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.


China’s Rapid-Response Rocket Prominent In 2018 Program 
China plans 36 flights by Casc’s various Long March space launchers this year. Long March 11 looks mature, but others have slipped.
Chinese Working On Giant Engine For Long March 9  18
Preparing for authorization for manned Moon missions, the Chinese space industry is working on three engines and has built a test airframe structure.
Strapped HNA Raises Funds With Local Government Investment 

HNA Group, which is struggling to meet obligations to creditors, has secured local government investment in its subsidiary based at Urumqi in northwest China.

The group is also negotiating for the city government of Beijing to increase its stake in Beijing-based Capital Airlines, according to an industry source close to HNA.

KAI Resumes Deliveries Of T-50 Family Aircraft To Iraq 
KAI has resumed deliveries to Iraq of light-attack aircraft of the T-50 family following partial payment of overdue charges by Baghdad.
New Chinese Cargo Carrier Aims To Carry Fish 
A new cargo airline is in the process of being established in Changsha in south-central China, aiming particularly at the market for carrying imported seafood.
Third C919 To Fly This Year; Three More In 2019 
The third flight test aircraft in the Comac C919 program will fly this year, with the final three joining the development effort in 2019, the state manufacturer said.
Japan Says Indigenous Fighter Option Still On Table 
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has denied that the country has ruled out developing an indigenous fighter, even as a second local newspaper casts doubt on the plan.
HNA Group Pushing Its Luck In Delaying Supplier Payments  1
A state oil company has given HNA’s Hainan Airlines Holding Co. Ltd. until March 16 to pay overdue fuel charges.
Fuel Company Threatens To Cut HNA’s Supply 
BEIJING—Part of China’s monopoly aviation fuel supplier has threatened to cease supplying mainland Chinese airlines that are subsidiaries of cash-strapped HNA if the group’s airline holding company does not catch up on payments.
China Aims To Build Moon Rocket Demo Engine In 2018  6
Completing a demo for a huge first-stage rocket engine, maybe in 2018, is among tech acquisition projects that China’s main space industry group is undertaking.
Italian Composites Firm ATR To Help Quickstep Commercialize 
Australian composites technology company Quickstep has moved to commercialize its Qure out-of-autoclave process in Europe.
China Space-Station Launcher, Long March 5B, To Fly In 2019 
The second version of China’s Long March 5 rocket, intended for building the country’s planned space station, will fly in mid-2019, a year later than planned.
HNA’s Airlines Unaffected By Cash Crunch, Group Tells CAAC 
BEIJING—HNA Group Chairman Chen Feng met with Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) officials in late January to assure the agency that HNA’s financial troubles were not affecting the group’s airline operations, an industry source said.
China Plans Five Long March 11 Missions In 2018 
China will conduct five missions with Long March 11 solid-propellant launchers this year, confirming the fast-response rocket is finally regarded as mature.
Japan Drops Plan For Indigenous Fighter—Report  1
Buying more Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings is an option, the Asahi newspaper says, adding the ministry also has looked at extending the life of the F-2, which is due to retire in the 2030s.
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