Adrian Schofield

Aviation Week


AirAsia Japan to launch services Oct. 29 
AirAsia’s Japanese franchise is planning to launch its first domestic route later this month, and will soon add an international service.
Qantas Airbus A380
Qantas to use biofuel on Australia-Los Angeles flights 
Australia’s Qantas Airways has made a major move toward renewable fuels, announcing plans to use biofuel in its aircraft that stop at Los Angeles International Airport.
Japan Airlines to partner with Aeromexico in 2018 
Japan Airlines (JAL) is looking to boost its access to the Mexican market through a new partnership with Aeromexico, which may also give the latter carrier more Asian connections.
Air New Zealand launches Wi-Fi trial on 777-300ER
Air New Zealand has begun the first operational trials of its new onboard Wi-Fi service, which eventually will be rolled out across its international jet fleet.
Thailand says it’s no longer on ICAO red flag list 
Officials in Thailand say ICAO has removed the country from its “red flag” list, a step which is expected to lead to the relaxation of restrictions that some countries have placed on Thai airlines.
Malaysia Airlines eyes European services 
Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) is considering launching new service to Europe using some of the Airbus A350s the carrier is scheduled to receive next year.
Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9
Air New Zealand reveals new sustainability plans 
Air New Zealand is introducing new sustainability initiatives, including increasing its use of airport gate power and reusing a wide range of inflight products.
Virgin Australia aircraft at Brisbane airport
Virgin Australia leads Brisbane airport biofuel initiative 
Virgin Australia is spearheading an effort to provide biofuel for airlines at one of Australia’s major airports, which could eventually spawn a local jet biofuel industry.
Interview: Christopher Luxon CEO, Air New Zealand 
Luxon explains how culture drives Air New Zealand. The carrier benchmarks itself against high-performing companies in other sectors, not other airlines.
Nok Air Boeing 737-800
Thailand’s Nok Air reshuffles leadership 
A leadership reshuffle at Thai LCC Nok Air could pave the way for shareholder Thai Airways to play a larger role in the carrier’s turnaround.
Lion Air Boeing 737-800
Indonesia’s Lion Air MRO subsidiary to expand 
The Lion Air Group’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary plans to expand its base on the Indonesian island of Batam, to handle the group’s expected fleet growth and also to service more third-party customers.
Garuda Indonesia Boeing 777-300ER
Garuda MRO subsidiary to launch IPO 
Garuda Indonesia’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary is launching an initial public offering (IPO), which will mainly raise funds for the unit’s ambitious expansion plans.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800
Malaysia Airlines on track to profitability in 2018 
Malaysia Airlines Bhd. (MAB) said it remains on track for returning to profitability next year, despite increasing competitive pressure in its domestic markets.
Changi Airport concept
Changi airport to open fourth terminal Oct. 31 
Singapore’s Changi International Airport will take a major step toward implementing its development plans when it opens its new fourth terminal (T4) next month.
Air Tahiti Nui Airbus A340-300
Air Tahiti Nui to replace A340s in 2018 
French Polynesian carrier Air Tahiti Nui is preparing for a major upgrade of its long-haul international fleet in 2018, when it will begin the replacement of its Airbus A340s with Boeing 787-9s.