The 99-year old Paris Air Show, the air industry's largest trade show, starts this week. Over the years every major flying machine, including the Space Shuttle, has appeared at the show. This year the battle for attention is between Airbus' double-decker A380 (and its little sister the A350) and Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner.
This year Boeing is kicking Airbus all over the tarmac with commitments for 429 aircraft so far, compared to only 201 for Airbus. But there will be many new announcements at the show. Last year Airbus' order book for the show was twice that of Boeing.