Bradley Perrett

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.
 

Articles
South Korea Shows New Version Of Hyunmu 2 Missile 
South Korea has publicly test fired a version of its Hyunmu 2 tactical ballistic missile, revealing a version with a longer first stage than previously shown, while one news service says the weapon can fly farther than earlier revealed.
Delays Intensify In Chinese Aviation System 
Chinese flight delays are worsening. Only 68.4% of scheduled flights were on time last year—the third straight year of declining performance—demonstrating that palliatives, such as opening temporary airways, are not coping with industry growth.
China Holds Load Factor Above 80% As Economy Slows 
Meanwhile, Chinese airlines operated 9% more flights last year than in 2013, foreign carriers’ operations in China grew only 6.6%, the CAAC said in a report.
Chinese Airlines’ On-Time Rate Drops To 68.4% 

BEIJING—Only 68.4% of Chinese scheduled flights were on time last year, marking the third straight year of declining performance and demonstrating that short-term capacity expansion efforts, such as opening temporary airways, are not coping with industry growth. 

The 2014 on-time performance compares with 72.3% in 2013 and 83.1% in 2007, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) data show

Functional Testing Begins On Second MRJ 
MHI has painted the fifth aircraft in the colors of launch customer All Nippon Airways. In a photograph issued by Mitsubishi Aircraft, the outer wing boxes have not been attached to the inner wing box, however.
Big Chinese Airports Virtually Saturated, CAAC Data Show 
Meanwhile, some of the country’s airways are handling far-higher traffic densities than would normally be accepted by Western countries, CAAC said in a report on the efficiency of scheduled air operations last year.
West, Northwest China Lead Airline Growth 
Among the seven zones that the CAAC divides the country into, the strongest growth is occurring in Xinjiang, the huge and sparsely populated western province that stretches toward Central Asia. Airlines operated about 22% more scheduled flights there last year than in 2013.
Comac Due To Roll Out C919 In September 
Industry officials with insight into the C919 program think that a 2018 first delivery will be challenging.
Beijing In Talks To Order At Least 70 A330s 
One official believes an order for up to 160 A330s is possible, but the other official is sure that the figure will be closer to 70. Both agree that the order will be a mix of A330ceos and A330neos.
Australia To Field JDAM-ER Glide Bomb In 2016 
A JDAM glide bomb developed by the Australian Defense Department and Boeing will be operational starting in March 2016, equipping Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A/B Hornet fighters.
Functional Testing Begins On Second MRJ 
MHI has painted the fifth aircraft in the colors of launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA). A photograph issued by Mitsubishi Aircraft shows the outer wing boxes have not been attached to the inner wing box, however.
Boeing Still Working On Ruili Airlines MAX Order 
A Boeing representative says the manufacturer is still working with its customers on the deal, announced by privately owned Ruili last month.
Australia Launches First Hobart Class Destroyer 
Australian government shipbuilder ASC has launched the first of its three Hobart Class air defense destroyers, which are under construction in an AUS$8.455 billion ($6.59 billion) program that is running more than two years late.
Avic Stovl Work Likely Reflects Military Interest  9
China appears to be taking steps toward developing stovl aircraft, but lack of a propulsion system likely makes this a long-term proposition.
Chinese Bizjet Fleet Growth Seen Dropping Further
The Chinese business aircraft market will probably weaken further this year, with fleet growth of only about 10% because such factors as an anti-corruption crackdown continue to hold down demand, says a consultancy that compiles the most detailed figures on the market in China.
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