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.


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.
Networking Critical For Australia’s Tiger Helo Replacements 
Networking with the rest of the Australian Defense Force will be a crucial requirement for aircraft that replace the country’s 22 Airbus Tiger attack helicopters.
YTO Express, Shaanxi To Set Up Freight Carrier 
Chinese freight carrier YTO Express Airlines and the government of Shaanxi province have agreed to set up an international cargo airline in the northwestern Chinese province.
China's Plans For New, Long-Range Bomber  20
Announcement of the new bomber development is a further sign that China is seeking to project force beyond ranges necessary for immediate national defense.
AirAsia Aims To Create Chinese Subsidiary With Local Partner 
AirAsia’s problem in China may turn out to be that, as currently planned, its partner would not be an airline.
China Developing Long-Range Bomber, Air Force Chief Says 
China is developing a new-generation long-range bomber, air force commander Gen. Ma Xiaotian says.
Australia To Consider Early Tiger Replacement 
Australia will consider accelerated replacement of its Airbus Tigers after auditors questioned a planned sustainment upgrade for the unreliable attack helicopters, even though they have been fully operational for only five months.
Japanese Defense Ministry Requests Six F-35As For Fiscal 2017 
Japan would purchase six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightnings under the budget request that the defense ministry has submitted for the fiscal year beginning in April 2017.
Australian Navy Seeking Unmanned Helicopters In Exploratory Program 
The Royal Australian Navy plans to acquire unmanned helicopters as part of experiments aimed at fielding an operational shipborne surveillance system within 10 years.
Aero Engine Corp. Of China Inaugurated, Separated From Avic 
Melding the merged units into a coordinated business will be an enormous challenge for the leaders of AECC, since many of the engine factories and design institutes do both military and civil work.
Canadian Company To Work On KF-X Landing Gear 
Heroux-Devtek of Canada will work with South Korea’s Hanwha to develop landing gear for the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) KF-X fighter.

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