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
AirAsia X May Switch A350 Orders For A330neos 
The carrier is exploring whether to switch its A350 orders, although no decision has been made, a spokesman for the carrier has said.
Asia-Pacific Market Still Vital For A380s, Airbus Says 
Europe-Asia flows are particularly important for future orders of very large aircraft (VLA), including the A380, said Andrew Gordon, Airbus director of strategic marketing and analysis.
Asia-Pacific Market Still Vital For A380s, Airbus Says 
Europe-Asia flows are particularly important for future orders of very large aircraft (VLA), including the A380, said Andrew Gordon, Airbus director of strategic marketing and analysis.
MAS Fleet Plans Still Under Review, CEO Mueller Stresses 
Mueller officially took over his new role on May 1, and has immediately been forced to address media reports that the airline plans to sell its fleet of Airbus A380s.
Cathay Pilot Deal May End Work-To-Rule 
The carrier confirms that the negotiating committees of the company and the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association (HKAOA) have signed the tentative pay deal. However, it must still be ratified by members. Terms have not been disclosed.
Dallas Is Pivotal For Southwest, American Airlines Growth 
Two airline industry heavyweights focus their growth ambitions on the North Texas metroplex area; one eyes domestic expansion, the other branches out internationally.
DFW Is At Midpoint In Terminal Upgrade Effort 
A major terminal refurbishment program at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is progressing well, in spite of a stretched timetable.
More Healthy Profits Likely For Japanese Carriers 
Rising profits seen by ANA are based partly on its international expansion, as it continues its strategy of boosting long-haul flying from its two Tokyo hubs. The airline also is relying on a continuing gradual recovery in the Japanese economy derived from new government policies.
DFW Reaches Midpoint In Terminal-Upgrade Effort 
DFW is juggling the increasing demand for gate availability with the need to sequentially close parts of its terminals for construction, CEO Sean Donohue told Aviation Daily.
Jetstar Gains Funding To Continue Avalon Flights 
Under the deal, Jetstar will continue to fly into Avalon, Melbourne’s secondary airport, for 10 years.
ANA Introduces 787-9 To International Network 
The airline will use its third 787-9 to partially take over its daily Tokyo Haneda-Munich route beginning May 5. The -9s will fly the route on alternate days, dividing the service with Boeing 777-300ERs.
Cebu Urges Progress As Philippines-Australia Talks Resume 
The carrier uses its full allocation of weekly seats in the Australian market, with five weekly services from Manila to Sydney. Cebu executives have told Aviation Daily they want to increase the frequency of the Sydney flights, as well as introduce new routes (Aviation Daily, Feb. 13).
Hawaiian Boosts Peak Capacity With 717 Refit 
The carrier completed the first aircraft in March, and has now refurbished seven of its 18 717s, CEO Mark Dunkerley said during Hawaiian’s first-quarter earnings call. The rest of the fleet is expected to be upgraded by the fourth quarter.
American Targets Efficient Combinations With Initial 787 Routes 
The airline is due to launch 787 service on its Dallas-Chicago route on May 7, before introducing the type on its routes from Dallas to Beijing and Buenos Aires on June 2 and 4, respectively (Aviation Daily, Feb. 11).
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Blogs
May 22, 2015
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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Descends Toward Asteroid Ceres for Closer Look at Bright Spots

Images gathered May 16 with cameras from an altitude of 4,500 miles have again prompted speculation the spacecraft has spotted ice deposits on the 600 mile wide minor planet....More
May 18, 2015
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Fire In the Cabin 2

While installing a fireplace in a cabin clearly would be a bad idea, Lufthansa Technik develops a technology that uses illuminated water mist with an image of burning wood to create a fireplace for VIP aircraft....More
May 15, 2015
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Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

Construction of Cardington’s Number 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Construction of Cardington’s No. 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Short Brothers was awarded an Admiralty contract for the development of dirigible airships....More
May 11, 2015
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NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

China last year accelerated its plans to “reclaim” areas like the Spratly Islands, and the Asian giant is banking on its coast guard to protect its disputed maritime stakes in the region, according to the Pentagon....More
May 10, 2015
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Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery Of Newest 737-800

Ethiopian Airlines' fleet renewal and growth continued this week with the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle. Routing through Washington-Dulles and then Dublin, Ireland, the latest 737NG is Ethiopian's 16th. Since 2010, the East African carrier has taken delivery of 25 Boeing 737/777/787s as well as 13 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 regional turbo aircraft. One of the fastest-growing and most modern of African airlines, Ethiopian also has a burgeoning MRO business....More

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