Madhu Unnikrishnan

Aviation Daily

Madhu Unnikrishnan is editor-in-chief of Aviation Daily and the Commercial Channel on the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN), and he also covers North American airlines for those publications and Aviation Week & Space Technology. Prior to returning to Aviation Week in 2014, he handled media relations for Virgin America. From 2004-2013, Madhu held a variety of editorial roles at Aviation Week, starting as the editor of and AWIN, moving on to cover international affairs for Aviation Daily, and was business editor of Aviation Week & Space Technology. He began his aviation journalism career as one of the launch editors for two industry e-newsletters. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University and holds a master of science degree with honors from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Southwest Flight Attendants To Vote On New Contract 
Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556 leadership, which represents Southwest Airlines flight attendants, is sending a tentative agreement to union members for a ratification vote, the union said.
American Airlines Executes On Merger Promises  6
While the sunsetting of the US Airways brand is the most public change from its merger with American, most of the work of integration happened behind the scenes and in fact is continuing.
Allegiant: Newark Routes Aimed At Leisure Travelers 
Allegiant Air’s service to Newark Liberty International Airport, launching in November, is its attempt to reach what Chief Operating Officer Jude Bricker says is the “top leisure destination” in the U.S.: New York City.
Southwest To Change Foreign Sales Strategy 
Southwest Airlines’ international expansion could take it to Canada, and an executive for the company did not rule out eventual transatlantic flights.
Virgin CEO: Dallas Love Field Move Was ‘Right Decision’ 
If Alaska Airlines could use Virgin America’s gates at Dallas Love Field after the proposed merger of the carriers closed, the airport could be a profitable market for the combined carrier.
Podcast: The Connected Aircraft 6
Aircraft are ever more connected to the internet, in the cabin, the cockpit and to the maintenance shop.
Southwest, Flight Attendants Strike Agreement In Principle 
Southwest Airlines has reached an agreement in principle with its flight attendants, represented by Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556, putting the Dallas-based carrier one step closer to resolving its open labor contracts.
Southwest Has No Immediate Plans To Fly To Hawaii 
Southwest Airlines will have the necessary aircraft to fly to Hawaii, but the carrier’s chief financial officer said it will focus on Caribbean and Mexican routes in the near term.
Southwest’s Strained Labor Relations Reflect Business Model Changes  4
Southwest differed from other airlines: Its employees actually seemed happy.
DOT Finalizes Haneda Awards 
The U.S. Transportation Department’s (DOT) Sept. 1 final decision on route awards for Tokyo Haneda Airport had few surprises—but it ended the long-running dispute over whether Minneapolis deserved a Haneda flight.
Southwest, Mechanics Reach Tentative Agreement 
Southwest Airlines and the union representing its facilities-maintenance technicians have reached a tentative agreement, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) and the carrier said.
U.S. Travel Association Appeals To Obama In NAI Case 
The U.S. Travel Association has taken its support for Norwegian Air International (NAI) to the highest office in the country, sending a letter to President Barack Obama on Aug. 30.
Kirby Bolsters United's Bench 
United Continental Holdings has created the new management role of president and tapped American Airlines’ President Scott Kirby to fill it—a move that took analysts by surprise.
Southwest, Union Reach Tentative Agreement—Again 
Southwest and its pilots have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, ending—for now—the contentious talks between the airline and the Southwest Airline Pilots’ Association (SWAPA).
Babbitt To Retire After 50 Years In Airline Industry 
Southwest Airlines’ head of labor relations and former FAA administrator Randy Babbitt is to retire, the airline announced.

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