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.


Skyteam’s China Southern Steps Up BA Cooperation 
Skyteam member China Southern Airlines, already showing some signs of drifting toward Oneworld, is increasing cooperation with British Airways, an anchor member of that alliance.
Japan Moves To Acquire Standoff Air-To-Surface Missiles 
Japan is probably more interested in standoff air-to-surface missiles for defense against an amphibious attack than the North Korean ballistic threat.
Canada To Start Getting Surplus Australian Hornets In 2019 
Australia will begin handing over 18 surplus Boeing F/A-18A/B Hornets to Canada in 2019, the government in Canberra says, confirming that a sale is planned.
Sichuan Airlines Plans New Chengdu Long-Haul Routes 
Sichuan Airlines proposes to boost the strength of Chengdu as an intercontinental gateway by adding four long-haul routes next year, including one to Boston.
As Boeing Nears NMA Launch, Airbus Considers Its Response  50
Challenge and opportunities abound for commercial aviation OEMs throughout the industry.
HNA’s Suparna Airlines Begins Receiving Hainan’s 787-8s  1
Hainan Airlines has begun moving its Boeing 787-8 fleet to Suparna Airlines, a passenger carrier that the HNA Group converted from an all-freight business to serve as its main operator in the Shanghai market.
Air China Moving Into SAS’ Beijing-Copenhagen Market 
Air China is planning to enter the profitable Beijing-Copenhagen market of its Star alliance partner SAS Scandinavian Airlines, applying to fly the route five times weekly.
U.S. Imports Dominate Japan Missile Defense And Aircraft Plans  1
Eyeing North Korea, Japan plans spending on Aegis at sea and on land, radars and improved PAC-3 interceptors and command and control.
North Korean Nuclear, Missile Threats Drive South’s Budget 
An indigenous anti-ballistic missile system and imported radar appear to have survived a South Korean defense ministry review.
Australia’s Domestic Navy Programs Burden Defense Budget  1
Australian defense spending is to grow at an annual average of 5.8% in the nine fiscal years ending in June 2026. Equipment spending will surge 7.8% a year.
Tianjin Airlines Airbus A330.
Chinese Airlines Pile On Australia And New Zealand Routes 
Chinese mainline airlines show no sign of being satisfied with what has become an extraordinary web of connections between their country and Australia and New Zealand.
Hainan Airlines Plans Chicago-Chongqing Service 
HNA’s Hainan Airlines has applied to link Chicago with the southeastern Chinese city of Chongqing.
SF Express And Hubei Province To Build Package Hub  1
An optimally located Chinese freight airport should open in 2020 and move 2.45 million metric tons of cargo by 2025. SF Express will be the anchor tenant.
Japan May Not Keep 2018 Timetable For Fighter Decision  4
The defense ministry says it has not decided on deciding: should it put off considering whether to develop an indigenous combat aircraft?
Japan Works On Extensive Bonding Of Fighter Parts  1
Gluing detail parts together would reduce mass because the adhesive has little weight and pieces can be thinner than those connected by fasteners.
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