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-Three C919 Orders Await Program Progress 
However good the performance of the C919, Chinese airline managers will see a significant drawback in operating it: Adding C919s means adding a type to the fleet—a duplicative type at that—because it would be almost interchangeable with the Airbus A320.
Vietnam, Philippines Respond To Maritime Tension 
By Southeast Asian standards, Vietnam is impressively modernizing its military. Singapore seems to be more than adequately armed for facing either of the two countries that surround it, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Tianjin Airlines Plans London, Moscow Services 
HNA Group carrier Tianjin Airlines, moving into long-haul operations this year, proposes to begin three low-frequency services to London and Moscow in June.
Big Chinese Airlines Hold Back On C919 Orders 
Orders for the Comac C919 from China’s three big state airlines are unlikely to appear until the state manufacturer is able to confirm the performance of the 158-seat airliner.
China Eastern Plans 2016-20 Fleet Growth Boost 
A 2020 fleet target suggests China Eastern will need approximately 100 more aircraft to support expansion, plus an unknown quantity for replacements, and more again if it reduces the number of aircraft it has on lease. It is close to ordering Airbus A350s.
China Eastern A350 Order Likely Within Weeks 
A China Eastern order for Airbus A350s—expected since October—is likely to be announced around March, an industry source in China says.
China Eastern To Boost Fleet Growth In 2016-20 
China Eastern Airlines plans to accelerate fleet expansion in the five years to 2020, despite the slowing national economy.
Chinese Astronauts Returning To Space In 2016 
By specifying the months this year in which the first flights of Long March 5 and 7 are due, CASC shows greater confidence in the development schedules for the rockets, both of which are running years late.
Hainan Airlines Temporarily Cuts Long-Haul Routes 
One factor behind the capacity constraints may be the airline’s need to allocate aircraft to other routes and to affiliate carriers in the HNA Group that are opening long-haul services.
China Confirms 2016 Manned Space Plans 
China has confirmed a schedule for major steps this year in its manned space program, with plans to send astronauts to a second orbital laboratory in preparation for building a space station.
MHI Fighter Demonstrator To Fly In February 
The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) X-2 fighter technology demonstrator, formerly called ATD-X, is due to fly in February, testing systems that Japan’s defense technology agency is preparing for a possible future combat aircraft.
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China Southern To Build Up Urumqi Hub 
China Southern Airlines has launched a long-contemplated buildup at Urumqi in the northwest of China, aiming at opening Central Asian and European routes from that city.
Comac Opens Flight-Test Base  3
Comac has opened the base it will use for the most-challenging parts of the C919 narrowbody airliner’s flight-testing program.
China’s Avic Still Pursuing Joint Helicopter Programs With Russia  1
Chinese demand for training helicopters probably explains much of Avic’s specific interest in the Mil Mi-34. Chinese helicopter operations are expanding fast, challenging schools to train enough pilots.
Australia Undecided On Extra CH-47Fs 
Although Australian defense officials are keen to increase the army’s Chinook fleet to 10 aircraft from the current seven, the defense department in Canberra says it has not yet decided even to ask the government to approve buying more of the aircraft.
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