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.

Articles
Speedy Financial Recovery Within Reach For Qantas 
CEO Alan Joyce says Qantas is already meeting profitability targets just a few months after reporting massive annual losses. Virgin Australia, meanwhile, is completing its takeover of struggling Tigerair Australia.
International Growth Helps Lift ANA Profits 
The carrier’s parent, ANA Holdings, reported a net profit of ¥35.7 billion ($327.3 million) for its fiscal 2014 first half, up 78.2% from the profit in the same period a year earlier.
Jetstar Pilots To Vote On 18-Month Wage Freeze 
Jetstar negotiated a deal in principle with three unions that cover 900 of its pilots – the Australian Federation of Air Pilots, Australian and International Pilots Association and the Transport Workers Union.
JAL Takes Over Domestic Carrier Hokkaido Air 

Japan Airlines, continuing to strengthen its domestic regional operations, has acquired a majority share in turboprop airline Hokkaido Air (HAC).

JAL boosted its stake in HAC to 51.2%, from 14.5%, enabling it to bring the smaller company into the JAL group as a subsidiary. JAL would neither reveal how much it paid, nor who sold it the additional shares. HAC’s other major owner is the Hokkaido government, which is believed to have been negotiating with JAL about such a deal for months.

Philippine Carriers Boost Presence In Japanese Market 
Japanese flights have been a major focus for Philippine carriers as they expand their international operations.
Tan Seeks Buyout Of PAL Minority Owners 

Business magnate Lucio Tan is looking to further strengthen his grip on Philippine Airlines (PAL) by buying outstanding minority shares, although the carrier’s holding company insists it will remain publicly listed.

PAL Holdings confirms that Tan has issued a voluntary offer—through two of his companies—to buy remaining shares. Tan already controls almost 90% of PAL Holdings, which in turn owns 98% of the airline. He recently grew his ownership in PAL Holdings through purchase of a 47% stake from the San Miguel Corp.

JAL Takes Over Domestic Carrier Hokkaido Air 
JAL boosted its stake in HAC to 51.2%, from 14.5%, enabling it to bring the smaller company into the JAL group as a subsidiary. JAL would neither reveal how much it paid, nor who sold it the additional shares.
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.
Latest Blogs
Oct 30, 2014
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Daylight Reveals Post-Antares Damage At Wallops

NASA’s Wallops Incident Response Team has reported on its initial assessment following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science’s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff on Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia....More
Oct 30, 2014
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Gabon Buys 12 Aravis

Gabon has become the third client for the 4x4 Aravis made by French defence company Nexter, after signing a contract on 29 October to procure 12 of these 12.5 ton heavily armoured vehicles....More
Oct 29, 2014
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Poland and Germany Deepen Army Cooperation

Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen signed a statement of intent to increase Polish-German army cooperation on the fringes of the annual Bundeswehr conference in Berlin on 29 October. German Ministry of Defense photo by Thomas Imo...More
Oct 28, 2014
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Virtual Training

The Euronaval show in Paris this week is not one where one expects to see demonstrations of people wearing strange electronic gadgets and sensors. That is usually reserved for homeland security shows such as Milipol or air-land shows such as Eurosatory....More
Oct 28, 2014
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Turnkey Not Smorgasbord

In the competition for the most futuristic looking vessel at the Euronaval show being held this week in Paris I would put the clear front runner as the Fast Attack Craft on the Saab stand....More

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