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.

Skymark Investors Outline Ownership Structure 
The owners will be investment company Integral Corp., All Nippon Airways (ANA) parent ANA Holdings, and the UDS Airlines Investment Ltd. UDS is a fund jointly created by the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) and the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. (SMBC).
Tentative Deal For Cathay Attendants 

Cathay Pacific has reached a tentative agreement with its flight attendant union that would prevent potential strikes during the summer-travel period. The union and the airline have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) after negotiations overseen by Hong Kong’s labor department. Flight attendants have been protesting over concerns about pay structure, overseas allowances and changes to legal protection policy wording.


AirAsia Predicts Turnaround For Overseas Affiliates 
Group CEO Tony Fernandes says his focus for 2015 is “turning around [the two affiliates] and the recovery of debt” from these carriers. He has set a goal for Indonesia AirAsia (IAA) to be profitable by the second half of the year, and for Philippine AirAsia (PAA) to break even by the fourth quarter.
Australian Traffic Crucial For New Air NZ Route 
The airline estimates that connections from its Australian network will contribute at least as much revenue as New Zealand-originating passengers on its Auckland-Buenos Aires flight, due to launch in December.
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.
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