Forum to ponder Asia-friendly airliners

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will invite aviation experts from five Asian cities to a forum this month to discuss the development of passenger planes that suit Asia’s needs, according to metropolitan officials.

Representatives from Delhi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei and Hanoi will join participants from Japan’s heavy industry manufacturers, aviation corporations and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry at the Oct. 16-18 forum at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

Participants will discuss the development of a model for small and midsize airliners that meet Asian demand as well as the conditions and facilities needed for the project.

“I want to stimulate (Japan) while using the network with Asian cities,” Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said.

The development of small to midsize passenger planes is one of the joint projects being pursued by Asian Network of Major Cities 21, which includes 12 cities — Bangkok, Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, Manila, Yangon as well as the six participating in the forum.

Results of the discussions will be reported at the network’s general meeting in Delhi in November, Tokyo officials said.