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.

Joy MA60 Was Throttled Down Before Hard Landing 
The regulator faults the turboprop airliner’s pilots and the airline, Joy Air, for the accident at Fuzhou in Eastern China.
C919 Unlikely To Meet Former 2018 Delivery Target 
Comac scheduled the original 2018 date last year. But the likely timing for first delivery is fairly unpredictable, program officials said.
Hainan Leasing Two 787-9s From Air Lease Corp. 
The aircraft from Air Lease will apparently begin flying for the Chinese airline in the first half of next year.
Security Needs Drive Australian F-35 Base Program 16
Australia has begun building the infrastructure it will need to support its planned force of at least 72 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings, with much of the work driven by U.S. demands for tightened security of the aircraft and their systems.
MA60 Wing Detaches, Pivots In Runway Excursion 16
The complete wing of an Avic MA60 turboprop airliner became partly detached then pivoted on the fuselage when the aircraft ran on to grass on landing on May 10.
Japan Revisits Slow Aircraft Capable Of Firing Huge AAMs  9
A small research effort reveals that Japanese defense ministry technologists believe a radical alternative to the fighter as an instrument of air control may soon be available.
Japan Studies AAM-Launching Missileer Aircraft 
Japan, challenged with a numerically superior Chinese fighter force, is re-examining the 1950s concept of exercising air control with low-performance aircraft firing high-performance missiles.
China’s Jilin Province To Set Up Airline 
The new airline may launch this year, the state-owned group that runs the province’s airports said. The carrier would presumably be based at Changchun Longjia International Airport. Changchun is the capital of Jilin.
Big Chinese Carriers Swing To Solid Profits In Q1 
In the case of the largest Chinese carrier, China Southern, the shift in fuel prices helped cut unit costs by about 7%, analysts at Singaporean brokerage UOB Kay Hian have estimated.
Hainan Airlines Talks To GE, Rolls-Royce For 787-9 Engines
Hainan Airlines is negotiating with General Electric and Rolls-Royce for engines for the 30 Boeing 787-9s that it plans to order, even though it uses GE GEnx engines for 10 new 787-8s it has in service, an industry official says.
Growing In Long-Haul, Hainan Plans Big 787-9 Fleet 
Hainan Airlines may not be as comfortable as China’s big three state carriers, but it shows great ambitions for long-haul services.
Asian Airline Group Seeks Closer Safety Oversight 
Early this century, Asian airlines’ major accident rates improved markedly. Now they are drifting higher again, and the industry association wants tighter regulation.
VistaJet Close to Chinese Operation
The Swiss charter company expects to enter the Chinese market “within weeks.”
Asia-Pacific Airlines Seek More Safety Oversight
The association’s data analysis shows that smaller Asian carriers, following years of dramatic safety improvements, are now suffering more crashes than they did around 2010. This seems to point to how new airlines are assessed as a cause for concern.
Hainan Airlines Seeking Six Leased 787-9s 
Hainan Airlines, China’s fourth-largest carrier, hopes to enter leased 787-9s into service from next year, an industry official familiar with the airline’s fleet plans said.
Special Topics

Sign up to Aviation Week Newsletter

Daily analysis on technology advances impacting the global aviation, aerospace & defense industries.

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×