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.

Asiana Targets Fleet Modernization With A350s, A321neos 
Asiana Airlines intends to add 34 new aircraft to its fleet over the next four years as it phases out many of its oldest models.
Indian Exchanges Curb Jet Airways Share Trading As Concerns Grow 
Indian stock exchanges have announced they will restrict trading of Jet Airways shares, in another sign that the prospects of resurrecting the grounded airline are increasingly bleak.
JAL Set To Bring New Widebodies To Domestic Network 
Japan Airlines (JAL) is embarking on a new phase of fleet renewal in 2019, as it prepares to introduce Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s on domestic routes.
New Zealand Selects C-130J For Airlift Replacement 
New Zealand has selected the Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 to replace its C-130H fleet, although many details of the proposed buy remain to be decided.
State Agency Weighs Malaysia Airlines’ New Turnaround Plan 
Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) is seeking approval for a revised turnaround plan aimed at better aligning its business strategy and fleet to address new market challenges.
JAL Plans 2020 Capacity Boost Using Current Fleet 
Japan Airlines (JAL) intends to rely on boosting utilization of its current fleet to increase capacity and meet an expected demand surge in 2020, although its planned long-haul LCC startup will also help.
Spring Airlines Boosts Fleet With Airbus Neo Deliveries 
Chinese LCC Spring Airlines intends to lift its fleet total close to 100 in 2019 with additional A320neo deliveries, and the airline is also due to begin taking A321neos in 2020.
As Airline Profits Drop, Industry Expects Soft Landing 
IATA was forced to cut the 2019 earnings forecast for its members by more than 20%, with positive headwinds such as low fuel prices shifting.
Earnings Challenges Persist For Asian Airlines 
Asia-Pacific carriers are still grappling with many of the issues that eroded their profitability in 2018 the head of the region’s major airline industry group said.
Thai Airways Nearing Major Aircraft Order Pending Government OK 
Thai Airways’ expanded fleet acquisition plan is progressing toward the final stages of government review before a major aircraft order can be placed, a senior airline executive said.
Sri Lankan Adjusts Business Plan As Demand Slumps After April Attack 
Sri Lankan Airlines has nearly completed a revised version of its business plan, and is close to reaching a deal with Airbus to swap A350 orders to A330neos.
Southeast Asian Flag Carriers Face Aircraft Order Decisions 
Major fleet decisions loom for some Southeast Asian legacy airlines as they work to replace older aircraft and adjust fleets to meet business plans.
Korean Air’s Cho Signals Aggressive Response To LCCs 
Korean Air is planning to compete more vigorously against the LCCs that are increasingly moving into Korean’s markets, the airline’s chairman Walter Cho said.
Fiji Airways Decides Against A330 Replacement Order 
Fiji Airways has elected to shelve its plans to order Airbus A330neos, instead opting to add two A350s while keeping its A330ceos longer.
IATA Projects Weakening Financial Outlook For Airlines In 2019 
IATA has downgraded its industry profit outlook for 2018, as revenue increases are not expected to keep pace with costs, putting more pressure on margins.
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