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.

ANA Plans Largest Airport Self-Service Baggage System 

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is set to introduce a self-service bag-drop system at Haneda Airport that it says will be the world’s largest when fully installed. The carrier will start the service at its domestic terminal on July 1 with five self-service machines. By year-end it will have a total of 39 machines. This will also be the first self-service baggage system in Japan. The cost of the system is not being revealed. ANA says it will decrease the number of staff-served baggage counters, but some will be retained.

Affiliate Growing Pains Put Heat On AirAsia 
AirAsia’s expanding geographic reach is causing some problems, as the financial challenges of its overseas affiliates burden the parent company.
Australian Border Officials Plan Further Airport Strikes 
Australia’s airport customs and immigration officials are planning a strike on July 1, a move expected to cause significant disruption to international passenger arrivals at major airports.
ANA Plans New Australian Service 


All Nippon Airways (ANA) is looking to reenter the Australian market with a Tokyo Haneda-Sydney flight. 

The airline wants to start the service in the upcoming northern winter season, and if it cannot do it by then, in the summer 2016 schedule. It would probably use a Boeing 767 or 787 for such a flight. ANA last flew this route in 1999. Qantas and Japan Airlines operate flights from Tokyo Narita to Sydney, but Qantas will switch the route to Haneda in August.

Atlas Fleet Expansion Is Bright Spot In Cloudy Global Freight Picture 

Atlas Air’s demand-driven expansion of its freighter fleet underscores the volatility gripping the world cargo market, as positive and negative data points combine to present a picture that changes depending on one’s perspective. 

Japanese Carriers Grow 787 Fleets With -9 Deliveries 
JAL took delivery of the stretched -9 version in early June, and it is scheduled to enter service on its route between Tokyo Narita Airport and Jakarta on July 1.
PAL Considers Adding A321LR, A350 To Orderbook 
PAL President Jaime Bautista recently told local media he was interested in converting some of the airline’s 30 A321neo orders to A321LRs.
Jetstar Hong Kong Denied Regulatory Approval 
After several rounds of hearings and submissions, the Hong Kong Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) said it would not award the required license to Jetstar Hong Kong. The application was filed in June 2013, and while Jetstar and Qantas executives remained optimistic, the chances of approval appeared more remote as the process dragged on.
ICAO Safety Warning Prompts Route Cut By Thai Carrier 
ICAO found oversight problems with Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) during a safety audit earlier this year, and as a result some countries—including Japan— have restricted new service by Thai airlines.
Viljoen Confirmed As Fiji Airways CEO 
The carrier’s previous CEO, Stefan Pichler, departed to lead Air Berlin in February, although he remained as a board member with Fiji Airways. The carrier confirmed it was interviewing three candidates in April, and Viljoen was believed to be one of them.
Airbus To Acquire Air New Zealand MRO Subsidiary 
Safe Air works extensively with military customers, but also performs some MRO work for Air New Zealand as well as for airlines in Australia and elsewhere.
AirAsia Refutes Criticism Of Financial Reporting 
In a strongly worded response, VU Kumar, chairman of AirAsia’s audit committee, said the carrier is “somewhat distressed and peeved to have been accused of corporate-governance abuses and condoning accounting gimmicks.” He was referring to an analyst report by Hong Kong-based GMT Research earlier this month that caused a significant slide in the airline’s share prices.
Virgin Australia Introduces New Cargo Business 
The carrier will establish Virgin Australia Cargo on July 1, meaning it will “actively compete in the domestic and short-haul international cargo market for the first time.” Virgin’s exclusive cargo contract with Toll Group expires on June 30, and Toll has instead signed a contract with Qantas.
Jetstar To Establish Turboprop Fleet For New Regional Flights 
The carrier already flies narrowbody jets between main centers in New Zealand, but it now intends to open routes to some smaller cities with a fleet of Bombardier Q300s.
Thailand Safety Rating May Be Downgraded 
The Thai government has reacted to the ICAO warnings by creating new agencies for aviation regulation and beginning the process of recertifying Thai airlines and reissuing air operator certificates.
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