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.

Latest TransAsia Crash Report Details Pilot Actions, Training 
The aircraft took off from Taipei’s Songshan Airport on Feb. 4, but crashed into a river 5.4 km from the airport after losing altitude and clipping a road bridge. Of the 58 onboard including crew, 43 suffered fatal injuries.
Qantas Assesses Fallout From Jetstar Hong Kong Ruling 
Assuming the Jetstar Hong Kong joint venture has to be dissolved, the Australian airline will essentially write off a loss of A$10 million (U.S. $7.6 million).
Sydney Airport Negotiates Price Deal With Airlines 
The airport’s latest deal is with the Board of Airline Representatives (BARA), which negotiated on behalf of most of the international airlines that serve Sydney.
Virgin Australia Becomes Latest Airline To Buy Analytics Company 
Virgin Australia has acquired an analytics company to strengthen its frequent flyer unit, the latest step by the three major Australasian airlines to ramp up this crucial sector of their businesses.
Jetstar’s Hong Kong Rebuff Highlights Liberalization Limits 
Hong Kong authorities’ denial of a license for a proposed Jetstar franchise is a setback to the trend of low-cost carriers setting up joint ventures across Asia. Hong Kong authorities’ denial of a license for a proposed Jetstar franchise is a setback to the trend of low-cost carriers setting up joint ventures across Asia.
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  3
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.
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