The Paris Air Show opens today under a morose, uneasy cloud.
Already reeling from the global recession, the aviation industry gathering in the city where Air France Flight 447 should have landed only two weeks ago has been shaken by the still unexplained crash.
The Paris Air Show is marking its 100th anniversary, although because it alternates with the Farnborough International Airshow outside London, it is only on its 48th edition.
Organizers expect around 300,000 visitors this year, about the same as in 2007.
On display will be 2,000 exhibitors from 48 countries.