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
ANA’s Latest Moves Will Boost Transpacific Flow, Kunugi Says 
The Houston-Tokyo Narita route—announced in December and launching June 12—will increase ANA’s passenger feed from the southern U.S. and South and Central American markets, newly appointed ANA Senior Vice President-Americas Hideki Kunugi said.
Houston Route To Open New Long-Haul Markets For Air NZ 
The carrier has long signaled its intention to add a third direct route to the U.S. mainland, and it was believed that Chicago and Houston were the lead contenders.
Southwest’s Dallas Demand Keeps Pace With Growth 
The carrier is achieving load factors of 80-90% on its new flights from Dallas Love Field, which is higher than its system average, Southwest Vice President-Network Planning Andrew Watterson says.
Investments In Freight Pay Off For Cathay Pacific 
Cathay Pacific is well-positioned for rebounding cargo markets, using its Hong Kong hub and new fleet types to improve connectivity and efficiency.
Hong Kong Hub Boosts Cathay’s Cargo Business 
New Hong Kong cargo terminal gives Cathy Pacific greater capacity and improved competitive position in the Asian cargo market
Multi-Prong Model Key To Cathay Success, CEO Says
Cathay Pacific is relying on a broad array of strategic advantages to defend itself against LCCs and other competitive threats.
Air Asia Affiliates Target IPOs 

AirAsia’s Indonesian and Philippine affiliates plan to list their shares through initial public offerings (IPOs), AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes confirmed via social media. He did not detail the target dates for the IPOs, saying they are dependent upon approval from the carriers’ respective boards. AirAsia Indonesia has previously planned an IPO, but the effort was shelved. 

EDTO Certification Opens Honolulu Route For Cebu 
The airline received certification from Philippine regulators for EDTO up to 120 min. from diversion airfields. This will enable fuel savings and reduced flight time on some routes served by Cebu’s Airbus A330 fleet.
Air New Zealand Contracts For A320 Maintenance 
Under the agreement, Air New Zealand will conduct some maintenance, on behalf of the AJW Group, for line-replaceable units on Tigerair’s Airbus A320s.
Cathay Cargo Hub Targets Volume, Efficiency Gains 
Although Cathay Pacific’s new Hong Kong cargo terminal still operates well-below its potential capacity, it expects to see significant gains in volume this year.
AirAsia X Targets Hawaii, Europe Flights By Year-End 
This week, the carrier filed an application with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) to launch a one-stop service to Honolulu, and executives also said they are moving ahead with efforts to fly to an unnamed European destination.
Japan Agreement Unlikely To Help Thai AirAsia X 
Japan is among a handful of countries that have imposed limits upon new services by Thai carriers, due to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) concerns over Thailand’s aviation-safety oversight.
SIA Denies Interest In Hong Kong Airlines Stake 
Speculation grew that SIA was in preliminary discussions to buy a stake in HKA, after some media reports cited sources close to the negotiations.
Cathay Targets Cargo Growth Via Freighters And Belly Space
Cathay will grow its overall cargo capacity by about 10% this year, with a similar increase in both its dedicated freighters and in the belly capacity of its passenger fleet, Cathay Pacific Director-Cargo James Woodrow told Aviation Daily.
 
Blogs
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015
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Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 3

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015
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NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 16

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015
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Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015
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Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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