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.


Hainan Intruding On China Eastern’s Kunming Market 
HNA Group is sending its leading carrier, Hainan Airlines, into the long-haul market of Kunming, a southwestern Chinese city where China Eastern Airlines has long been the dominant operator.
Sources: Ruili, Donghai Sticking With 787 Plans 
Chinese carriers Ruili Airlines and Donghai Airlines are sticking with plans to acquire Boeing 787s, well informed industry sources said, contradicting an Aviation Daily report that 737s would be bought.
Unmanned Wingmen For Japan’s Piloted Force Planned For 2030s 
Japan's defense ministry says it will “acquire high-autonomy technology to realize an unmanned wingman for the F-3 in 15 to 20 years.”
China Southern Plans Daily Shenzhen–Brisbane Flights 
China Southern Airlines is planning to open a route between Shenzhen, China, and Brisbane, Australia, in November, joining China Eastern Airlines in commencing services to the eastern Australian city this year.
Japan Eyes Unmanned Air Combat Aircraft In 2030s 
Japan will field unmanned aircraft for air combat and ballistic missile defense in the 2030s, according to a defense ministry technology development road map.
Sichuan Airlines Adds A350s, Looks Toward North America 
Sichuan Airlines, rapidly building up a long-haul business, will introduce the Airbus A350 into its fleet in 2017.
Longhao Aviation To Set Up Chengdu Base 
Longhao Aviation Group has agreed to set up a base at Chengdu, China, where it will undertake freight, passenger and general aviation operations.
China Clamps Down On Airline Licensing  1
From full speed ahead to slamming on the brakes: The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has formally tightened rules on setting up airlines, around five months after it suspended authorizations, unannounced.
China Launches Second Orbital Lab, Preparing For Station 
China launched its second orbital laboratory, Tiangong 2, on Sept. 15 as part of preparations for assembling a space station around the end of the decade.
CAAC Tightens Rules On Airline Establishment 
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has formally tightened rules on setting up airlines, around five months after it made an unannounced decision to suspend authorizations.
Two Chinese Airlines Cancel 787 Plans, Instead Taking 737s 
Two Chinese airlines have dropped plans to buy a total of 11 Boeing 787s, switching to 737 MAX aircraft because of government pressure, industry sources said.
Australia Considering Further Shortening Tiger Service Life  1
Among 16 Tigers in Australian Army squadron service, an average of only 3.5 were serviceable in 2015.
Comac Will Not Meet 2016 Target For C919 First Flight  18
The slippage implies a delay in the undisclosed target for first delivery, which in the first half of this year was 2019.
China Southern, Boosting Urumqi Base, Seeks Vienna Service 
China Southern Airlines, aiming at building up operations at Urumqi, China, proposes to connect the northwestern Chinese city with Vienna.
Boeing Charts Chinese Airline Growth 
Boeing forecasts 6.4% annual growth in passenger traffic for Chinese airlines through 2035, with international business expanding faster than domestic.

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