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.

Philippine Carriers' Profits Soar 

The two major carriers in the Philippines have both recorded strong increases in net profits for the first half of the year, although Philippine Airlines (PAL) improved the most and overtook its LCC rival Cebu Pacific. 

Cebu this week posted a net profit of 5.2 billion Philippine pesos ($53.98 million) for the six months through June 30, up by 64% over the same period last year. However, it was below the P5.9 billion profit predicted by PAL in a recent stock exchange filing.

No Survivors In Indonesian ATR 42 Crash 

Search and rescue personnel have reached the wreckage of an ATR 42 aircraft that crashed in mountainous terrain in the Papua region of Indonesia on Aug. 16.

Fleet Upgrade Broadens Royal Brunei’s Options 
Southeast Asian carrier moves past its restructuring and looks to grow with new Airbus 320neos
Probable ATR 42 Crash Site Identified  2
Wreckage believed to be from a missing ATR 42 aircraft has been located in mountainous terrain in the Papua region of Indonesia, on the island of New Guinea.
Search Suspended For Lost Indonesian Turboprop

Indonesian authorities have temporarily called off the search for an ATR 42 that is missing over the country’s Papua region, on the island of New Guinea.

International Focus Boosts Thai AirAsia 
Thai AirAsia (TAA) appears to be outperforming the country’s other LCCs, thanks to its greater exposure to the rebounding international tourist market.
Earnings Plummet For Korean Air 
Korean Air saw a dramatic reversal in its first-half results, hit by softer demand due to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) scare and currency weakness.
SIA Pulls Out Of Jeju Air Talks 
SIA confirmed in March that it had entered talks regarding a possible equity investment in the Korean LCC.
Airport Authority Refutes AirAsia Complaints 
According to analysis by Malaysia Airports, “there has been no occasion where flight operations were disrupted due to [pavement and stabilization] works” near the KLIA2 terminal from which AirAsia operates.
Cargo Decline Inflates Thai Airways Loss 
Some other major Asian carriers have also seen cargo yields and load factors drop in the second quarter, a worrying sign in a region where cargo is a relatively large part of airline operations.
Contract To Be Offered For Second Sydney Airport 
Following the recent completion of formal consultations with Sydney Airport Corporation, the government will issue a notice of intention—essentially a contract proposal—covering the development and operation of the new facility to be located west of Sydney.
Royal Brunei To Expand In China Via Codeshare 
Royal Brunei already serves Shanghai—China Eastern’s hub—and Hong Kong in the Chinese market.
Regulators Block Qantas’s Asian Ambitions  3
The Australian carrier sees huge growth potential in Asian markets but is having trouble getting its expansion plans approved by governments.
Hawaiian Considers New International Route 
This expansion will be enabled by the arrival of a leased Airbus A330-200 next June, which will be the 23rd of this aircraft type to join the Hawaiian fleet.
Virgin Australia Switches International Routes To Tigerair 
Under the plan, on March 22 Virgin Australia will withdraw from its routes between Bali, Indonesia, and Australian cities Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.

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