Two years ago here at the Paris Airshow the sun was shining, the champagne corks were flying and the fizz was flowing as the orders rolled in for Airbus and Boeing. Wind the clock forward to now and the story is very different.
Ironically, while the rain pours down on the show there is a drought when it comes to orders and champagne. Indeed, the highlight of this show so far has been an order for 24 A320 family aircraft from Qatar Airways. By historic standards this is far from huge but in the current environment its a real talking point.
The carrier's CEO Akbar Al Baker could barely keep the smile off his face when I spoke with him after the announcement. He made it very clear that he had secured an extremely sweet deal Airbus' sales supremo John Leahy. Sadly we will never know the exact price tag but questions will be asked about how much money the European plane maker will be making on the transaction.
So for airlines with cash there is a real silver lining to this downturn and many more I suspect will try and take advantage of it.