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.


Joy Air Adding Mainline To Regional Operations 
Chinese turboprop operator Joy Air is finally achieving a long-held ambition to move into mainline operations, thanks to help from its new majority owner, the Xian city government.
Japan Reportedly Developing C-2, P-1 Standoff Jammers 
Japan plans to develop indigenous standoff jamming aircraft based on the Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) C-2 airlifter and P-1 maritime patroller, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.
Japan Details 2019-23 Defense Plan Costs 
Nine Northrop Grumman E-2D airborne early warning aircraft that Japan plans to buy over the coming five fiscal years will cost an average of $242 million each.
Improved Engine Took Chang’e 4 Down To The Moon 
Greater demands on engine performance have ranked high among the challenges for China’s Chang’e 4 lunar mission.
Chinese Airlines’ On-Time Performance Improves In 2018 
On-time performance in Chinese commercial aviation leapt 8.5 percentage points to 80.1% in 2018, the best result in eight years, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said.
Xiamen Airlines Moving To New Beijing Airport In 2020 
Xiamen Airlines will move to Beijing’s new airport from the old one in March 2020, according to an agreement between the carrier and the state operating company of the facilities.
Hainan Airlines Studies Alliance Opportunities 
Hainan Airlines is assessing its chances for joining an alliance by 2022, managers have told staff members.
Indonesia Buys More Airbus, Bell Helicopters 
Indonesian Aerospace has received an order for eight Airbus H225M and nine Bell 412EPI helicopters from the country’s defense ministry, the company said.
Beijing Airports To Share Airlines Along Alliance Lines 
Assignment of airlines between Beijing’s new and old airports by Chinese authorities will result in division mainly along the lines of alliance memberships.
Indonesia Resumes Paying For KF-X Development 
Indonesia has resumed paying for development of the KF-X, according to manufacturer Korean Aerospace Industries.
Japan Retiring RF-4E Reconnaissance Aircraft 
Japan is planning to disband its tactical reconnaissance unit and retire the 13 RF-4E Phantoms that equip it.
Subaru Plans Low-Cost Production Following First UH-X Flight 
The manufacturer is preparing to begin series production in 2019. A separate requirement for attack helicopters has been deferred.
First 737 Emerges From Boeing-Comac Completion Center 
Boeing expects the plant at Zhoushan, China, to quickly move up to 100 aircraft a year.
Japan Leaves Attack Helicopters Out Of 2019-23 Plan 
A prospective Japanese requirement for 30-50 attack helicopters is unlikely to become a firm program before 2024.
Hainan Airlines Plans Guiyang-Paris Service 
Hainan Airlines proposes to begin flying to Paris in January from Guiyang, an only moderately developed city in China’s southwest.
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