Madhu Unnikrishnan

Managing Editor,
Aviation Daily

Madhu Unnikrishnan is managing editor 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.

DOT Invites Comments On Delta’s Seattle-Haneda Route Authority 
DOT in a filing said it “believes the public interest requires a fresh examination of whether the best use of the Seattle-Haneda opportunity is to allow Delta to retain the slot pair for Seattle-Haneda service, or whether the public interest would be better served by reallocating the slot pair for service from another U.S. city by another U.S. carrier or by Delta.”
DOT Awards Southwest DCA Slot Pair For Kansas City Route 
In its ruling, DOT said Southwest’s service would create competition in what has been an American Airlines monopoly market and would be more in the public interest than JetBlue Airways’ proposal to fly between DCA and Jacksonville, Florida.
Southwest Seeks To Add Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica To Network 
The carrier also has signaled its intent to fly from HOU to Belize and San Jose, Costa Rica.
Congress Appears To Change Course On Language Opposing NAI 
Although the matter always was the DOT’s to resolve, a provision in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015—introduced to the legislature on Dec. 9—says DOT may grant a foreign air carrier permit if the carrier is thought to be in compliance with the U.S.-EU open skies agreement and U.S. law.
U.S. Remains Committed To Open Skies Despite Calls To Limit Access 
The U.S. government has no plans to change its policy, Thomas Engle, deputy assistant secretary of State for transportation affairs, said at the Airports Council International-North America international aviation issues seminar.
Volaris Fleet, Network Strategies Driven By Leisure Traveler 
This strategy bucks current industry trends that have many LCCs pursuing more premium and corporate travel.
Emirates Upgauging Adds 40% More Capacity On Dubai-SFO Route 
The carrier launched the A380 service on Dec. 1, prompted by “significant natural demand,” Matthias Schmid, vice president-U.S. sales told Aviation Week.
Proposed U.S.-Mexico Agreement Significantly Liberalizes Air Services 
Long-running talks collapsed earlier this month in Mexico City, as negotiators for Mexico stood firm on a request that Mexican carriers be guaranteed antitrust immunity in partnerships with U.S. carriers, sources with knowledge of the talks confirm.
Venezuela Capacity Cuts Hurt Copa; 3Q Net Income Drops 48% 
The airline is being “cautious” with its 2015 capacity-growth projections due to continuing concern with the Venezuela market, which constitutes 15% of Copa’s revenues.
Norwegian CEO Blasts NAI Opponents; Unions Strike Back 
Veering away from his prepared text, CEO Bjørn Kjos gave a spirited and free-wheeling defense of NAI’s application to the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) for a foreign carrier permit to serve the U.S. from the European Union.
Dec 18, 2014

Fly to Cuba?

Will restored diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. open travel and aviation aftermarket opportunities?...More
Dec 18, 2014

SpaceX Slips ISS Cargo Run To Early January

Company opts to conduct second Falcon 9 static fire test before launch....More
Dec 15, 2014

NavWeek: U.S.? You Bet

Counting on the U.S. right now in the region looks to be worth the gamble....More

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