AIRBUS INDUSTRIE has warned that it is becoming increasingly impatient with Japan's indecision about joining its proposed A3XX ultra-high-capacity aircraft. Instead, it is turning its attention to other potential Asia-Pacific partners.

The European consortium approached Mitsubishi, Kawasaki and Fuji Heavy Industries three-and- a-half years ago about the project, but, so far, it has had no response, says Airbus vice-president for strategic planning, Adam Brown.

Japan's aerospace industry has established a strong relationship with Boeing and, until now, has been unwilling to risk compromising this by entering into risk-sharing partnerships with competing manufacturers.

Source: Flight International