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.

EC Seeks NAI Arbitration In Face Of U.S. House Roadblock 
The European Commission has obtained a mandate to initiate arbitration under the U.S.–EU open skies agreement, in order to resolve the impasse over a U.S. foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International (NAI), Aviation Daily has learned.
Southwest Flying Daily To Costa Rica 

Southwest Airlines is expanding its international schedule with new daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Liberia, Costa Rica. At 5.5 hr. each way, it will be Southwest’s longest scheduled route, spokesman Brad Hawkins said. These will be Southwest’s first international flights from LAX, the airline’s 13th international gateway.  Southwest  started flying outside the U.S. on its own aircraft in July 2014.

Southwest Launches LAX-Costa Rica Flights 
Southwest Airlines is expanding its international schedule with new daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Liberia, Costa Rica.
Podcast: Will Alaska-Virgin America Deal Pass Muster? 2
Air Transport World’s Karen Walker and Aviation Daily’s Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss regulatory hurdles to $2.6-billion deal and whether it marks the end of U.S. airline consolidation.
MRJ’s Biggest U.S. Challenges: Scope Clauses, Certification 4
Airlines’ pilot scope clauses remain the biggest impediment to the MRJ succeeding in the U.S. regional jet market, U.S. CEO Masao Yamagami of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. told Aviation Daily at the MRO Americas 2016 trade show.
Parker: U.S. Industry ‘Unlikely’ To Post Losses Again  19
No airline can afford to neglect the inflight product, because the industry has fundamentally changed since 2005, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says.
De Juniac Backed As Next IATA Director-General 
IATA’s board has unanimously voted to recommend Air France-KLM CEO Alexandre de Juniac to succeed Director-General Tony Tyler, who is retiring this year.
Startup Applies For Permit To Fly To U.S. Territory 
A startup airline in the separate nation of Samoa has applied to serve the nearby U.S. territory of American Samoa under an open-skies agreement.
Parker Reverses Course, Restores Profit-Sharing 
American Airlines has reinstated profit-sharing for employees at the same 5% rate that it awarded before the merger with US Airways in 2013.
Kurland Leaving DOT, Heading To O’Hare 
Susan Kurland, U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs, is stepping down to take a senior position at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
American, Union Reach Accord For Dispatchers 
American Airlines and its dispatchers represented by the Transport Workers Union have reached a tentative contract agreement, the airline said.
DOT General Counsel Thomson To Step Down 
U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) General Counsel Kathryn Thomson is stepping down in May, Aviation Daily has learned.
Obama To Ireland’s Kenny: No Political Obstacles For NAI 
U.S. President Barack Obama has assured Irish President Enda Kenny that there are no political obstacles to Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign air carrier permit to serve the U.S., Aviation Daily has learned.
Podcast: Next Stop, Cuba
The race for routes to Cuba by U.S. carriers is on. Will there be enough demand for flights to cities other than Havana? Is Cuba ready for a rapid increase in tourism? Join our editors as they discuss the possibilities for this new market.
Parker: American To Invest In People And Product 
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says, now that much of the integration with US Airways has been completed, the carrier will focus on investing in its employees and onboard product.

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