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.

Vietnam Gains Top FAA Rating; Carriers Now Eligible to Serve U.S. 
FAA has assigned Vietnam’s civil aviation authority a Category 1 safety rating, opening the way for the country’s carriers to begin service to the U.S.
Banks To Take Majority Share In Jet Airways During Bailout 
India’s Jet Airways is seeking shareholder approval of a restructuring plan that will see a consortium of creditor banks become majority owner of the troubled carrier.
Domestic Performance Drives Virgin Australia Profit Hike 
Virgin Australia reported its strongest half-year earnings in more than a decade, thanks to the airline’s restructuring program and surging domestic business.
ANA Steps Up Investment In Fleet And Other Airlines 
All Nippon Airways is taking major steps in its investment strategy by buying a stake in Philippine Airlines and ordering new-generation narrowbodies from Boeing and Airbus.
AirAsia X Plans To Open Fifth Australian Destination 
AirAsia X’s Thai affiliate is launching a route to Brisbane this year, giving the AirAsia X and AirAsia groups five destinations in Australia.
Jet Airways Admits Aircraft Groundings After Lease Defaults 
India’s Jet Airways confirms it has been forced to ground four of its aircraft due to defaults on lessor payments, as the airline continues to work on a bailout plan to address its financial woes.
Cebu Pacific Considering A330neo, 787 For Widebody Order 
Cebu Pacific confirms it has begun the process for deciding on a new widebody aircraft order, a move it has often discussed in recent years.
Qantas Confirms Cancellation Of A380 Orders 
Qantas has finally canceled its remaining eight Airbus A380 orders, after stating for years that it did not intend to take delivery of these aircraft.
Cathay Pacific Pilots Emphatically Reject Contract Offer 
Cathay Pacific’s pilots have voted to reject a tentative contract agreement, dealing a setback to the carrier’s turnaround efforts.
South Korean Startup Air Premia Picks 787-9s; Launch Set For 2020 
South Korean LCC startup Air Premia has decided to base its fleet on Boeing 787-9s; the carrier intends to start operations in September 2020.
Qantas Acquires Stake In Virgin Partner Alliance Airlines 
A move by Qantas to buy a stake in Australian charter and regional carrier Alliance Airlines has raised concerns with rival Virgin Australia, which is a long-standing partner of Alliance.
Jet Airways Denies Aircraft Grounding Reports 
Indian carrier Jet Airways has denied claims that it has had to ground aircraft at the insistence of a lessor.
JAL Raises Fiscal Year Profit Forecast As Fuel Eases 
While higher fuel prices weakened Japan Airlines (JAL) profits for the nine months through Dec. 31, 2018, recent easing in fuel price forecasts have helped prompt the carrier to raise its profit outlook.
Korean Air Estimates 2018 Net Loss, Cites Fuel, Currency Shifts 
Korean Air is estimating a substantial annual loss for 2018, as revenue improvements were outweighed by currency depreciation costs and higher fuel prices.
Vietnam Airlines Grows A321neo Fleet With Leased Aircraft 
Vietnam Airlines is due to receive 12 Airbus A321neos from lessor Air Lease Corp. this year, boosting the carrier’s existing fleet of the type.
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