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.

United Move Spurs Virgin Australia To Cut Melbourne-L.A. Flights 
Virgin Australia is axing its secondary trans-Pacific gateway in Melbourne, a move that appears to be in large part driven by United Airlines’ entry into the Melbourne market with Boeing 787-9 flights.
Carbon Tax Repeal Will Cut Australian Airline Costs 

Australian airlines are set to save hundreds of millions of dollars annually due to the Australian government’s repeal of a carbon emissions tax.

The repeal, passed by the senate on July 17, was one of the central campaign promises of the Liberal-National Coalition leading up to the September 2012 election that it won. Australia will become one of very few countries-–if not the first-–-to axe an emissions tax.

Japanese Majors Want More Growth At Tokyo Airports 
ANA highlights need for long-term airport moves in Tokyo
Fiji Airways Profit Up Following Brand, Fleet Overhaul 
The airline reported an operating profit of FJ$17.2 million ($9.4 million), excluding special items, for the six months through the end of June. This was a substantial improvement from the FJ$0.5 million profit in the same period a year earlier.
Air New Zealand Highlights Range Advantage Of A321neo 

The greater range and efficiency of the Airbus A321neo has made it feasible to operate larger narrowbodies between New Zealand and Australia, says an Air New Zealand senior executive.

The airline is due to take at least three A321neos as part of an order for 13 Airbus narrowbody aircraft that it placed last month, with the remainder primarily A320neos. These types will replace the current fleet of A320s that Air New Zealand uses on short-haul international flights to the Pacific Islands and Australian east coast cities.

Compromise Will Loosen Qantas Ownership Restrictions 
The compromise would scrap a clause in the 1992 Qantas Sale Act that limits foreign airlines to a collective 35% shareholding, and another clause that restricts a single overseas owner to no more than 25%.
Airlines Singing Praises Of 787 20
Operators see improving 787 reliability and better fuel burn after rough start
Final Flight Tests Begin For GE Version Of 787-9 

SEATTLE – Following first delivery of the Rolls-Royce-powered Boeing 787-9, the airframer is now moving into the last part of the flight test program for the GE-powered version of the -9.

While there have been as many as five aircraft in the 787 certification program, there is now only one. This aircraft will “very shortly” begin extended range twin operations (ETOPs) and function and reliability (F&R) test flights, says Boeing VP of 787 Airplane Development Mark Jenks.

Final Flight Tests Begin For GE Version Of 787-9 
Following first delivery of the Rolls-Royce-powered Boeing 787-9, the plane maker is now moving into the last part of the flight test program for the GE-powered version of the -9.
Air New Zealand To Debut 787-9 On Sydney Flights 
Air New Zealand expects to begin operating its first Boeing 787-9 on revenue flights to Sydney in early August, after the carrier completes additional proving flights and staff training for the new aircraft type.
More Maintenance Jobs Axed In Qantas Cost-Cutting Effort 

Qantas is laying off another 167 staff from its engineering department, the latest step in the airline’s plan to cut 5,000 positions from its workforce within three years.

The carrier says it has already cut 2,200 employees through the end of June, and expects to lay off another 1,800 by the end of June 2015. The overall target of 5,000 was announced in February, as the airline looks to trim A$2 billion ($1.9 billion) in costs over three years to stem rising losses.

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