Bradley Perrett

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.
 

Articles
Airbus Aiming At Chinese Orders For 150-200 A330s 

BEIJING—Airbus is aiming at getting contracts for 150-200 A330s in the current Chinese ordering campaign intended to fill airline requirements for the 2016-20 economic planning period, says an industry official in China.

The contracts will be tied to an agreement to open a proposed completion center for the A330 in Tianjin.

South Korea Mulls Lockheed Martin Upgrade Of F-16s 

BEIJING—South Korea is checking whether it can satisfactorily contract Lockheed Martin to modernize most of its F-16s, following rejection of the price that the U.S. government put on an upgrade that was to have been done by BAE Systems.

The defense ministry’s Defense Acquisition Program Agency says it has asked for a U.S. government quote for a price for a Lockheed Martin upgrade and will decide how to proceed once it gets a response.

Sichuan Airlines Negotiating For At Least 10 A330s 

BEIJINGSichuan Airlines, expanding international services with financial backing from the Chengdu city government, is negotiating for at least 10 Airbus A330s, two industry officials in China say.

Airbus Aiming At Chinese Orders For 150-200 A330s 
The contracts will be tied to an agreement to open a proposed completion center for the A330 in Tianjin.
Chinese Planning Authority Approves New Beijing Airport 

BEIJING—China’s top economic planning authority has approved construction of the long-delayed second major airport for Beijing.

Construction should take five years, says the National Development and Reform Commission, governing authority for the project. But when construction will begin is still unclear.

The State Council (cabinet) and Central Military Commission approved construction of the airport two years ago; at that point, the project seemed ready to go ahead.

Jetstar Continues New Zealand Growth With New Flight 

Low-cost carrier (LCC) Jetstar is boosting its network in the Australia-New Zealand market, as it quickly ramps up service into its latest New Zealand gateway in Wellington.

The Australian-based carrier plans to begin four weekly flights between Melbourne and Wellington from March 30. This announcement follows hard on the heels of Jetstar’s Dec. 12 launch of its first international route to Wellington, from Gold Coast, the Australian leisure destination.

South Korea Mulls Lockheed Martin Upgrade Of F-16s 
South Korea is checking whether it can satisfactorily contract with Lockheed Martin to modernize most of its F-16s.
Sichuan Airlines Negotiating For At Least 10 A330s 
The A330s would have current-production engines and should be available at a very attractive price, the officials say.
Requirements Dossier: F-3 

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Description: The F-3 is the provisional name for Japan’s indigenous, fifth-generation fighter program. 

South Korean Finance Ministry OKs KF-X 
The South Korean finance ministry has approved 8.8 trillion won ($8.1 billion) in funding for full-scale development of the KF-X indigenous fighter
Chinese Planning Authority Approves New Beijing Airport 
Construction should take five years, says the National Development and Reform Commission, governing authority for the project. But when construction will begin is still unclear.
KF-X Kept On Back Burner As Boeing Pushes Super Hornet 
The South Korean parliament, allowing only modest funding for preliminary KF-X work, has kept open the possibility of economizing by replacing an indigenous KF-X design with the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet or an advanced development of that type.
Chinese Budget Carrier 9 Air Wants Second Base 1
The move will put competitive pressure on the Guangzhou city government, on which 9 Air relies for political support when seeking route rights. If permitted by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the second base also would give 9 Air an alternative path for development should its Guangzhou-centered strategy falter.
Oneworld Might Be A Temptation For China Eastern Airlines 
With many nearby partners, China Eastern Airways cannot be fully comfortable in Skyteam. Meanwhile, its relationship with Oneworld members is deepening.
 
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