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
Japan Agreement Unlikely To Help Thai AirAsia X 
Japan is among a handful of countries that have imposed limits upon new services by Thai carriers, due to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) concerns over Thailand’s aviation-safety oversight.
SIA Denies Interest In Hong Kong Airlines Stake 
Speculation grew that SIA was in preliminary discussions to buy a stake in HKA, after some media reports cited sources close to the negotiations.
Cathay Targets Cargo Growth Via Freighters And Belly Space
Cathay will grow its overall cargo capacity by about 10% this year, with a similar increase in both its dedicated freighters and in the belly capacity of its passenger fleet, Cathay Pacific Director-Cargo James Woodrow told Aviation Daily.
Chinese Partners Are Key For Australasian Airlines 
Australian and New Zealand carriers want to tap into the burgeoning services from China by forming alliances with their Chinese counterparts, although regulators are impeding some efforts.
Qantas Gains Contract Approval From Jetstar Labor Groups 
Jetstar’s domestic pilots and a group of airport and headquarters staff became the latest to vote in favor of new contracts. The pilot ballot was particularly significant, as the group emphatically rejected a contract proposal in December.
Australian Airlines Agree To Change Cockpit Policies 
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told reporters that the government has been in discussion with airlines for the past few days about the response to the crash of Germanwings flight 9525, which is believed to have been a deliberate act by its co-pilot (Aviation Daily, March 27).
Cebu To Keep Fleet Growth In Check Through 2016 
After a period of growth in 2014, Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific plans to keep its fleet numbers relatively flat over the next two years as sales of its Airbus A319s offset new deliveries.
 
The carrier has 55 aircraft in its fleet as of March 27, and it will not exceed this number through the end of 2016, the carrier says in its latest earnings report. For the remainder of this year, it is due to receive two more Airbus A320s, while two A319s will leave the fleet.
Competition Watchdog Opposes Qantas-China Eastern Deal 
In an interim decision released this week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it intends to deny an application from the two airlines to expand their existing codeshare agreement. The carriers want to coordinate more broadly on routes, pricing and scheduling between Australia and China.
Air NZ, Air China Outline Partnership Proposal 
The airlines are applying to revenue-share on routes from Shanghai and Beijing to Auckland.
Orders Expand Cathay’s Strategic Flexibility, Chu Says 
New widebody types due to begin arriving next year will help Cathay Pacific boost its European network, as well as allowing the carrier to pursue either fleet replacement or growth depending on market conditions.
Cathay Pushes For Airport To Self-Fund Runway
Cathay Pacific executives stress that while a new runway is vital for Hong Kong International Airport, raising user fees to pay for construction could be detrimental to the airport’s competitiveness versus other hubs.
Expansion Plans Gain Momentum At Changi, Hong Kong Hubs 
Governments in Singapore and Hong Kong are throwing their weight behind major airport expansions.
 
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) 1

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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