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
Overturning NAI Approval Could Prove Difficult 
Labor groups have promised to challenge U.S. approval of a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International, which would set a precedent if the order were overturned.
Trump Administration’s Aviation Policies Still Unknown 
Although the U.S. president-elect has said airports are an area of concern and need investment, how his administration will carry out his plans remains to be seen.
Norwegian Accelerates Long-haul Expansion After U.S. Ruling 
Following a two-year application process and a heated debate, NAI’s foreign air carrier permit is finally approved by the U.S. Transportation Department.
American Agrees On Closing Qantas ATI Proceeding 
Although American Airlines and Qantas have withdrawn their application for an expanded transpacific partnership, two smaller U.S. carriers have signaled to the DOT that it should reject a request to vacate the order.
Washington Insider Selected For Transportation Secretary  3
Elaine Chao, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice for Transportation secretary, is the ultimate Beltway veteran, but her positions on current aviation issues are largely a mystery.
Trump Chooses Elaine Chao As Transportation Secretary 
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s expected choice of Elaine Chao to lead the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) signals the incoming administration is committed to his pledge to spend up to $1 trillion on infrastructure, and that could be good news for the aviation industry.
DOT Approves NAI Over Labor’s Protests 
Reaction to the U.S. Transportation Department’s (DOT) Dec. 2 approval of Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) foreign air carrier permit was swift, loud and predictable.
DOT Approves Norweigan Air Foreign Air Carrier Permit 
The U.S. Transportation Department ended a long-running saga by finally approving Norwegian Air International’s foreign air carrier permit.
Chao’s Views On Infrastructure And Labor Remain Unknown  1
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Elaine Chao as U.S. transportation secretary is being met with optimism by the airline industry, and cautious optimism by organized labor.
Trump Nominates Elaine Chao As Transportation Secretary 
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s expected choice of Elaine Chao to lead the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) signals the incoming administration is committed to his pledge to spend up to $1 trillion on infrastructure, and that could be good news for the aviation industry.
Trump Chooses Elaine Chao As Transportation Secretary 
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s expected choice of Elaine Chao to lead the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) signals the incoming administration is committed to his pledge to spend up to $1 trillion on infrastructure, and that could be good news for the aviation industry.
Airbus, Boeing Claim Victory In Latest WTO Ruling  20
Do state subsidies for the Boeing 777X program add up to $50 million, or $8.7 billion? The answer is at the center of the World Trade Organization’s latest ruling in the seemingly never-ending dispute between Airbus and Boeing.
DOT Rejects Expansion Of Qantas-American Alliance 
The DOT found that an immunized and expanded Qantas-American alliance would account for almost 60% of all capacity between Australia and the U.S.
Berkshire Hathaway Bets Big On U.S. Mainline Carriers 
The investment is a stunning change of direction for Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor who leads Berkshire Hathaway, who has long said airlines make risky investment bets.
United Opens Expedited ORD Security  1
United Airlines launched automated security screening lanes at its hub at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
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