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.


UAC-Comac Widebody Launched With 2027 Delivery Target 
Detail design of a Sino-Russian widebody airliner should be completed by the end of 2018, by which time the partners will have chosen major suppliers.
Star Enlists Juneyao To Fill Shanghai Connections Gap 
China’s Juneyao Airlines may eventually become a full member of Star Alliance, the company said as it joins the group in a subsidiary role to provide much-needed connections to Shanghai.
Chinese Tourism Company Moves To Set Up As Regional Carrier 
To begin air operations quickly, Chinese travel group Tongcheng has chosen Embraer 190s, not 190-E2s.
Avic Flies Z-19 Export Version, Forecasts Up To 150 Sales 
China’s Avic has flown an export version of the Z-19 attack helicopter, with hopes of selling up to 150 of the tandem-seat rotorcraft over 10 years.
North Korea Conducts Second Test Of Ground-Based SLBM Derivative 
A second test of North Korea’s solid-propellant Pukguksong-2 ballistic missile has resulted in another lofted trajectory flight of about 500 km range.
Tokyo Seeks New Ways To Stop North Korean Missiles  61
Aegis Ashore batteries would add an outer layer to Japan’s ballistic-missile defense. Tomahawks on destroyers could hit Pyongyang’s weapons before launch.
AECC Aims At Near-Leap-1C Performance For Its Engine 
Aero Engine Co. of China, developing the CJ-1000 turbofan for the Comac C919 airliner, is aiming at what it believes is a specification only slightly inferior to those of rival engines.
YTO Airlines Negotiating For Ex-American 757s 
Chinese freight carrier YTO Airlines is close to securing more than 10 American Airlines Boeing 757s for conversion to cargo operation.
Sweden Wants Japan To Consider Saab As Future Fighter Backer 
Sweden is urging Japan to consider Saab as a possible technical backer for the Future Fighter Program.
Australian Frigate Delay Likely To Free Up Defense Funds 
Australia appears to be delaying major spending on its forthcoming frigate program, potentially freeing up more than $2 billion for other programs early next decade.
North Korean Hwasong-12 Missile Nears ICBM Performance  4
A range of 5,500 km would reach the western edge of Alaska and would cover all of East Asia, including the far west of China, with Australia just out of reach
Comac’s C919 First-Delivery Target In Place  1
Comac’s unannounced target for first delivery of its C919 narrowbody is now 2020, a senior program source said.
AirAsia And State Partners Agree To Set Up Chinese Offshoot 
China’s big and influential airlines can only see the arrival of famously efficient AirAsia as a threat that must be contained.
Japanese Order For Aegis Ashore Increasingly Likely  1
Japanese acquisition of at least two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore installations for ballistic-missile defense looks increasingly likely.
AirAsia (China) Pieces Fall Into Place 
AirAsia has agreed with Chinese partners to set up a local franchisee airline that the Malaysian group said is the final piece in its business puzzle.
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