Madhu Unnikrishnan

Madhu
Unnikrishnan
Editor-In-Chief,
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 Aviationweek.com 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.

Articles
DOT Grants American’s Beijing Request 
The U.S. Transportation Department has granted American Airlines’ request for an extension to begin its daily Los Angeles-Beijing flights.
JetBlue Reiterates Objection To Delta-Korean Air Relationship 
JetBlue Airways is once again asking for a complete review of a proposed Delta Air Lines-Korean Air revenue-sharing joint venture.
American To Start Three New European Routes 
American Airlines will launch three new seasonal leisure routes in Europe in 2018 to meet what the carrier calls growing demand for travel to Europe.
Atlas Air Supports NUK Approval 
Cargo carrier Atlas Air forcefully rejected unions’ objections to the U.S. Transportation Department’s approving a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian UK.
United To Add Paine Field Flights 
United Airlines is adding six daily flights between Paine Field, 23 mi. north of Seattle, and the carrier’s hubs in Denver and San Francisco.
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Regional GDP Growth Fuels Copa’s 2Q 
Latin America has returned to economic growth after two years of recession. Currencies in the region have stabilized, with fewer of the exchange-rate fluctuations that characterized the two years prior to 2017.
Pekoske Sworn In As TSA Chief 
David Pekoske on Aug. 10 was sworn in as the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) seventh administrator.
Alaska Works To Build California Brand Presence 

The carrier recently created a new position to build its presence , naming Annabel Chang as vice president-Bay Area. Chang formerly worked for the San Francisco-based rides-haring company Lyft.

Labor Objects To NUK Approval 
Labor groups have reiterated their objection to the U.S. Transportation Department tentatively approving a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian UK.
ALC: Airbus Delays Could Affect 2018 Deliveries 
ALC is “in the process of accelerating certain positions from Boeing into 2018 and 2019,” and monitoring the used-aircraft sales market to offset any delivery delays from Airbus.
Opinion: U.S. Airline Consolidation Has Gone Too Far. Or Maybe Not.  1
Passengers clamor for better treatment from airlines (including cabin amenities and respect from personnel) but they equally pursue heavily discounted fares. And the consolidation of the industry bodes that this push/pull will continue.
Aircraft Sales Bolster AerCap Profits 
AerCap reported second-quarter profits of $283 million that beat Wall Street’s expectations, fueled in part by the sale of older aircraft.
Qatar Drops American Airlines Investment Plan 
Qatar Airways had sought to buy a 4.75% stake in American, with the goal of taking up to a 10% stake. American’s board would have had to review any investment above 4.75%.
Silver Places Firm Order For 20 ATR Turboprops 

Silver Airways is embarking on an ambitious expansion plan, announcing a major fleet upgrade as well as a new chief executive.

Norwegian’s Plans For Global Expansion Face Challenges  1
The European low-cost carrier has hit a few snags in its effort to reinvent long-haul flying in the open skies era.
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