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.

Hong Kong Government Steps Into Cathay Dispute 

Cathay Pacific and its flight attendant union are set to return to negotiations, as the government has stepped in to attempt to resolve their dispute and avoid a strike during the summer travel season. Hong Kong’s Labor Department is arranging meetings between the parties in the next few weeks, after the Secretary of Labor urged the two sides to exercise restraint and resume talks. The union has been protesting pay-rate rules for junior employees, certain layover allowances, and changes to the wording of company policy regarding legal assistance.

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Cathay Wants Further Talks With Attendants Union 
The union attracted significant publicity through mass protests at Hong Kong International Airport this week, accusing the airline of ignoring its demands.
Scoot To Open New Destinations With 787s 
While Scoot has already begun replacing its Boeing 777s with 787-9s on existing routes, it has not yet used the new aircraft to open new markets.
PAL Expands Australasian Network With New Zealand Route 
Cairns will be PAL’s fifth Australian destination. Both PAL and its local rival, Cebu Pacific, regard Australia as a key market, with Cebu lobbying to expand bilateral air rights between the two countries.
Profits Down For Asian Airline Industry, AAPA Says 

Asia-Pacific airlines collectively achieved breakeven in terms of net earnings for 2014, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). This was down from a combined net profit of $2.2 billion in 2013. Increased passenger demand more than offset a decline in yields, though capacity growth still outpaced growth in demand. Another negative factor was the strengthening U.S. dollar versus local currencies. Fuel costs declined by 1.1%, and operating margin dropped by 0.7 points to 1.6%. AAPA statistics measure 26 carriers in the Asia-Pacific region.

State Bank Emerges As Potential Skymark Investor 
According to local media reports, the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) and the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. are negotiating to take a combined 33.4% share in Skymark.
Aviation Week Airline Rankings Highlight Narrowbody Advantage 
Japan Airlines is the highest-scoring in Aviation Week’s Top-Performing Airlines rankings, with narrowbody operators also featuring prominently in the top 10.
JAL Leads Airline Rankings, Smaller Carriers Also Shine 
JAL’s score of 75.5, out of a possible 99, is the highest in the large-carrier category, as well as the top score across all three size categories.
SIA Capacity To Remain Flat Despite New Deliveries 
SIA expects a fleet size of 106 aircraft by the end of its fiscal year on March 31, just one more than its total at the end of March 2015.
Streamlined Fleet Aids Thai Airways Turnaround 
Thai reported a solid first-quarter profit this year, which it attributed to its recovery plan and an increase in demand.
Qantas Slashes Costs To Meet Transformation Targets 
During a presentation to analysts, the carrier outlined details showing its ambitious plan to slice A$2 billion ($1.6 billion) in costs is firmly on track.
Australian Industry Group Calls For Passenger Fee Cuts 

A major Australian transport lobby group is urging the government to reduce passenger taxes in its next federal budget, which is due to be released May 12. The Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) says the A$55 (U.S.$43.48) Passenger Movement Charge is levied on every outbound passenger, regardless of the distance they are flying. It represents “the highest travel charge in the developed world” for short-haul trips, the TTF says.

Cebu Rebrands Tigerair Philippines Subsidiary 
Philippines low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific has taken another important step in the integration of its Tigerair Philippines subsidiary, rebranding it Cebgo.
AirAsia X May Switch A350 Orders For A330neos 
The carrier is exploring whether to switch its A350 orders, although no decision has been made, a spokesman for the carrier has said.
Special Topics
May 22, 2015

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May 18, 2015

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May 15, 2015

Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

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May 11, 2015

NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

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May 10, 2015

Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery Of Newest 737-800

Ethiopian Airlines' fleet renewal and growth continued this week with the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle. Routing through Washington-Dulles and then Dublin, Ireland, the latest 737NG is Ethiopian's 16th. Since 2010, the East African carrier has taken delivery of 25 Boeing 737/777/787s as well as 13 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 regional turbo aircraft. One of the fastest-growing and most modern of African airlines, Ethiopian also has a burgeoning MRO business....More

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