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
Air NZ Continues International, Domestic Fleet Transitions 
Air New Zealand is introducing Boeing 787-9s to more international routes thanks to a second wave of deliveries, while in its narrowbody fleet, the airline will soon phase out the last of its 737s.
Air NZ Pioneers Customer Service Technology 
Among the systems being developed and trialed for operational use by the end of the year are biometric identification for automated bag drop and a paperless information-processing and tracking system for unaccompanied minors.
Record Profit Strengthens Air New Zealand 
The carrier has reported a record net profit of NZ$327 million (U.S. $212 million) for its fiscal year through June 30, representing a fourth year of earnings growth.
AirAsia X Airbus A330
AirAsia X Cuts Fleet Growth Plans Again 
AirAsia X is one of the leading proponents of the long-haul, low-cost business model, but the airline has struggled to make it profitable.
Strong Rebound Enables Qantas 787-9 Orders  1
Australian carrier confirms aircraft purchases after reporting dramatic earnings turnaround.
Jetstar Airbus A320
Qantas, JAL Increase Investment In Jetstar Japan 
Each parent carrier has committed to investing another ¥5 billion ($42 million) into Jetstar Japan.
Qantas 747-400
Qantas, China Eastern Win Joint-Venture Approval 
Australia’s competition watchdog has approved a closer partnership between Qantas and China Eastern Airlines, reversing an earlier draft ruling that denied the application.
Qantas Finally Confirms Boeing 787-9 Orders 
The carrier has placed an initial order for eight 787-9s: Four of the aircraft will be delivered in its fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, and the other four will join the fleet in 2018.
AirAsia Associate Carriers Lift Performance 
AirAsia saw its share of earnings from its associates increase during the quarter, mainly from the stronger performance of its Thai franchise.
Profits Spur Expansion For Fiji Airways 

Fiji Airways is preparing to expand its long-haul network as the carrier’s recent restructuring continues to yield strong financial results. 

In a first-half earnings report, Fiji Airways executives said the carrier is “working hard to finalize a new long-haul route.” While the destination is not yet being revealed, former CEO Stefan Pichler previously indicated the carrier was considering Asian markets such as mainland China and Japan (Aviation Daily, Feb. 24).

Cathay Boosts Profits Despite Yield, Cargo Pressures 

Cathay Pacific is benefiting from strong demand across most of its international network, although it also faces headaches from declining yields and a slowdown in cargo markets. 

The carrier reported a dramatic improvement in profit for the six months through June 30. While this was partly due to healthy economy class traffic, it was also boosted by other factors, including declining fuel costs and improvements by subsidiaries and companies in which Cathay holds stakes, such as Air China.

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AirAsia X Predicts Second-Half Recovery 

AirAsia X blames a string of setbacks in various markets for a bleak second-quarter performance, although it remains confident that it can achieve a turnaround in the second half of the year.

Qantas Sells Sydney Airport Lease Back To Operator 

Sydney Airport has struck a deal with Qantas to buy back the lease on one of the main terminal buildings, which will give the airport more flexibility in its redevelopment plans.

Qantas currently has a lease on Terminal 3 through 2019, but the airport will pay A$535 million (U.S.$392 million) to end the arrangement this year. Under the deal, Qantas will continue to use the entire terminal for its domestic operations until 2019, and will occupy most of the facility from 2019 to 2025. The airline will pay usage fees in the same way as other airline tenants.

 

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