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.


Air China Moves Boost New York Service, Strengthen Chengdu Base 
BEIJING—Air China is expanding intercontinental services beyond the 2015 plan that it unveiled at the end of last year, increasing its frequency between Beijing and New York while applying for rights to connect Chengdu with Paris, which will help cement Chengdu’s increasingly prominent status as China’s unofficial western gateway.
Cost Could Force South Korea To Trim F-16 Upgrade 
South Korean program managers may have to trim a plan to modernize 134 F-16s, following U.S. Defense Department confirmation that the proposed work by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman would exceed Seoul’s budget.
Canberra Looks At Raising Boeing P-8 Buy To 15 
Australia may increase its planned force of Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrollers under a policy set out in a defense white paper expected within weeks, local media say.
Australia Urged To Question Surface Ship Viability 
A leading Australian defense think tank is urging Canberra to question the viability of the surface warship before committing to continuous construction of naval vessels in the country.
China Eastern Applies For Shanghai-Chicago Route 
The move marks China Eastern’s first attempt at opening a new intercontinental route this year. While rivals Hainan Airlines, Air China and China Southern have each moved into several new long-haul markets, China Eastern has merely increased frequencies on current routes.
China Eastern Looks At Chicago-Shanghai Service 
The Shanghai-based airline has also made a preliminary plan to double its service frequency to New York and to beef up its daily San Francisco service by substituting Boeing 777-300ERs for Airbus A330-200s.
HNA Negotiating For Stake In Air Europa 
But HNA is not likely to pay as much as the values mentioned by Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, which first reported the Chinese conglomerate’s interest in the carrier, the source says.
China Eastern LCC Will Share In 737-800 Order 
China Eastern Airlines, denied permission to set up a budget carrier in Hong Kong, will order 50 Boeing 737-800s for branch and subsidiary companies including China United Airlines, its Beijing-based low-cost unit.
BAE’s Australian Assault Ship Work Close To Target 
BAE Systems’ program to build two 27,500-ton assault ships for Australia is running close to the timetable set eight years ago, with the company saying the second ship should be delivered in September.
South Korea, Australia Order A330 MRTTs  3
With Seoul’s selection of the A330 MRTT, the Airbus tanker has now beaten the Boeing KC-46 in nine non-U.S. competitions. Launch customer Australia, meanwhile, has set Airbus’s airliner-to-tanker conversion program in motion.
Australia Abandons Proposal To Order F-35B  51
Australia has scrapped plans to purchase F-35B, the Joint Strike Fighter's short takeoff and vertical landing variant, according to a defense source.
HNA Shanghai Cargo Unit Likely To Take Passengers 
The move should alleviate a longstanding problem of HNA’s airline business: its scarcity of connections between major cities.
U.S. Refuses To Help With KF-X Sensor Integration 

BEIJING – The U.S. will withhold sensor-integration technology from the Korea Aerospace Industries’ KF-X program, confirming expectations that South Korea will have to contract with advanced European or Israeli suppliers to equip the fighter.

Y-9 Maritime Aircraft Comparable To P-3C, Official Says 
The maritime version of China’s Y-9 transport is technologically comparable with the Lockheed Martin P-3C, says a Chinese government official who also describes the type’s anti-ship role.
China Gets A330 Plant, But Airlines Must Take A330s  5
The Chinese government has ordered A330s in bulk and will encourage—if necessary, direct—Chinese airlines to take them. Hainan Airlines has the best reason to comply.
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