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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.

Introduction Of Airbus Widebodies Breaks Boeing’s Japan Dominance 
While the arrival of Japan Airlines’ (JAL) first Airbus A350 marks the start of a major transition in the carrier’s widebody fleet, it also represents a notable change for the country’s airline industry.
Fiji Airways, Korean Air Cut Back On Australia, Fiji Routes 
Significant changes will affect the popular Fiji leisure market as Fiji Airways plans to suspend an Australian route and Korean Air will terminate its flights to the Pacific island nation.
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Japan Airlines receives the country’s first Airbus A350, as the airline looks ahead to a big year in 2020.
New Caledonia’s Aircalin Prepares For Rapid Fleet Replacement 
Aircalin, the national airline of New Caledonia, is planning the complete replacement of its jet fleet with the delivery of new Airbus widebodies and narrowbodies beginning soon.
Air Kiribati Bases International Ambitions On E190-E2s 
Pacific Island carrier Air Kiribati is planning to extend its reach to international tourist markets by introducing Embraer E190-E2s.
Air Niugini Targets Fleet Replacement Program 
Papua New Guinea’s major airline Air Niugini is making progress with a financial turnaround and is ready to begin a major fleet refresh program, a senior executive said.
ATR Eyes STOL Market Opportunities In South Pacific 
Air Tahiti says the short takeoff and landing (STOL) version of the ATR 42-600 will allow it to introduce turboprop service to more islands, and ATR predicts other airlines in the Pacific region will also find the aircraft attractive.
South Pacific Airlines Launch Collaboration Initiatives 
Airlines from Pacific Island nations are taking initial steps towards collaborating in areas such as purchasing and safety, as they look for ways to address common business challenges.
Delta Stake Will Stabilize Korean Air Leadership 
Delta Air Lines’ move to purchase a stake in Korean Air is expected to help strengthen the control of the Cho family over Korean’s parent company.
Delta Boosts Korean Air JV With Hanjin-KAL Investment 
Delta Air Lines has acquired a 4.3% percent equity stake in Hanjin-KAL, Korean Air’s largest shareholder, setting the stage for even closer cooperation between the two joint-venture (JV) partners.
Luxon To Step Down As Air New Zealand CEO 
AUCKLAND—Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon has announced he will be stepping down from his role in September, and the carrier has begun a search for his replacement.
Philippine Airlines Leadership Changes As Bautista Steps Down 
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has named Vivienne Tan to take over operational control of the carrier, after the airline’s president Jaime Bautista announced his retirement.
Qantas Orders 36 A321XLRs For Group Airlines
Qantas has become the latest airline to order the Airbus A321XLR, with conversions and new orders covering 36 of the new variant.
Qantas Orders 36 A321XLRs For Group Airlines 1
The airline said it will convert 26 existing A321neo orders to the XLR, and will add another 10 new orders. This will boost the carrier’s total A320neo-family orders to 109, including 28 A321LRs and 45 A320neos.
Jet Airways Creditors Prepare For Insolvency Process 
The main creditors of India’s Jet Airways have decided to trigger bankruptcy proceedings, which is likely to squash any last hopes of resurrecting the airline.
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