Adrian Schofield

Aviation Week
Renderings of A350-900 and -1000 aircraft in Starlux livery
Taiwanese startup Starlux Airlines firms A350 commitment
Taiwan’s Starlux Airlines has confirmed an order for 17 Airbus A350-family aircraft, as the startup carrier prepares to begin operations next year.
Jet Airways Boeing 737-800
India’s government steps in to review Jet Airways
India’s government is applying closer scrutiny to Jet Airways, as the Mumbai-based grounds more fleet on lease payment defaults, resulting in more flight cancellations.
Jet Airways grounds more aircraft as restructuring talks continue
India’s Jet Airways has grounded more aircraft because of lease payment defaults, as the carrier remains in financial limbo awaiting a restructuring deal.
Asia-Pacific carriers scramble to replace grounded MAXs
The global grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is causing major operational headaches for many Asia-Pacific airlines, as they scramble to adjust their schedules to replace MAXs.
Cathay Pacific A350-900
Cathay Pacific swings to profit in 2018 on transformation plan
Cathay Pacific has produced a dramatic turnaround in its financial results for 2018, providing the strongest evidence yet that its transformation plan is paying off.
Malaysia Airlines A350-900
Government to work on business strategy for Malaysia Airlines
Malaysia’s Prime Minister said a range of government actions will be considered for Malaysia Airlines Bhd. (MAB), as the airline continues to work on a revised business strategy to address its latest financial challenges.
China, Indonesia among those grounding Boeing MAX 8s
China, Indonesia, Ethiopian Airlines and Cayman Airways have temporarily grounded the Boeing 737 MAX 8 following a second crash of the type in less than six months.
China, Indonesia among those grounding Boeing MAX 8
China, Indonesia, Ethiopian Airlines and Cayman Airways have grounded the Boeing 737 MAX 8 until more is known about the March 10 Ethiopian fatal crash in Addis Ababa—the second fatal accident involving the aircraft type in less than five months.
Airlines voice growing concern about MRO consolidation
The growing concern among airlines about vertical consolidation in the MRO industry is likely to spur a reaction from carriers, and may even prompt smaller airlines to cooperate more to establish MRO networks, a veteran industry executive predicts.
Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8
JAL names new LCC Zipair; plans two international routes 
Japan Airlines (JAL) has officially established its new medium- to long-haul LCC and has also revealed the first international routes it will launch in 2020.
India’s MRO industry needs tax reform to stimulate growth
Addressing the tax incentive structure is a major challenge for India if it is too meet its goal of stimulating the MRO sector, according to an industry observer.
Novoair ATR 72-500
Novoair eyes turboprops, narrowbodies to boost fleet
Bangladesh carrier Novoair is considering expanding its fleet and range by adding narrowbody jet aircraft to the turboprops it currently operates.
AirAsia A320neo
AirAsia assesses its own heavy maintenance facility as fleet grows 
AirAsia is considering whether to set up its own heavy maintenance operation to accommodate fleet growth plans, and if so, where it would be located.
Cebu Pacific A330-300
Cebu Pacific to decide on widebody order by early 2020
Cebu Pacific is likely to make a decision by the end of this year or early 2020 on which widebody aircraft type it will order.
South Korean government approves three Korean LCC startups
The South Korean government has granted approval for three new LCCs to enter service, although two others have had their applications rejected.
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Mar 13, 2019

US, under pressure, grounds MAX

A stunning week, beginning with the second crash of a Boeing 737 MAX and, three days later, every single MAX is grounded—and the US was last to make that call....More
Mar 13, 2019

FAA, US airline leaders need to speak up on MAX

News this morning that Canada has grounded the Boeing 737 MAX is highly significant and truly leaves the US isolated on this issue....More
Mar 12, 2019

MAX crash divides US from rest of world on aviation safety calls

The immediate aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX crash is stunning. While it is not unprecedented for the aviation authorities and airlines of non-US countries to diverge from FAA on when an aircraft grounding is necessary, it is unusual. And the scale of this divergence is unprecedented....More

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