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.

Deer Jet’s Jet Card Equalizes Int’l, Chinese Rates 
SHANGHAI – Rates for international flights are no higher than for domestic services in the latest version of the jet card program of Chinese business aircraft operator Deer Jet.
The package price is also lower than market prices, says Deer Jet, adding that it is offering further benefits with cards sold during the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition, held here from April 14-16. Jet cards, a way of selling charter services, allow buyers to purchase blocks of hours of aircraft usage.
Deer Jet is a major charter operator in mainland China.
Honeywell, Partners To Offer Small Satcom Antenna 
Honeywell, Inmarsat and satcoms technology specialist Kymeta are developing a Ka-band antenna for business and commercial aviation that should offer better broadband service and suit installation in smaller aircraft.
It will be the first truly flat-panel antenna for aviation, says Leo Mondale, president of the aviation business at Inmarsat.
“The smaller and more compact design will allow the antenna to be installed on a wider variety of aircraft, including smaller business aviation aircraft,” Honeywell says.
MRJ First Flight, But Not Delivery, Slips 
Ground testing has revealed a bug in the MRJ’s software, and some airframe changes are needed, too. Mitsubishi Aircraft plans to offset the delay by testing more aircraft in the sunny U.S.
Airbus Fails To Secure A330 Regional Orders, Looks At Cabin Upgrade 
The transition from the current Airbus A330 to the A330neo was never going to be easy.
China’s Attention Shifts From A330 To Newer And Larger Widebodies 
FRANKFURT and BEIJING—Airbus’s chances of securing a large order from China for current-version A330 have become very small, according to industry sources, aggravating the manufacturer’s problems to fill production holes through the transition to the A330neo.
Air China Reaches Deal To Merge Maintenance Businesses Into Ameco 
BEIJING—Air China’s wholly owned maintenance operation, Air China Technics, will be merged into Ameco—the carrier’s joint venture with Lufthansa—by June, industry officials say.
Beijing Capital Airlines Plans European Services 
BEIJING—Beijing Capital Airlines, an affiliate of Hainan Airlines, is planning to move into long-haul operations this year, beginning with services between Beijing and Helsinki and Copenhagen.
KAI Campaigns To Sell 24 FA-50s To Peru 
South Korean President Park Geun-hye is backing a campaign by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to sell 24 FA-50 attack aircraft to Peru.
Australian PM Backs Continuous Warship Building 
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s call for sustainable warship building removes a risk that the government could switch to ordering all ships for the Royal Australian Navy from abroad, giving up on the trouble-plagued industry.
Honeywell, Partners To Offer Small Satcom Antenna 
Honeywell, Inmarsat and satcoms-technology specialist Kymeta are developing a Ka-band antenna for business and commercial aviation that should offer better broadband service and suit installation in smaller aircraft.
Cirrus Sells 74 Aircraft To Chinese Customers 
Chinese distributor GDAT on April 14 signed a deal with Cirrus Aircraft for 60 SR four-seat propeller aircraft and six SF50 private jets, while the flying-club subsidiary of Avic has ordered eight more SRs. Beyond that, another Chinese customer is close to buying 20 Cirrus aircraft this year, says Scott Jiang, director of Cirrus’s Chinese business.
Boeing Sees 777 As Meeting Australian VIP Need 

SHANGHAI—Boeing expects that the 777 will be its candidate for an expected Australian government requirement for ministerial transport aircraft, though the 787 is also a possibility.

Makers of traditional business jets are also awaiting the competition, since the government could decide to partly replace its two 737 Boeing Business Jets and three old Bombardier Challenger 604s with their products while relying on Airbus KC-30 tankers for carrying large passenger loads.

Deer Jet Stops Buying Bizjets, Eyes U.S. Market 
Chinese business aviation operator Deer Jet has stopped buying business jets for the foreseeable future and will instead focus on managing aircraft for other clients.
MRJ Flight-Testing Rejig Protects Delivery Target 
Ground-testing revealed a software bug and a need to change some of the MRJ structure, the company says.
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