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.

Qantas Moves Closer To 787-9 Order After Pilot Vote 

Qantas long-haul pilots have voted to approve a new contract that will help clear the way for the airline to convert its options for Boeing 787-9s. Airline executives have said a new contract deal was one condition for placing the 787 orders, as well as returning the international division to profitability and paying down debt. The profitability goal has already been achieved. Qantas has 50 options and purchase rights for 787-9s, with the first delivery slots in 2017. The carrier would have to exercise options for these first slots later this year. 

Garuda’s Network Growth Spurs Major Traffic Gains 
Garuda Indonesia rebounded to profitability in the first half of 2015, as it appears to have successfully stimulated demand with its capacity expansion.
JAL Doubles Profit Thanks To Surging Inbound Travel 
Strong demand in its international network helped Japan Airlines dramatically boost its financial performance for the three months through June 30.
ANA Defends Domestic Markets As Rail Expands 
All Nippon Airways is maintaining demand levels in its domestic network despite new challenges from the latest expansion of Japan’s high-speed rail services.
Hawaiian Expects Gains Despite International Challenges 
Hawaiian Airlines predicts that an improving operating environment in the second half of the year will more than outweigh headaches caused by foreign currency weakness and shrinking fuel surcharges in some countries.
Fuel Savings Boost SIA Profit Despite Yield Drop 
Singapore Airlines’ lower fuel costs helped offset weak yields as well as losses from affiliates and hedging in the quarter ending June 30.
Virgin Australia Slashes Loss For 2015 Fiscal Year 
Virgin Australia has narrowed its loss considerably in its fiscal year through June 30 and dragged its Tigerair Australia subsidiary closer to breakeven.
China Eastern, Qantas Promise New Service 
China Eastern has committed to adding capacity in Australia with a new route and seasonal increases on two existing ones if the country’s regulators change their minds and allow the carrier to partner more closely with Qantas.
Airport Authority Rebuffs AirAsia Criticism 
Malaysia’s airport operator says it is unfeasible for AirAsia to relocate to its former terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), a move the carrier suggested in response to ground stability problems at a new facility.
Thai Airways Cuts More Routes In Turnaround Effort 
The airline is suspending a number of long-haul routes as it moves to streamline its operation and improve its financial health.
Scoot Nears 777-Fleet Phaseout 
Scoot says the last of its six Boeing 777-200ERs is due to be retired in late August.
Korea’s Airlines Reintroduce MERS-Related Flight Cuts 
Asiana Airlines and Korean Air both reduced service to China, Japan and other nations in June and July, as the MERS scare in South Korea affected tourism.
Thai Carriers Pay Price For Regulator’s Deficiencies 
Thailand’s airlines are bearing the brunt of their aviation authority’s failure to comply with ICAO standards.
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