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 New Zealand Targets South American Transit Traffic 

Air New Zealand can make its Auckland base a major connecting hub for traffic from Australia and Southeast Asia to South America, the airline’s CEO Christopher Luxon says.

These connecting opportunities will be opened up when Air New Zealand launches its first service to South America in December 2015—a flight from Auckland to Buenos Aires. Due to New Zealand’s geographical position, linking certain other Pacific Rim markets to South America is one of the few transit flows that is viable for Air New Zealand.

Hawaiian Finalizes A330neo Order 

Hawaiian Airlines has finalized its agreement to order six Airbus A330-800neo aircraft, and has also struck an engine and maintenance deal with Rolls-Royce.

The carrier signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) relating to the aircraft with Airbus in July, and has now placed a firm order. The A330neo deal replaces an order for six A350-800s, which Hawaiian agreed to cancel when Airbus wanted to shelve that version of the A350.

Air NZ Targets South American Transit Traffic 
Air New Zealand can make its Auckland base a major connecting hub for traffic from Australia and Southeast Asia to South America, the airline’s CEO Christopher Luxon says.
Hawaiian Finalizes A330neo Order 
Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed an earlier agreement to order six Airbus A330-800neo aircraft, and has also struck an engine and maintenance deal with Rolls-Royce.
Australian Authorities Challenge Cargo Cartel Dismissal 

Australia’s competition watchdog is appealing a court’s dismissal of cartel allegations leveled at Garuda Indonesia and Air New Zealand.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has lodged a notice of appeal against a Federal Court decision in October, which ruled against ACCC largely on jurisdictional grounds. Several other airlines were involved in the case brought by the ACCC, but they agreed to settlements involving hefty penalties. Garuda and Air New Zealand were the only airlines still contesting the charges at the time of dismissal. 

Australian Authorities Challenge Cargo Cartel Dismissal 
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has lodged a notice of appeal against a Federal Court decision in October, which ruled against ACCC largely on jurisdictional grounds.
Jetstar Continues New Zealand Growth With New Flight 
The Australian-based carrier plans to begin four weekly flights between Melbourne and Wellington from March 30.
Virgin Australia Upgrades New Zealand-Australia Fleet 

Virgin Australia is installing a business-class section in the aircraft it flies between Australia and New Zealand, which will complete the rollout of the premium product across all of the group’s mainline fleet.

The upgrade will apply to the 10 Boeing 737-800s in Virgin’s New Zealand-based unit. These aircraft are used for all flights between the two countries, as well as for flights serving the Pacific Islands. 

AirAsia X Eyes 2018 Growth Phase With A330neo Order 

AirAsia X has confirmed an order for 55 Airbus A330neos, despite the fact that it is reducing its short-term fleet expansion.

The new firm order follows a memorandum of understanding (MOU) announced during the July 2014 Farnborough International Airshow. The MOU covered 50 A330neos, and AirAsia X has added another five aircraft. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2018.

PAL, Cebu Oppose New Round Of Negotiations With UAE 

Philippine carriers are urging the country’s aviation regulators not to negotiate additional air-service rights for the airlines of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific—usually rivals—issued a joint statement to “reiterate our appeal against holding a new round of bilateral air negotiations with the United Arab Emirates in the near future.” The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) is due to decide on Dec. 19 whether to begin accelerated air services talks with the UAE. 

Cathay, SIA Face Sluggish North American Demand 
Operational reports for November show load factors slipping for the two airlines, following lackluster economic outlooks described by the airlines during their most-recent earnings updates.
Emirates Adds Another Australian A380 Service 
The airline intends to switch one of its three daily Dubai-Perth flights from Boeing 777-300ERs to the A380, beginning May 1.
ANA, Jetstar Japan Plan International Moves 
Following its dramatic expansion at Tokyo Haneda this year, ANA is preparing for its next wave of international growth from the city’s Narita Airport.
 
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