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.

Kansai Airport Taps International And LCC Surge 
In contrast to Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports, Kansai has been able to use its greater available capacity to draw new flights from Japanese and foreign airlines. It is positioning itself well to take advantage of an increase in overseas visitor numbers. This has been particularly evident with LCCs, as Japan’s new budget airlines establish bases and grow their networks at Kansai. In addition, several foreign LCCs have launched service to Osaka, and more plan to follow.
Tan Seeks Buyout Of PAL Minority Owners 
PAL Holdings confirms that Tan has issued a voluntary offer—through two of his companies—to buy remaining shares.
Hawaiian Sees Gains In Financial Performance 
While the carrier’s third-quarter net profit dipped slightly to $35.6 million, its adjusted profit—reflecting economic fuel cost—rose by 35% year-over-year to $49.5 million.
Hong Kong Access Eased For Philippine Carriers 

Airlines in the Philippines will be able to boost their services to Hong Kong under a new air services agreement between the two governments.

The current agreement allots to Philippine carriers 15,000 seats weekly on Hong Kong-Manila routes; under the new deal, this allocation will double. There will be no restriction on flights departing cities other than Manila. Both Philippine Airlines (PAL) and low-cost carrier (LCC) Cebu Pacific have multiple daily flights to Hong Kong, mainly from Manila.

Virgin Australia Signals International Plans For Tigerair 
Virgin announced on Oct. 17 it has struck a deal to fully acquire Tigerair Australia, pending regulatory approvals.
Qantas Launches A330 Fleet Overhaul 
The carrier says interior work will begin on the first of its A330s next month; upgrades are being performed at the carrier’s heavy maintenance facility in Brisbane, Australia.
Hong Kong Access Eased For Philippine Carriers 
The current agreement allots to Philippine carriers 15,000 seats weekly on Hong Kong-Manila routes; under the new deal, this allocation will double.
China Eastern To Introduce Auckland Flights 
China Eastern plans to launch seasonal service to New Zealand in December, becoming the second Chinese carrier to serve that country.
The airline will operate nonstop flights from Shanghai to Auckland International Airport between Dec. 9 and March 28, using Airbus A330-200s. According to the airport, China Eastern initially will operate four flights weekly, then move to daily service beginning Jan. 16.
Air New Zealand already serves the Auckland-Shanghai route.
Industry Changes Spur Transition For SkyWest 
SkyWest, the U.S.’s largest regional carrier, keeps its focus on adapting to partners’ needs.
Opinion: Qantas Raises Stakes In Transpacific Competition 
When a Qantas A380 landed at Dallas/Fort Worth for the first time, it marked the latest escalation in the hotly contested market between North America and Australasia.
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