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.

Bellew To Exit Malaysia Airlines, Rejoin Ryanair 
Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) CEO Peter Bellew has decided to leave the carrier after just over a year in the top role in order to return to LCC Ryanair.
Qantas Unveils New Details Of 787 Plans 
Qantas has revealed more about how it will use its initial fleet of eight Boeing 787-9s, including the replacement of additional 747s on transpacific routes and the potential for a new destination.
AirAsia Japan Finally Ready For Takeoff 
AirAsia’s Japanese franchise is planning to launch its first domestic route later this month, and will soon add an international service.
Advanced Procedures Help Tame Mountain Approaches 1
Performance-based navigation and runway improvements are crucial to airline night operations at a New Zealand airport surrounded by mountains.
In the Cockpit With Air New Zealand
Aviation Week had a first-hand look at a required navigation performance departure from Queenstown and an arrival at Auckland. Adrian Schofield, Asia-Pacific air transport editor, rode in the jump seat on the Air New Zealand flight.
RNP Procedures at Queenstown, New Zealand
Asia-Pacific Air Transport Editor Adrian Schofield takes a closer look at some of the challenges to Queenstown night operations, and how they are being addressed with technology in the air and on the ground.
Emirates, Qantas Continue Partnership Reshuffle 
Emirates Airline plans to cut two of its daily Airbus A380 flights from the highly competitive market between Australia and New Zealand, as its partner Qantas increases some of its services on these routes.
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JAL, Aeromexico Forge Partnership Deal 
Japan Airlines (JAL) is looking to boost its access to the Mexican market through a new partnership with Aeromexico, which may also give the latter carrier more Asian connections.
Air NZ Launches Wi-Fi Trial On 777-300ER 
Air New Zealand has begun the first operational trials of its new onboard Wi-Fi service, which eventually will be rolled out across its international jet fleet.
ICAO Removes Thailand From Red Flag List 
Thai officials say the ICAO has removed the country from its “red flag” list, a step which would lead to the relaxation of restrictions placed on Thailand’s airlines by some other countries.
European Cities On Radar For Malaysia Airlines 

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) is considering launching new service to Europe using some of the Airbus A350s the carrier is due to receive next year.

Air New Zealand Seeks Additional Sustainability Gains 
Air New Zealand is introducing new sustainability initiatives, including increasing its use of airport gate power and reusing a wide range of inflight products.
Leadership Change For Hong Kong Express 
Hong Kong Express has replaced CEO Andrew Cowen in the wake of a series of high-profile cancellations that drew scrutiny from regulators.
Airservices Australia Eyes Space-Based Future 
Airservices Australia is looking to Aireon’s space-based ADS-B as the next evolution in air-traffic control surveillance.
Virgin Australia Leads Airport Biofuel Initiative 
Virgin Australia is spearheading an effort to provide biofuel for airlines at one of Australia’s major airports, which could eventually spawn a local jet biofuel industry.
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