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.

Airlines Oppose Malaysian Advance-Screening Fee 
Airline industry groups are urging the Malaysian government not to adopt proposals to charge passengers to cover the cost of advance security screening.
Qantas Reveals New Biofuel Initiatives 
Qantas plans to operate its first biofuel trial flight between the U.S. and Australia next year, and the carrier is also supporting the development of biofuel production in Australia.
Dunkerley, Ingram Stress Continuity In Leadership Change 
Although Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley is leaving the carrier in March, there is unlikely to be any change in strategy or direction when airline veteran Peter Ingram takes over.
Cathay Airbus A330
Cathay To Introduce Wi-Fi In A330s, 777s From 2018 
Cathay Pacific is the latest airline to unveil an extensive onboard Wi-Fi deployment plan, as it looks to introduce the service across its widebody fleet.
Korean Air Boeing 777-F.
Korean Air Predicts Gradual Recovery In China 
Korean Air expects to see demand on its China routes start to rebound in the fourth quarter, following a thaw in the political tensions that have severely dented traffic flows between the two countries.
Samoan Government: State Airline Must Make Money 
The government of Samoa stresses the South Pacific country’s state-owned airline must remain financially self-sufficient, as it relaunches international services.
Thai Airways Bounces Back To Post Operating Profit 
Thai Airways’ financials managed to return to an operating profit in the third quarter, although exchange rate deficits and other special items dragged down the carrier’s results to a show heavier net loss.
Qatar Airways Buys Into Cathay Pacific

Qatar Airways has purchased a stake of almost 10% in Cathay Pacific, as the Middle Eastern carrier looks to build its portfolio of airline investments.

Qatar bought 378.2 million Cathay Pacific shares from Kingboard Chemical Holdings Ltd., with the deal valued at HK$5.2 billion ($661.6 million). The transaction closed on Nov. 6.

Hawaii’s Island Air Terminates Operations 
The airline, which entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Oct. 16, said it faced “multi-directional legal attacks [from lessors] which Island Air could no longer combat without additional financing.”
Many Asian Legacy Airlines In Aircraft Order Talks 
While some airlines are close to placing significant orders, others are in the early stages of negotiations.
Aviation Authorities Suspend Hong Kong Express Growth 
Hong Kong regulators have temporarily banned LCC Hong Kong Express from expanding its fleet or network, as the fallout continues from a recent spate of flight disruptions.
Air New Zealand Rolls Out New Freight Tracking System 
Air New Zealand is deploying Bluetooth tracking devices across its cargo network, and the carrier predicts this will make it easier to track and analyze shipment movements.
Virgin Australia Targets More Asian Services In 2018 
Virgin Australia intends to start operating at least one new Asian route next year, as the carrier continues to seek access to slot-constrained airports.
Growth And Competition Accelerate For Asian Airlines 
While Asia-Pacific demand surges, intense competition has prevented yields from matching fuel price rebound.
SIA Boosts Profits As Yields Stabilize 
Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) profitability has improved dramatically, and the carrier sees welcoming signs of yield headaches potentially easing.
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