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
Peach Names Another Hub In Growing Network 
One of Peach’s strategic goals has been to diversify its network by adding hubs outside its main base at Osaka Kansai International Airport.
MH370 Report Highlights Battery-Replacement Lapse 
The battery issue appeared to be the most significant piece of new information in the report issued by the MH370 investigation team a year after the incident as required by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Vietnam Airlines Targets Foreign Investor, Fleet Overhaul 
Vietnam Airlines is preparing for some major changes this year, as it assesses potential strategic partners and plans significant fleet modernization moves.
Air New Zealand Boosts Network With New Aircraft Deliveries 1
This year is shaping up to be another period of major change for Air New Zealand as its fleet update gathers momentum.
Skymark Cites Promising Results From Fleet Reduction 
As Japan’s Skymark Airlines continues to develop its restructuring plans, it appears the carrier’s initial moves following the bankruptcy-protection filing are already yielding improvements.
Peach Plans Expansion For Okinawa Hub 
Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) Peach is continuing its home-market growth by boosting services at its secondary hub in Naha, Okinawa.
Indonesia AirAsia X Wins Approval For Australia Service 
The new AirAsia X franchise in Indonesia has finally gained permission to operate to Australia, with safety regulators granting clearance more than two months after services were scheduled to begin.
Turkish Ends Speculation Over MAS A380 Lease Deal 
While Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is interested in trimming its long-haul fleet, it appears that Turkish Airlines will not be taking any of that carrier’s Airbus A380s for now.
LCCs Want More Access To Singapore-Philippines Market 
Philippine low-cost carriers (LCCs) are pushing for rights to add more flights to Singapore, after the two countries reached a new air services agreement last month.
Virgin Australia Broadens Role Of A330 Fleet 
Virgin Australia is deploying its Airbus A330s on an international route for the first time, and is also introducing the aircraft on its busiest routes in Australia’s east-coast corridor.
Air Tahiti Nui Agrees To Order Boeing 787s 
Boeing and the airline intend to formalize the order soon, and deliveries of the 787s are due to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Qantas Moves Closer To Confirming Boeing 787 Orders 
The carrier has 50 options and purchase rights for 787-9s, and has often stated that certain conditions must be met before these can be exercised.
Air New Zealand Maintains Fleet-Upgrade Momentum 
Air New Zealand is set to make further progress in its fleet-modernization efforts this year, buoyed by another strong financial performance.
AirAsia X Sees Gains From Slowdown 
The airline recorded an operating profit of RM90 million ($24.7 million) for the three months through Dec. 31, its first in at least three quarters.
Healthy Profit Supports Growth For Fiji Airways 
Fiji is analyzing an Asian route, will add a Nadi-Wellington service in June, and will boost frequencies on existing routes with the added capacity, the carrier said in a recent presentation on its 2014 earnings.
 
Blogs
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 4

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015
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NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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