Le Bourget (Paris): Deafening roar of aircraft split the skylines as Paris Air Show -- the world's largest aviation and space industry event began on Monday under overcast conditions with major players announcing several multi-billion dollar deals.

The enthusiasm was slightly blighted after an Airbus A380 super jumbo was damaged and grounded when its wing tip struck a taxiway structure.

The Airbus' star jumbo had suffered damage to its wing tip after it collided with a building at the Le Bourget airport, where the six-day event is taking place with participation of nearly 2,100 international exhibitors including top aircraft manufacturers and aerospace firms.

With Airbus super jumbo out of show due to the accident, it was the Boeing's new 747-8 jumbo that hogged all the limelight at the prestigious show which has been a leading event in the aviation and air defence system for over 100 years.

   
It was a sort of double whammy for the Airbus as it had to cancel a scheduled demonstration flight of its A400M military transport aircraft due to a minor technical problem.
   
An Airbus official later said an A380 operated by Korean Air will participate in the air show as replacement for the damaged aircraft.
   
Inspite of the first day glitches, major defence industry players were quite upbeat about opportunities in the aviation and aerospace industry and identified Middle East and India as places of great opportunity.

(Agencies)