AIRBUS Industrie is turning to China for help in developing a 'super-jumbo' aircraft capable of carrying up to 850 passengers, a senior company official says. Vice-president for forecasting and strategic planning, Adam Brown, said the European manufacturing consortium had first approached the three main heavy industries in Japan for help, but received no response. Mr Brown told the Ansett Australia transport conference: 'Demand for this new aircraft will be largely driven by the needs of airlines in this region, so sales are likely to be boosted if the Asia-Pacific industries participate in the programme and provide technical, industrial, logistical and financial support.' 'We've had no response from the Japanese heavies, so we've now turned our attention to other industries in the Asia-Pacific region.' While he would not say which companies from which countries were being targeted, Mr Brown said 'it does', when asked whether it included China. He declined to comment on whether it specifically included Shanghai Aircraft. The Airbus plan for a super-jumbo calls for a four-engine, double-deck aircraft dubbed the A3XX. It would seat between 530 and 850 passengers and would be capable of travelling 7,600 nautical miles without refuelling. The United States-based Boeing and the European Airbus partners recently announced they were putting on hold a joint study on the feasibility of such a craft, citing limited interest from the world's major airlines. Mr Brown, however, said it was forecast Japan alone would need 170 of the aircraft, and nine other airlines would need more than 30 each - six of which were based in the Asia-Pacific region. 'They [Boeing and the Airbus partners] perhaps have not been talking to the same airlines we've been talking to,' Mr Brown said. 'Every one we've been talking to has expressed extreme interest.' Mr Brown said the aircraft would be needed as the world's airports would not be able to keep up with traffic growth in the coming years, adding to the problem of congestion which was most evident at several airports in Asia. Airbus has predicted the Asia-Pacific will record the fastest aviation growth rates in the world - increasing three and a half times from present - with traffic growing 6.5 per cent a year to 2014. That compares to the global average of 5.1 per cent. 'By end 2014, the Asia-Pacific airlines will be operating over 4,100 passenger jets - just over 21/2 times as many as today,' he said.