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
Hawaiian Boosts Peak Capacity With 717 Refit 
The carrier completed the first aircraft in March, and has now refurbished seven of its 18 717s, CEO Mark Dunkerley said during Hawaiian’s first-quarter earnings call. The rest of the fleet is expected to be upgraded by the fourth quarter.
American Targets Efficient Combinations With Initial 787 Routes 
The airline is due to launch 787 service on its Dallas-Chicago route on May 7, before introducing the type on its routes from Dallas to Beijing and Buenos Aires on June 2 and 4, respectively (Aviation Daily, Feb. 11).
ANA Reveals Details Of Skymark Agreement 
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) states that ANA Holdings will be joint sponsor along with Integral Corp., the private-equity company acting as debtor-in-possession (DIP) for Skymark’s restructuring under bankruptcy protection. When Skymark’s shares are eventually relisted, Integral will hold 50.1%, and ANA, up to 19.9%.
DFW Looking For Further International Gains, CEO Says 
DFW is in discussion with a number of international airlines, and by the end of this year, up to two are likely to confirm they will launch service, DFW CEO Sean Donohue told Aviation Daily.
ANA’s Latest Moves Will Boost Transpacific Flow, Kunugi Says 
The Houston-Tokyo Narita route—announced in December and launching June 12—will increase ANA’s passenger feed from the southern U.S. and South and Central American markets, newly appointed ANA Senior Vice President-Americas Hideki Kunugi said.
Houston Route To Open New Long-Haul Markets For Air NZ 
The carrier has long signaled its intention to add a third direct route to the U.S. mainland, and it was believed that Chicago and Houston were the lead contenders.
Southwest’s Dallas Demand Keeps Pace With Growth 
The carrier is achieving load factors of 80-90% on its new flights from Dallas Love Field, which is higher than its system average, Southwest Vice President-Network Planning Andrew Watterson says.
Investments In Freight Pay Off For Cathay Pacific 
Cathay Pacific is well-positioned for rebounding cargo markets, using its Hong Kong hub and new fleet types to improve connectivity and efficiency.
Hong Kong Hub Boosts Cathay’s Cargo Business 
New Hong Kong cargo terminal gives Cathy Pacific greater capacity and improved competitive position in the Asian cargo market
Multi-Prong Model Key To Cathay Success, CEO Says 1
Cathay Pacific is relying on a broad array of strategic advantages to defend itself against LCCs and other competitive threats.
Air Asia Affiliates Target IPOs 

AirAsia’s Indonesian and Philippine affiliates plan to list their shares through initial public offerings (IPOs), AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes confirmed via social media. He did not detail the target dates for the IPOs, saying they are dependent upon approval from the carriers’ respective boards. AirAsia Indonesia has previously planned an IPO, but the effort was shelved. 

EDTO Certification Opens Honolulu Route For Cebu 
The airline received certification from Philippine regulators for EDTO up to 120 min. from diversion airfields. This will enable fuel savings and reduced flight time on some routes served by Cebu’s Airbus A330 fleet.
Air New Zealand Contracts For A320 Maintenance 
Under the agreement, Air New Zealand will conduct some maintenance, on behalf of the AJW Group, for line-replaceable units on Tigerair’s Airbus A320s.
Cathay Cargo Hub Targets Volume, Efficiency Gains 
Although Cathay Pacific’s new Hong Kong cargo terminal still operates well-below its potential capacity, it expects to see significant gains in volume this year.
AirAsia X Targets Hawaii, Europe Flights By Year-End 
This week, the carrier filed an application with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) to launch a one-stop service to Honolulu, and executives also said they are moving ahead with efforts to fly to an unnamed European destination.
 
Blogs
Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 2

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More

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