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.

A330 MRTT Wins In South Korea, Beats KC-46 Again 
South Korea will order four Airbus A330 MRTT tankers, extending the type’s unbroken run of wins over the Boeing KC-46 Pegasus in non-U.S. competitions.
Chinese Economic Policy In Freight Carrier Merger 
Consolidation of the Chinese central government’s freight airlines, foreshadowed by authorities this month, reflects the administration’s wider push to reform state enterprises, partly by merging some of them.
South Korea Launches LCH-LAH Civil-Military Helicopter 
Airbus will contribute a quarter of the development value for the rotorcraft, which will be based on the European manufacturer’s H155, formerly called EC155 B1.
South Korea Launches LCH-LAH Civil-Military Helicopter 
South Korea has launched full-scale development of the LCH-LAH civil and military helicopter, signing contracts with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) that value the program at 1.6 trillion won ($1.44 billion) in non-recurring costs.
HNA Plans To Set Up Airline At Ningbo 
The carrier will be called Ningbo Airlines, and have 16-20 aircraft by 2020, municipal media report, citing the agreement between HNA and city administration.
China Approves Haikou Airport Expansion 
The second-stage expansion of Haikou Meilan, on the southern island province Hainan, will raise annual capacity to 35 million passengers and 400,000 tons of freight by 2025, the agency says, the National Development and Reform Commission. The project cost will be 14.4 billion yuan ($2.32 billion).
China Backs Establishment Of Nepalese Carrier 
Tibet Airlines, a subsidiary of state-owned Air China, holds a 75% economic interest in the new carrier, Himalayan Airlines, says an industry official in China who has been involved in arrangements for the company to begin operations.
China’s YT Express Plans Cargo Carrier 
The airline—established as a company but not yet flying—has acquired three Boeing 737-300F freighters from lessors: Two are from Aviation Capital Group and one is from Yangtze River International Leasing.
Comac C919 Nears Roll Out
Comac’s C919 program is forecasting first delivery for 2018.
Hainan Aims To Add Transpacific Services 
The carrier, which already has North American connections from Beijing and Shanghai, has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to fly daily between New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and Tianjin Binhai International, with an extension to Shanghai Pudong International. Flights are intended to begin in June 2016, using Boeing 787s.
South Korea Tests Lengthened Hyunmu 2 Missile  2
Seoul has plans for 1,700 ballistic missiles, including the Hyunmu 2 that has probably been developed with foreign assistance. At least one upgraded version is in service.
Solving Technical Problems, CTRM Gains Efficiency 
Malaysia’s CTRM has learned a thing or two in overcoming production difficulties.
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.
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