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.

Big Chinese Airports Virtually Saturated, CAAC Data Show 
Meanwhile, some of the country’s airways are handling far-higher traffic densities than would normally be accepted by Western countries, CAAC said in a report on the efficiency of scheduled air operations last year.
West, Northwest China Lead Airline Growth 
Among the seven zones that the CAAC divides the country into, the strongest growth is occurring in Xinjiang, the huge and sparsely populated western province that stretches toward Central Asia. Airlines operated about 22% more scheduled flights there last year than in 2013.
Comac Due To Roll Out C919 In September 
Industry officials with insight into the C919 program think that a 2018 first delivery will be challenging.
Beijing In Talks To Order At Least 70 A330s 
One official believes an order for up to 160 A330s is possible, but the other official is sure that the figure will be closer to 70. Both agree that the order will be a mix of A330ceos and A330neos.
Australia To Field JDAM-ER Glide Bomb In 2016 
A JDAM glide bomb developed by the Australian Defense Department and Boeing will be operational starting in March 2016, equipping Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A/B Hornet fighters.
Functional Testing Begins On Second MRJ 
MHI has painted the fifth aircraft in the colors of launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA). A photograph issued by Mitsubishi Aircraft shows the outer wing boxes have not been attached to the inner wing box, however.
Boeing Still Working On Ruili Airlines MAX Order 
A Boeing representative says the manufacturer is still working with its customers on the deal, announced by privately owned Ruili last month.
Australia Launches First Hobart Class Destroyer 
Australian government shipbuilder ASC has launched the first of its three Hobart Class air defense destroyers, which are under construction in an AUS$8.455 billion ($6.59 billion) program that is running more than two years late.
Avic Stovl Work Likely Reflects Military Interest  8
China appears to be taking steps toward developing stovl aircraft, but lack of a propulsion system likely makes this a long-term proposition.
Chinese Bizjet Fleet Growth Seen Dropping Further
The Chinese business aircraft market will probably weaken further this year, with fleet growth of only about 10% because such factors as an anti-corruption crackdown continue to hold down demand, says a consultancy that compiles the most detailed figures on the market in China.
EVA Keen To Merge Uni Into Mainland Ops 
While awaiting the change, Taiwan’s second-largest airline is continuing with merger plans, which it sees bringing not only operational efficiencies but also a stronger Taiwanese offering for the Star Alliance.
Avic Stovl Work Only A Hint At Possible Deployment 
Avic’s preliminary development of technology for a short-takeoff-vertical-landing (Stovl) fighter, discussed by state media this week, probably means that the Chinese military has some interest in operating such an aircraft but does not necessarily mean it has a concrete plan to do so.
Work Begins On Australian F-35 Base Facilities  1
Meeting U.S. requirements for security of the F-35 is a key issue behind building new infrastructure at Royal Australian Air Force bases from which the aircraft will operate.
Russia, China Agree On Super Heavy Helicopter 
Russia says China will act as an investor—wording that suggests that Russia will provide know-how while China pays. Russia has no requirement for the aircraft, so Beijing and Avic are obviously driving the whole program.
Joy MA60 Was Throttled Down Before Hard Landing 
The regulator faults the turboprop airliner’s pilots and the airline, Joy Air, for the accident at Fuzhou in Eastern China.
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