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.

Hawaiian To Acquire ATR 72s To Launch Freight Service 
The airline intends to purchase three ATR 72s, with service to begin in the first half of 2016. The first two aircraft will come from Canada’s First Air, and are already converted to freight configuration.
Indonesia Restricts New Service By Thai Carriers 
The Indonesian government has informed its Thai counterpart that carriers from Thailand will not be able to add new Indonesia services. This is similar to actions taken by Japan and some other Asian nations, and the FAA is also considering such a move.
Qantas Argues Against Airport Plan To Install ILS 
The Gold Coast Airport intends to install an ILS to increase its severe-weather capability and reduce diversions. However, the airport has run into strong local opposition because the system would require new paths for some flights over urban areas.
Delta, ANA See Opportunity In Skymark Bailout 
Skymark Airlines, currently in bankruptcy protection, is an investment target for Delta and ANA because of its Tokyo Haneda slots
A350/787 Decision Expected This Year, PAL Says 
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is still deciding between the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 as the long-term replacement for its Airbus A340 long-haul fleet, and in the interim will use new Boeing 777s on some A340 routes.
Thai Carrier Boosts Korea Service 

Thai AirAsia X is adding a second daily flight between Bangkok and Seoul in October, indicating that South Korea is allowing some new service by Thai carriers. South Korea was one of the countries to impose restrictions on airlines from Thailand, following ICAO concerns about its safety oversight. Thai AirAsia X says it followed the normal application procedures for the additional flight, and did not require special permission. The airline began its first daily service on this route in June 2014, and says its load factor averages 83%.

SIA, Cathay See Softening Cargo Demand 
Cargo from Cathay’s Southeast Asian network helped fill transpacific flights so the airline did not have to reduce capacity in this market.
MAS May Loan Surplus Pilots To Other Carriers 
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is reportedly looking to temporarily loan some of its pilots to other airlines until planned growth resumes.
ANA Confirms Launch Of Australian Flights 
All Nippon Airways (ANA) will reenter the Australian market this December with a flight to Sydney, and is considering what arrangements it will make with local carriers.
Delta Included As Partner In Rival Skymark Plan 

Delta Air Lines has been named as one of the partners in a consortium proposing an alternative rescue plan for Japan’s Skymark Airlines.

Aircraft lessor Intrepid Aviation, which is heading the bid, confirmed that Delta has been selected as an investor and partner. Industry observers expected Delta to be involved in Intrepid’s Skymark plans, and Delta confirmed in June that it had been approached.

Hawaiian Says Qantas-American Deal Would Stunt Competition 
Hawaiian has built up a significant presence in the Australia and New Zealand markets, with flights from multiple points to Honolulu and one-stop connections to the mainland U.S.
FAA Begins Review Of Thailand’s Air Safety Standards 
A downgrade from Category 1 to Category 2 in the agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program would have major ramifications for Thailand’s international airlines, as it would mean they would not be able to add any services to the U.S. or make changes to existing flights.
Qantas Starts Pilot Vote Again Due To Security Concerns 
The carrier’s long-haul pilots had begun the ballot on July 10 under the control of Elections Australia and were due to conclude this weekend.
AirAsia X Faces Rising Challenge From Malindo Air 
AirAsia X (AAX) is the long-haul affiliate of the AirAsia Group of LCC carriers. It has so far struggled to achieve profits with the long-haul low-cost model, and a reduction in international competition stemming from the MAS capacity cuts is seen as a major boost to its prospects.
Delta Reportedly Part Of Alternative Skymark Bailout Plan 
Citing industry sources, the reports say Delta has offered to acquire a stake of around 20% in Skymark.
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