election tipped to give the left control of Parliament.

Airbus says A380 fix could hit deliveries

Airbus has warned airlines and investors of possible delivery setbacks for the world's largest airliner in the wake of the A380 engine blowout.

Airbus, Boeing to bare teeth at Farnborough

Large Boeing jets and short-haul plane orders from Airbus look set to dominate the opening of the Farnborough Airshow on Monday.

Air France plane sent 24 messages before crash

Search crews on Saturday retrieved the first bodies from a Air France flight in the Atlantic, and said faulty speed readings had been found.

Aviation vaunts green agenda amid protest fears

The aviation industry flaunted a green agenda under tightened security amid fears of environmentalist protests at an air show on Wednesday.

Gulf plane orders to ease oil price gloom

An order for up to 100 planes from Etihad Airways to be split between Airbus and Boeing looks set to dominate the opening of the Farnborough air show.

Regulator targets EADS over insider trading

French regulator AMF said on Tuesday it had found evidence of insider trading at Airbus parent EADS surrounding delays to its A380 superjumbo and that it would inform Paris prosecutors. It also alleged the company had misled financial markets by failing to meet standards on the publication of information.

Planemakers fly high in 2007

Airbus confirmed 2007 as a record year for planemakers on Wednesday by posting orders for 1 341 aircraft while boosting cost savings aimed at catching arch-rival Boeing, which took top spot with 1 413 orders and has suffered less from a weakened dollar than Airbus.

Media scent political scandal in Eads share probe

French newspapers mined the Watergate archive to describe the political ramifications of a share trading scandal enveloping Airbus parent Eads on Thursday, posing questions about ''Who knew what, and when?'' Coverage of suspicions of ''massive'' insider trading focused on the risk of instability at Europe's largest aerospace and defence group.

Chirac takes China business pitch to Wuhan

French President Jacques Chirac visited the central Chinese industrial city of Wuhan on Friday, aiming to boost French efforts to tap into China's fast-growing economy. Buoyed by more than -billion in deals bagged on Thursday in Beijing, where he met President Hu Jintao, the French leader openly lobbied for more contracts at a lunch with local business leaders.

Panicky investors wipe third off Vivendi value

Media giant Vivendi Universal saw a third wiped off the value of its shares on Tuesday as persistent worries over its finances panicked investors despite the imminent ouster of its unpopular chief.

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