Adrian Schofield

Adrian Schofield
Senior Air Transport Editor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Adrian is a Senior Air Transport Editor, based in New Zealand. He covers commercial aviation in Australasia and Japan, leads Aviation Week’s coverage of air traffic management and heads Aviation Week’s high-profile Top Performing Airlines.
 
Adrian was based in the Washington bureau for eight years, writing for a range of Aviation Week publications. He won the breaking news category in the 2008 Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards.
 
Prior to joining Aviation Week in 2002, Adrian covered aviation industry and policy issues for two other publishing companies in Washington. He has also worked for newspapers in Texas and New Zealand, covering a wide range of topics. Adrian graduated from Auckland University with a degree in history and English.

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ANA Resumes Nagoya Flights As Part Of Haneda Expansion 

The latest round of route announcements by Japan’s major airlines includes the notable return of a domestic trunk service that was previously squeezed out by competition from high-speed rail.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) are both boosting their flights from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, although JAL also cut flights from elsewhere in its network. Most of the changes will be effective from Oct. 26, and will apply to their schedules for the second half of the fiscal year.

Scoot’s 787s Will Boost Fleet Size After 777 Replacement 

SYDNEY — While Singapore-based low-cost carrier Scoot will use Boeing 787 deliveries to grow its fleet next year, initial deliveries will be focused more on fleet replacement than expansion, CEO Campbell Wilson says.

Fernandes Predicts Improvement For AirAsia Affiliates 
Malaysia-based Air Asia is confident it can reverse the decline in economic performance of its off-shore franchises that is dragging down the group’s profitability.
ANA Resumes Nagoya Flights As Part Of Haneda Expansion 
The latest round of route announcements by Japan’s major airlines includes the notable return of a domestic trunk service that was previously squeezed out by competition from high-speed rail.
AirAsia Dismisses Speculation About Skymark Investment 

The Malaysia-based AirAsia Group has ruled out the possibility of investing in troubled Japanese domestic carrier Skymark Airlines.

Speculation about AirAsia buying into Skymark had grown to such a degree that AirAsia felt compelled to issue a statement on Aug. 19 refuting it. “We dismiss the speculation as just another industry rumor and continue to focus our efforts on growing the businesses of all existing airline affiliates within our group,” AirAsia said.

A380s, 787s Will Upgrade Etihad’s Australian Offering 

Etihad’s introduction of Airbus A380s and Boeing 787s will mean major changes for its Australian network, as this will be among the early markets to see the carrier’s new aircraft types.

The airline is on track to take delivery of its first A380 in December, and is due to receive four more in 2015. While the first few will be deployed to the Abu Dhabi-London route on Dec. 27 and March 1, one of the other 2015 deliveries will take over the Abu Dhabi-Sydney route in June.

AirAsia Dismisses Speculation About Skymark Investment 
Speculation about AirAsia buying into Skymark had grown to such a degree that AirAsia felt compelled to issue a statement on Aug. 19 refuting it. “We dismiss the speculation as just another industry rumor and continue to focus our efforts on growing the businesses of all existing airline affiliates within our group,” AirAsia said.
Scoot’s 787s Will Boost Fleet Size After 777 Replacement 
Scoot is scheduled to receive 11 787s by the end of is next fiscal year, on March 31, 2016.
ANA Wins Japanese VIP Aircraft Contract 

Finnair is expecting a significant deterioration to its full-year turnover and profitability, after tumbling to a €23.9 million ($ 31.9 million) second-quarter net loss.

The €23.9 million loss for the quarter ended June 30 marked a huge swing from the €18.1 million Q2 net profit posted a year ago. Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo blamed the decline on weaker demand in Finland and Asia, stronger long-haul competition and adverse exchange rates. He described the result as disappointing, and added: “We can definitely not be happy about it.” 

Australian Industry Group Urges Entry Procedure Reforms 

A new report from a major industry group is calling for reforms to streamline air travel between Australia and New Zealand, although it appears a common border remains off the table.

Capacity Oversupply Affecting Asian Routes, Australian Official Says 

While Australia’s international airline service has expanded rapidly in recent years, there are worrying signs that supply is outstripping demand, a senior government official says.

This trend needs to be considered in government aviation policy, according to Mike Mrdak, secretary of the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. Rapid growth in international service is not necessarily desirable, and it is important that airlines operate profitably, Mrdak said during the recent CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit.

A380s, 787s Will Upgrade Etihad’s Australian Offering 
The airline is on track to take delivery of its first A380 in December, and is due to receive four more in 2015. While the first few will be deployed to the Abu Dhabi-London route on Dec. 27 and March 1, one of the other 2015 deliveries will take over the Abu Dhabi-Sydney route in June.
Capacity Oversupply Affecting Asian Routes, Australian Official Says 
This trend needs to be considered in government aviation policy, according to Mike Mrdak, secretary of the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. Rapid growth in international service is not necessarily desirable, and it is important that airlines operate profitably, Mrdak said during the recent CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit.
Australian Industry Group Urges Entry Procedure Reforms 
A new report from a major industry group is calling for reforms to streamline air travel between Australia and New Zealand, although it appears a common border remains off the table.
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