IF EVER there was a bellwether for the state of the industry it is the Paris air show. This year's centenary salon takes place at possibly the bottom of the deepest, steepest economic downturn in decades.
Despite the hype and inevitable feelgood factor of a global gathering, it will be difficult to disguise the fact that - with falling airline passenger numbers and tightening government budgets only now feeding through to the supply chain - for many in aerospace the worst is to come. Yet there will be plenty optimism on show with companies behind key programmes from the A400M to the Sukhoi Superjet to the A350 and 787 keen to use Paris to give upbeat progress reports.
In the following features, our writers look at the aircraft, technologies and themes that will be in the spotlight at this landmark Le Bourget.