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.

A350/787 Order Imminent For Philippine Airlines 
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is preparing to announce a long-expected order for either Boeing 787s or Airbus A350s, possibly during the Singapore air show, which begins Feb. 16.
Virgin Australia To Shrink Regional Fleet 
Virgin Australia is preparing to reduce its regional aircraft fleet in an effort to improve the productivity of its domestic operation and solidify its return to profitability.
Island Air Ownership Changes Approved 

U.S. regulators have approved the sale of a majority stake in Hawaiian turboprop operator Island Air. Two entities managed by local investment firm PacifiCap are buying a controlling interest from Ohana Airlines Holdings, owned by Larry Ellison. OAH will retain a non-controlling interest. Les Murashige, a previous president of Island Air, will return as president and CEO, taking over from current CEO David Pflieger. Rob Mauracher, another former Island Air CEO, will be chief operating officer.

Garuda Yet To Choose Between A350 And 787 

Although Garuda Indonesia is set to enlarge its fleet with new deliveries this year, it still has not decided between the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 to fill its long-term replacement needs.

The airline is continuing to assess the two aircraft types, in a process that began last year. It is “still finalizing its widebody refleeting plans by studying the A350-900 and 787-9 fuel efficiency and operating costs before making a final decision,” a Garuda spokesman told Aviation Daily.

Air New Zealand Leads Industry With ATR Upgrade 
Air New Zealand is boosting the capabilities of some of its core turboprop and jet aircraft types by investing in advanced avionics upgrades.
Dragonair To Become Cathay Dragon
Hong Kong-based Dragonair has revealed a new name and livery in an effort to align itself more closely with parent Cathay Pacific.
Singapore Airlines Evolves Subsidiary Strategy 
As major carriers in the Asia-Pacific region embrace the low-cost carrier paradigm, this approach is still most advanced in Singapore.
U.S. Anticipates Increased Haneda Airport Access 
During upcoming talks, Japan may offer U.S. airlines more access to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, a situation Delta Air Lines is not applauding.
SIA’s Fuel Savings Offset Yield Weakness 
Singapore Airlines (SIA) saw its net profit rise 35% to S$275 million (U.S.$196 million) for the three months through Dec. 31, helped by lower fuel costs and a significant performance improvement from some of its subsidiary carriers.
Air Vanuatu Says Runway Safe For Flights 
Air Vanuatu has confirmed it will continue operating flights out of Vanuatu’s main airport even though most Australasian carriers have now suspended service there due to concerns over its runway condition.
Korean Outlines 2016 Aircraft Deliveries 

Korean Air plans to take delivery of 16 Boeing aircraft this year to support its plans to increase capacity and meet profit growth projections. 

In a presentation released with its fourth-quarter earnings, Korean said it will receive three intercontinental 747-8s, two 777-300ERs and two 737s that will be operated by LCC subsidiary Jin Air. All of these deliveries are scheduled for delivery through June. In the second half of the year, Korean expects to receive five freighter aircraft, comprising four 777 freighters and a 747-8 freighter.

Airbus A380s, Vanilla Air Form Key Parts Of ANA Plan  6
ANA’s order for three A380s is the most notable of its growth moves, which also include dramatically expanding its low-cost carrier subsidiary Vanilla Air and partnering with Vietnam Airlines.
JAL, ANA Seek Haneda U.S. Slots 

Like their U.S. counterparts, Japan’s two major carriers are also looking to gain more slots at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport for U.S. flights as a result of negotiations between their governments.

Emirates Auckland Flight To Be World’s Longest 
Emirates is planning to launch its first direct service to New Zealand in March—which will, at least temporarily—be the world’s longest flight.
ANA Reveals Plans For A380 Introduction 
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has confirmed that it will add three Airbus A380s as part of a fleet strategy that also includes dramatic growth for LCC subsidiary Vanilla Air.
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