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 Launches New Bid For Kona-Haneda Approval 
The carrier has filed an application with the U.S. Transportation Dept. (DOT) for a daily Kona-Haneda flight to begin in June.
Air New Zealand Looks Back
Air New Zealand celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2015, and the country’s national museum in Wellington is marking the occasion with a major exhibition on the airline’s story.
Crash Repercussions May Nullify Indonesia AirAsia's Turnaround 2
The threat of regulatory penalties could be a further serious blow to Indonesia AirAsia, in addition to the brand damage that is likely to result from the loss of flight QZ8501.
Rational Expansion Key For Asia-Pacific Airlines 

The growth potential in many Asia-Pacific markets offers airlines an opportunity unrivaled in any other global region. However, carriers here are also facing the fact that to tap into the expected bonanza, they must remain financially viable in the short term.

This is one of the challenges facing most Asian airlines in 2015—growing sufficiently to ensure they can grab their share of the action without creating capacity oversupply. Market data show that the balance tipped too far toward supply in 2014, and now a readjustment is needed.

Search Continues For Lost Indonesia AirAsia A320 1

Search and rescue operations have been launched to find an Indonesia AirAsia aircraft that is missing after losing contact with air traffic controllers early on Dec. 28.

The Airbus A320 was flying from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore, and lost contact at 7:24 a.m. local time. The search for the aircraft is being conducted under the guidance of Indonesia’s Civil Aviation Authority.

Air New Zealand Targets South American Transit Traffic 

Air New Zealand can make its Auckland base a major connecting hub for traffic from Australia and Southeast Asia to South America, the airline’s CEO Christopher Luxon says.

These connecting opportunities will be opened up when Air New Zealand launches its first service to South America in December 2015—a flight from Auckland to Buenos Aires. Due to New Zealand’s geographical position, linking certain other Pacific Rim markets to South America is one of the few transit flows that is viable for Air New Zealand.

Hawaiian Finalizes A330neo Order 

Hawaiian Airlines has finalized its agreement to order six Airbus A330-800neo aircraft, and has also struck an engine and maintenance deal with Rolls-Royce.

The carrier signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) relating to the aircraft with Airbus in July, and has now placed a firm order. The A330neo deal replaces an order for six A350-800s, which Hawaiian agreed to cancel when Airbus wanted to shelve that version of the A350.

Air NZ Targets South American Transit Traffic 
Air New Zealand can make its Auckland base a major connecting hub for traffic from Australia and Southeast Asia to South America, the airline’s CEO Christopher Luxon says.
Hawaiian Finalizes A330neo Order 
Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed an earlier agreement to order six Airbus A330-800neo aircraft, and has also struck an engine and maintenance deal with Rolls-Royce.
Australian Authorities Challenge Cargo Cartel Dismissal 

Australia’s competition watchdog is appealing a court’s dismissal of cartel allegations leveled at Garuda Indonesia and Air New Zealand.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has lodged a notice of appeal against a Federal Court decision in October, which ruled against ACCC largely on jurisdictional grounds. Several other airlines were involved in the case brought by the ACCC, but they agreed to settlements involving hefty penalties. Garuda and Air New Zealand were the only airlines still contesting the charges at the time of dismissal. 

Australian Authorities Challenge Cargo Cartel Dismissal 
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has lodged a notice of appeal against a Federal Court decision in October, which ruled against ACCC largely on jurisdictional grounds.
Jetstar Continues New Zealand Growth With New Flight 
The Australian-based carrier plans to begin four weekly flights between Melbourne and Wellington from March 30.
Virgin Australia Upgrades New Zealand-Australia Fleet 

Virgin Australia is installing a business-class section in the aircraft it flies between Australia and New Zealand, which will complete the rollout of the premium product across all of the group’s mainline fleet.

The upgrade will apply to the 10 Boeing 737-800s in Virgin’s New Zealand-based unit. These aircraft are used for all flights between the two countries, as well as for flights serving the Pacific Islands. 

 
Blogs
Jan 26, 2015
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New Photos: Chilled Lightning 3

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Jan 26, 2015
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Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 3

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015
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When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015
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10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015
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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More
Jan 21, 2015
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Peru Goes Dutch For SAR Helicopters

Peru will buy three used AB-412 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters from the Netherlands, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert informed parliament Jan. 19....More
Jan 20, 2015
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Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

It was not a long weekend like it was in the States, but I felt the presence of the Belgian army on the streets of Brussels Jan. 17 when I saw a Light Multirole Vehicle bristling with antennas turn the corner on Rue Royale and drive past the parliament....More
Jan 20, 2015
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RNLAF F-35s Go To Edwards Air Force Base

Two Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35s flew to Edwards Air Force Base Jan. 16 for the operational test and evaluation phase....More

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