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 Tahiti Nui Agrees To Order Boeing 787s 
Boeing and the airline intend to formalize the order soon, and deliveries of the 787s are due to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Qantas Moves Closer To Confirming Boeing 787 Orders 
The carrier has 50 options and purchase rights for 787-9s, and has often stated that certain conditions must be met before these can be exercised.
Air New Zealand Maintains Fleet-Upgrade Momentum 
Air New Zealand is set to make further progress in its fleet-modernization efforts this year, buoyed by another strong financial performance.
AirAsia X Sees Gains From Slowdown 
The airline recorded an operating profit of RM90 million ($24.7 million) for the three months through Dec. 31, its first in at least three quarters.
Healthy Profit Supports Growth For Fiji Airways 
Fiji is analyzing an Asian route, will add a Nadi-Wellington service in June, and will boost frequencies on existing routes with the added capacity, the carrier said in a recent presentation on its 2014 earnings.
ANA Applies To Support Skymark 
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has confirmed it is among the companies seeking to support Japan’s Skymark Airlines as it restructures under bankruptcy protection.
Fernandes Hints At AirAsia X Route Prospects 
Despite AirAsia X’s intentions to slow its growth rate, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes says there are still some long-haul markets that the carrier is either preparing to open or considering.
Skymark Attracts Potential Partners For Restructuring 
Several Japanese companies are applying to help fund Skymark Airlines’ restructuring under bankruptcy protection, although it is still unclear what role the major carriers will have in the turnaround effort.
Jetstar Begins Final Stage Of Boeing 787 Transition 
Jetstar put its eighth 787 into service this week. Three more remain to be delivered during the next seven months.
Drop In Oil Prices Means An Airline Profitability Boost Now, But... 3
From hedging strategies to equipment choices to routes and capacity, the implications of current fuel prices are not as straightforward as one might think.
Virgin Australia Targets International Improvement 
As Virgin Australia has dragged its new acquisition Tigerair Australia to breakeven, the carrier is now looking for ways to address weakness in its international operation.
Japan’s Largest LCCs Invade Each Other’s Hubs 
To grow and improve their financial results, LCCs in Japan must expand into competitors’ hub airports and add international services.
Vanilla Air To Pause Expansion Until FY2016 
The carrier intends to boost its Tokyo Narita-Hong Kong flights from daily to twice-daily frequency beginning Feb. 21, but this may be its last expansion for some time.
SIA Adds More 777s, A330s To Fleet 
This week SIA took delivery of its 24th Boeing 777-300ER, and is due to receive another by the end of March, an airline spokesman says.
Cuts Yield Promising Results For AirAsia Spinoffs 
Although rapid growth has been one of the hallmarks of AirAsia, some of the carriers within the group have been scaling back growth or downsizing, in order to strengthen their bottom lines.
 
Blogs
Mar 2, 2015
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1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015
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U. S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015
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Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015
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France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015
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Inside The Roc's Lair 15

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More

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