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.

MAB Eyes Widebody Order In First Half Of 2017 
Malaysia Airlines Berhad is moving closer to an order for new widebody aircraft, according to CEO Peter Bellew.
Virgin Australia Extends Coverage Of Mainland China 
Virgin Australia’s launch of a flight to Hong Kong will also dramatically expand its network on the Chinese mainland, thanks to its prospective partnership with China’s HNA Group.
Alaska Airlines To Retire Virgin America Brand By 2019 
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson described the announcement as “a sad (and some would say baffling) day.”
Garuda Indonesia Continues Fleet-Refresh Efforts 
Garuda Indonesia plans to slightly increase its group fleet to 199 aircraft this year, as its mainline total remains flat and subsidiary Citilink grows its fleet.
Asian MRO Growth Raises Fears Of Oversupply 
Rapid expansion could result in excess capacity for Asian MROs. Other challenges include finding skilled personnel, pressure from OEMs and new aircraft types.
Growing MRO Capability Prioritized By South Korea 
The South Korean government is focused on growing the local MRO industry, while Incheon Airport plans a major new maintenance complex.
Rex Grounds Six Saab 340s After Propeller Incident
Loss of a propeller inflight prompts Australian carrier to ground Saab 340 fleet for inspections.
Virgin Australia Unveils First Hong Kong Service 
Virgin also plans to introduce a flight to the Chinese mainland, although it has not confirmed when.
Rex Saab 340.
Rex Grounds Six Saab 340s After Propeller Incident 
The propeller on a Saab 340 separated from the engine March 17 while the aircraft was on approach to Sydney Airport.
Virgin Australia–HNA Alliance Gains Interim Approval 
Virgin Australia has said the partnership will allow it to launch flights to Hong Kong and, later, to China, in cooperation with HNA carriers.
Cathay Pacific Planning Major HQ Reductions 
The airline told its employees the cuts will apply to middle and senior management levels at its Hong Kong headquarters. It is not yet known how many positions will be lost.
HNA Group To Invest In Asiana Parent

China’s HNA Group has further expanded its influence in Asian aviation by agreeing to invest in Asiana Airlines’ parent Kumho Holdings.

Kumho sold HNA 160 billion won ($140 million) in bonds with a warrant to buy shares, the Korean company said in a regulatory filing. The proceeds of the sale will be used to refinance maturing debt and for operational purposes.

Australasian Carriers Identify Potential Biofuel Suppliers 
Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia have selected a shortlist of about six companies that could potentially provide biofuel for the carriers’ fleets.
HNA Group Investing In Asiana Parent 
China’s HNA Group has further expanded its influence in Asian aviation by agreeing to invest in Asiana Airlines’ South Korean parent, Kumho Holdings.
Alaska Air Reveals More California Growth 
The airline expects to have 40 daily flights to 28 destinations from San Diego by late August.
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