Adrian Schofield

Aviation Week


Government, local municipalities approve Tokyo Narita third runway
Tokyo Narita Airport has taken an important step in its efforts to add a third runway and extend operating hours, after gaining clearance for its plans from local authorities.
ANA Boeing 777-300ER
Japan’s ANA, China’s Juneyao form codeshare
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has entered into a codeshare relationship with China’s Juneyao Airlines, taking advantage of the Star Alliance connecting partner program.
Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900
Cathay widens full-year loss, posts 2H profit on transformation plan 
Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific has reported a deeper group-wide loss of HK$1.3 billion ($160.6 million) for 2017, although a return to profit in the second half signals its transformation plan is yielding results.
Rendering of A321neo in Hawaiian Airlines’ livery
Hawaiian Airlines trims 2018 capacity outlook on A321neo delivery delays 
Hawaiian Airlines has raised its revenue forecast for the first quarter, although it has also trimmed its full-year capacity outlook because of delays in Airbus A321neo deliveries.
VietStar targets 2018 launch for LCC service
Ho Chi Minh City-based VietStar Airlines is hoping to launch LCC operations this year, pending government approval.
NokScoot to boost fleet composition with 737s
Thailand-based LCC NokScoot intends to add its first Boeing 737s this year, which will allow the carrier to downgauge some of its lower-demand widebody routes.
Malaysia Airlines Airbus A350-900
Malaysia Airlines improves yield in 4Q 2017 
Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) increased passenger yields in the fourth quarter of 2017, although the carrier indicated its full-year financial performance did not meet targets.
AirAsia A320
AirAsia to sell Malaysia aircraft leasing unit 
AirAsia Berhad has announced a deal to sell its Malaysia-based aircraft leasing unit Asia Aviation Capital (AAC) to aircraft investor BBAM for $1.18 billion.
Virgin Australia Boeing 777-300
Virgin Australia returns to profit as restructuring plan yields results 
Virgin Australia reported a net profit of A$4.4 million ($3.4 million) for its fiscal first-half ended Dec. 31, 2017, signaling its multi-year transformation plan is gaining traction.
AirAsia Airbus A320neo
AirAsia Group to launch China, Vietnam operations as affiliates see profits
AirAsia Group plans to launch its latest franchises in China and Vietnam later this year, as its current overseas affiliates demonstrate stronger financial performance.
Thai Airways Boeing 787-9
Thai Airways posts 2017 net loss; optimistic after ICAO safety upgrade 
Thai Airways predicts the removal of Thailand from ICAO’s red flag safety list will boost the country’s aviation industry this year, although airlines are still waiting for the US FAA to follow with its own safety upgrade.
Garuda Indonesia Boeing 777-300ER
Garuda Indonesia reports 2017 loss as fuel inflates cost
Garuda Indonesia slipped to a substantial net loss in 2017 partly because of increased fuel costs, although the carrier said it is making progress on some of its strategic priorities.
Hawaiian Airlines A321neo
Hawaiian Airlines adjusts summer schedule on A321neo delivery delays 
Hawaiian Airlines is experiencing a further operational and planning disruption because of Airbus A321neo delivery delays related to issues with the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engine.
Thai AirAsia A320
Thai AirAsia to expand fleet, network as tourism grows 
Thai AirAsia (TAA) intends to grow its fleet and network this year, as the carrier looks to capitalize on Thailand’s surging international tourist numbers.
Incheon Airport Terminal 2 cuts connection times, improves facilities 
Incheon’s new terminal enables its airline tenants to be more competitive.