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.

Thai Airways Declines Additional Nok Investment 
Thai Airways has decided not to invest more money in LCC Nok Air as part of Nok’s recapitalization process.
Alaska Air Defends Capacity-Growth Plans 
While Alaska Air Group’s capacity is expected to surge this year, this growth rate is unlikely to be as high in subsequent years, according to Alaska executives.
Virgin Australia’s Samoan Joint Venture Faces Split 
Samoan termination of a JV with Virgin Australia could open the door for the resumption of international flights by Polynesian Airlines.
AirAsia X Clings To Profitability 
AirAsia X has suffered a steep drop in profit for the first quarter, although it was quick to point out that it still performed better than some major Asian airlines.
Cathay Details Sweeping Management Cuts 
Cathay Pacific has followed through on its plan to slash management staff by announcing it will cut about 600 staff positions at its headquarters.
SIA Brings Cargo Carrier Back Under Its Wing 
SIA Cargo is currently a wholly-owned subsidiary, but will become the cargo division of SIA in the first half of 2018.
SIA Annual Profit Shrinks After Q4 Loss 
Deteriorating financial performance by the mainline parent carrier is the major culprit for a significant slide in profits for the Singapore Airlines Group.
Australian Regulator Reverses Virgin Charter Ruling
Australia’s competition watchdog has approved a partnership between Virgin Australia and Alliance Airlines covering charter operations, reversing its earlier tentative rejection of the deal.
Alaska Named As First Carrier For Paine Field 
Alaska Airlines has revealed plans to serve a second Seattle-area airport by launching flights in 2018 from Paine Field Airport in Everett, Washington.
China Study Highlights Widebody Order Shortfall 
Widebody aircraft orders by Chinese airlines fall considerably short of the level required to meet demand over the next 10 years, according to a new study by lessor Avolon.
Hong Kong Looks To Lure Aircraft Lessors 
New financial incentives and links to mainland China will be key to establishing Hong Kong as an aircraft leasing hub.
AirAsia (China) Pieces Fall Into Place 
AirAsia has agreed with Chinese partners to set up a local franchisee airline that the Malaysian group said is the final piece in its business puzzle.
Experts See Longer-Term Threats To Airline Profitability 
While the immediate outlook for the airline industry remains promising, influential industry observers say that warning signs are evident.
Mergers, Growth Predicted For Second-Tier Lessors 
The recent trend of consolidation will likely continue, said Barry Flannery, CFO of lessor SMBC Aviation Capital, during a panel discussion at the ISTAT Asia conference in Hong Kong.
Nok Air Shifts Emphasis To International Ops 
Nok has eight 737 MAX aircraft on order, with four to be delivered in 2018 and four in 2019.
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