Bradley Perrett

Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Bradley Perrett, based in Beijing, covers China, Japan, South Korea and Australia. He is a Mandarin-speaking Australian who has lived in China since 2004.


Before joining Aviation Week in 2006 he was a macroeconomics, politics and aerospace journalist with Reuters. Perrett holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Macquarie University, Sydney.


Chinese Airlines Proliferate As Economy Slows 
Chinese regulators do an about-face on airline strategy; growth is now encouraged in light of straitened fiscal environment.
Asian Traffic, Especially To Japan, Leads Chinese Airline Growth 
Rapidly growing Chinese tourism, despite slower economic growth, is driving the increase in international air traffic, especially to other Asian nations.
CAAC Allows HNA Freight Airline Take Passengers 
Until now, Hainan Airlines and other HNA carriers have lacked a passenger airline at Shanghai with local privileges. When they convert Yangtze River Express, they will have one
South Korea, Eyeing T-X, Upgrading T-50 Software 
South Korea is launching a software project as part of a wider effort evidently aimed at upgrading the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X competition.
UH-X Win With 412 Secures FHI’s Helo Business  1
By choosing the Bell 412, license-built by FHI, Japan has gone for low cost and low risk. The main alternative was the advanced Airbus H160, which KHI could have helped build for global customers.
China’s SF Express Likely To Order 30 767-300Fs 
Following the July 21 announcement of a FedEx order for 50 767-300Fs and options on 50 more, the SF Express contract, if finalized, will further strengthen the 767 program,
HNA’s Shanghai Cargo Airline To Carry Passengers 
Yangtze River Express has not announced a date for beginning passenger flights, but this year is likely, since HNA Group airlines are adept at setting up new carriers, and in this case need only widen the business of one that is already flying.
KAI T-50 To Get Conformal Tank, Refueling Receptacle 
The Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 supersonic trainer will be fitted with a conformal fuel tank and inflight refueling receptacle under a program announced by the South Korean industry ministry.
12 Chinese Secondary Cities Have Long-Haul Flights 
Chengdu—now officially appointed the role of China’s fourth long-haul gateway—has nine of those routes, as many as the next three rivals combined. As recently as 2011, secondary cities only had four such routes.
Chengdu Joins China's Long-Haul Big Leagues  5
For years, the Civil Aviation Administration of China insisted that China had three big airlines, three big bases and therefore three intercontinental gateways. Now dogged Chengdu has managed to join their ranks.
UH-X Win With Bell Secures FHI’s Rotorcraft Work 
In choosing FHI and the well-established Bell 412 for the army’s UH-X program over a Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) offer, the defense ministry has minimized spending and risk in development.
Air China Moves Boost New York Service, Strengthen Chengdu Base 
BEIJING—Air China is expanding intercontinental services beyond the 2015 plan that it unveiled at the end of last year, increasing its frequency between Beijing and New York while applying for rights to connect Chengdu with Paris, which will help cement Chengdu’s increasingly prominent status as China’s unofficial western gateway.
Cost Could Force South Korea To Trim F-16 Upgrade 
South Korean program managers may have to trim a plan to modernize 134 F-16s, following U.S. Defense Department confirmation that the proposed work by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman would exceed Seoul’s budget.
Canberra Looks At Raising Boeing P-8 Buy To 15 
Australia may increase its planned force of Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrollers under a policy set out in a defense white paper expected within weeks, local media say.
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