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 Needs Stronger Airport Oversight, IATA Says 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling for Vietnamese authorities to ensure there is appropriate regulatory structure in place to oversee an expected wave of airport construction and privatization.

Report Raises Possibility Of ANA-Skymark Link 
A report from a prominent airline analyst group claims that All Nippon Airways is interested in investing in troubled Skymark Airlines, and as part of the deal would take over Skymark’s canceled Airbus A380 orders.
Overhaul Plan Details Sweeping Changes For Malaysia Airlines 
A government-backed reorganization plan will inject RM6 billion ($1.9 billion) into Malaysia Airlines in an effort to restore the troubled carrier to profitability by the end of 2017, with almost a third of its workforce to be laid off and its network redesigned.
Virgin Australia Sells Stake In Frequent Flyer Program 

Virgin Australia is selling a minority share of its frequent flyer business to a prominent Asia-Pacific investment group in a move that will yield A$336 million ($314.1 million) for the airline.

The carrier announced the sale on the same day that it reported a net loss of $A355.6 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Just a day earlier, rival Qantas revealed its decision to not sell a partial stake in its own frequent flyer program after carefully considering such a step.

MAS Records Deep Q2 Loss, Predicts Worse To Come 
The airline’s net loss for the second quarter was RM307 million (U.S.$97.5 million), following a first-quarter loss of RM443 million. Combined, the first-half deficit was 65% higher than in the same period in 2013. The losses of Flight 370 (MH370) and MH17 are expected to affect the airline’s finances even more in the second half of the year.
JAL Turns To Mitsubishi, Embraer For New Regional Jets 
Japan Airlines has signed a letter of intent for 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets which will eventually form the backbone of its domestic regional jet fleet, and has also placed an order with Embraer to cover its more immediate fleet replacement needs
Qantas Creates Holding Structure After Hefty Loss 
Following a record loss of A$2.8 billion ($2.6 billion), Qantas is making major changes to its corporate structure that allow it to find new foreign shareholders for its international business more easily.
Malaysian To Reveal Details Of Restructuring Plan 
While beleaguered Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is preparing a restructuring plan that is likely to include staff cuts, the carrier is downplaying concerns that it is already experiencing an exodus of cabin crew due to morale issues.
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