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.

AirAsia X Gains DOT Nod For U.S. Service 
AirAsia X has cleared one of the remaining regulatory hurdles to begin service to Hawaii: its first U.S. route.
Air NZ Launches Ambitious Sustainability Plan 
Air New Zealand has unveiled a sustainable development initiative it contends will place it amongst industry leaders on the issue, as well as improve its prospects for long-term business success.
Cebu Courts Offers For Widebody Replacement 
Philippine LCC Cebu Pacific is considering an order for new-generation widebody aircraft to expand the range of its international network, but in the short term it is also likely to boost its Airbus A330 fleet.
Philippine Airlines Nears 787/A350 Choice
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is on track to make a decision by the end of 2015 regarding whether it will order Boeing 787s or Airbus A350s to replace its A340 fleet.
Indonesia Warns That Some Airlines May Lose Licenses 
Minimum fleet size, including minimum aircraft ownership, is one of the regulations already on the books the Ministry of Transport will begin enforcing more strongly.
Malaysia Airlines To Introduce A350s 

Malaysia Airlines (MAB) has signed a deal to lease four Airbus A350-900s from Air Lease Corporation, in its first major fleet move since relaunching as a new company on Sept. 1. The aircraft are due to be delivered between fourth-quarter 2017 and second-quarter 2018. MAB also secured options to lease two Airbus A330neos and two more A350s. The airline has not yet specified which aircraft the A350s will replace. It has A330s, Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-200ERs in its widebody fleet.


Khazanah Satisfied With Malaysia Airlines Progress 
The government-backed arm that owns Malaysia Airlines (MAB) reports the carrier is making good progress with its restructuring plan, and more of the turnaround funding earmarked for the airline is due to be released soon.
Jetstar Gains Approval For First Australia-China Route 
Qantas has been given permission to operate between secondary markets in Australia and China, and the approval paves the way for a proposed Jetstar service to Wuhan, China, from the leisure destination of Gold Coast, located south of Brisbane.
Losses Curtail AirAsia X Growth Plans  1
The Malaysian carrier cuts orders as it struggles to prove the long-haul, low-cost model can be profitable.
Scoot Sunsets 777s, Transitions To All-787 Fleet 
Singapore-based LCC Scoot has completed the phaseout of its Boeing 777-200ER fleet, replacing it with Boeing 787s.
Indonesia Warns It Will Enforce Fleet-Size Rule 
Indonesian authorities are threatening to revoke the operating licenses of eight airlines — including an AirAsia X affiliate — unless they meet minimum fleet-size requirements.
Air New Zealand Readies For Looming Battles 3
Airlines have been given a deadline to meet minimum fleet size requirements as the transportation ministry enforces rules more strictly.
Thai AirAsia Opens New Base With China Flights 
AirAsia’s Thai affiliate has confirmed plans to launch its first flights from Thailand’s U-Tapao International Airport, which is set to become the growing airline’s fifth base.

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