In pictures: the 52nd Paris Air show

Plane giants are preparing to squeeze the last drop out of a once raging torrent of airplane orders without the razzmatazz of recent years, as the aerospace industry heads to a belt-tightening Paris Airshow looking for new sources of revenue.

Organised by the French aerospace industry’s primary representative body ─ the Groupement des industries françaises aéronautiques et spatiales (GIFAS) ─ the airshow is a large commercial event, with a major purpose being to demonstrate military and civilian aircraft to potential customers. It claims to be the most prestigious aircraft exposition in the world.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron landed Monday at the Bourget airfield in an Airbus A400-M military transport plane to launch the 52nd Paris Air Show.

An Airbus Helicopter H225 Caracal takes part in a flying display at the first day of the 52nd Paris Air Show. ─ AFP
An Airbus A380 with the mention A380 plus stands on the tarmac of Le Bourget on June 19. ─ AFP
An Airbus A380 with the mention A380 plus stands on the tarmac of Le Bourget. ─ AFP
A Dassault Aviation Rafale fighter jet performs during a flight display. ─ AFP
A Dassault Aviation Rafale performs aerobatic manoeuvres. ─ Reuters
A Dassault Rafale is trailed by a jet stream as it flies past crowds. ─ Reuters
A small plane is moved on the tarmac. ─ AFP
The Airbus A400M carrying French President Emmanuel Macron lands at the airport where the airshow is held. ─ AFP
President Macron (L) shakes hands with an official from the cockpit of a Dassault Aviation Rafale fighter jet. ─ AFP
France’s President Emmanuel Macron (top, L) exits a Dassault Aviation Rafale fighter jet as Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier (top, R) looks on. ─ AFP
A Leonardo M-346FA fighter attack aircraft is seen on static display. ─ Reuters