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Transatlantic 'planes

From a BBC News 24 story last night, about some disturbed individual who was shot by air marshals after claiming to have a bomb:
BBC News banner reading ''AIRPLANE SHOTS''
Does this mean that the American usage "airplane" has sufficiently displaced the British/Commonwealth usage "aeroplane" to be in the BBC style guide? Is "aeroplane", with its awkward extra syllable, officially deprecated?

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