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 Authorities Lift Airport Plan Total To 370 
A Chinese airport construction plan is weighted to the south and west of the country. Three airport clusters are planned.
American, China Southern To Begin Codesharing 
American Airlines and China Southern Airlines plan to begin codesharing and interlining this year, following confirmation March 28 of a framework cooperation agreement and a $200 million investment by the U.S. carrier in its new partner.
Japanese Navy Takes Delivery Of Fourth Helicopter Carrier 
Japan Marine United has delivered the Japanese navy’s fourth helicopter carrier, right on time after 41 months of construction.
Air Astana Moving Toward Star Alliance 
A codeshare agreement between Air Astana and Lufthansa, beginning in March, advances Star Alliance efforts to develop a relationship with the well-located Kazakhstani carrier.
Chinese Airlines Vying For Ex-American Boeing 757s  15
Chinese freight carriers SF Airlines and YTO Airlines are competing for Boeing 757s that American Airlines plans to retire, leading SF to contact Airbus to discuss the A321 as an alternative, two industry sources said.
Japan-UK Fighter Project Sign Of Closer Defense Partnership  69
The two countries will tell each other what they want from a future fighter and what technology they have. Then they will consider studying a joint program.
Beijing Influence Rising In Russo-Chinese Widebody Program  13
The Lrwbca is supposed to be a 50:50 split, but the headquarters and engineering team will be in Shanghai, the project leader and possibly the engine Chinese.
American Said To Be In Talks To Buy China Southern Stake 
A March 22 report, citing anonymous sources, said American Airlines could buy a $200 million stake in the Chinese carrier.
Boeing Starts Australian Military Helicopter Training 
Boeing has begun training rotorcraft aircrew members for the Australian armed forces under a 25-year contract.
Beijing’s Influence In Russo-Chinese Program Growing 4
China increasingly looks like it is taking a leading role in a politically driven widebody aircraft program defined in 2016 as an equal partnership between Moscow and Beijing.
C919 Prototype Configuration Frozen For April First Flight  31
The timing of the flight almost rules out the possibility of the Chinese state manufacturer meeting its internal target of making the first delivery of the 158-seat airliner in 2019.
Boeing 737, 787 Order Rewards Likely From Chinese Completion Center  1
Conveniently for Boeing, the province where it will build a 737 completion center is home to a small, government-backed airline with big growth plans.
Singapore To Acquire Maritime Patrollers 
Singapore is likely to field at least five maritime patrollers in the early 2020s.
Singapore Plans Maritime Patroller Order 
Singapore is likely to field at least five maritime patrollers in the early 2020s.
MQ-9, Heron TP Vie For RAAF Armed-UAV Program  4
Australia’s planned force of armed drones are probably intended for expeditionary operations; Canberra does not seem to think propeller-driven UAVs would have a large role for the defense of the country.
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