Photo Story: Paris Airshow kicks off

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The Paris Air Show, one of the world’s most important air shows, kicked off Monday in the French capital.

There is much attention on Boeing, which was plunged into crisis by the grounding of the 737 workhorse that’s been the bedrock of sales for decades Among other things, the Paris show will be an exercise in damage control.

Unable to say when the new Max version of the jet will fly again after two fatal crashes in five months, the U.S. firm must convince customers and suppliers alike that it has a strategy in hand to cope with all eventualities.

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An Airbus A350-1000 flies past a Boeing sign as it performs a demonstration flight on the opening day of the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, 17 June 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON

It’s European competitor Airbus went to the 53rd edition of International Paris Airshow with the launch of a long-range, single-aisle airliner and an announcement that they have agreed to sell 100 planes to the U.S. plane lessor Air Lease Corporation.

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A visitor walks past an Embraer E195-E2 airplane on the opening day of the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, 17 June 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON

The June 17-23 show is not only about jetliner deals, but also a magnet for many of the world’s arms buyers who come to preview the latest military equipment, from anti-aircraft missiles to hotly sought cyber war-fighting capabilities.

53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris
French President Emmanuel Macron (3-L), listens to Eric Trappier (4-L), Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, next to Olivier Dassault and French Defence Minister Florence Parly during a visit at the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, 17 June 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE/BENOIT TESSIER / POOL

French President Emmanuel Macron opened the show by unveiling a mock-up of a proposed new fighter as France and Germany sign a deal for its development.

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A Dassault aviation Rafale fighter jet performs a demonstration flight on the opening day of the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, 17 June 2019. EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON
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