Macron kicks off Paris Air Show with airborne entrance

French President Emmanuel Macron is seated in the cockpit of an Airbus A400M turboprop transport plane before taking off from Villacoub

People look at a Wing Loong II drones, a Chinese made medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle, at Paris Air Show, on the

A man walks past with his bicycle a Japan maritime self-defense forces P-1 submarine-hunting aircraft, at Paris Air Show, on the eve of

Aircrafts gather at the tarmac of the Paris Air Show, on the eve of its opening, in Le Bourget, east of Paris, France, Sunday, June 18,

Employees install a MC-21 flight simulator of a Russian single-aisle airliner, at Paris Air Show, on the eve of its opening, in Le Bour

A man looks out of the door of a Embraer E195-E2 prototype, developed by Brazilian aerospace company Embraer, at Paris Air Show, on the

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is opening the Paris Air Show from the skies.

Macron landed Monday at the Bourget airfield in an Airbus A400-M military transport plane to launch the aviation showcase, where the latest Boeing and Airbus passenger jets will vie for attention with an F-35 warplane, drones and other and high-tech hardware.

Macron, trying to raise his international profile, appears to have chosen the A400-M to give a boost of confidence to the long-troubled European military transporter project.

Thousands are expected at the biennial aviation and defense industry gathering this week.

The industry is eager to show off its wares after a string of public relations embarrassments recently — from the United Airlines' passenger getting dragged off a flight to British Airways' massive outage.