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.

Ex-Im Extension Delays Reauthorization Decision 
Ex-Im’s authorization was due to expire on Sept. 30, but as part of a broader spending bill, Congress extended it, punting a final decision on the controversial issue until past November’s mid-term elections.
American Integration On Track; Plans Significant Asia-Pacific Growth 
The carrier originally had planned to begin the fleet integration this year, but the project has been pushed back to the middle of next year, Kirby said.
United, AFA Reach Record Buy-Out Deal 
United Airlines and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) have agreed to an unprecedented $100,000 buyout for as many as 2,000 eligible flight attendants who agree to leave the company between November of this year and November 2015.
Airlines Cut 747s From Asia-Pacific Networks 13
Boeing 747s face shrinking role on transpacific routes
Vivaaerobus Seeks To Add 22 Weekly Flights To DFW 
The carrier has secured the necessary approvals from Mexico’s civil aviation regulator.
Mexico City’s Game-Changing New Airport 
As part of economic reform, Mexico invests in aviation, builds a new airport in the capital city
Southwest Sees As Many As 50 Potential International Markets 
The carrier evaluates new international service through a number of criteria.
Southwest Must Cut Labor Costs To Keep Fares Low, CEO Says 
Southwest Airlines is committed to keeping its fares low, but in order to do so it must cut costs, with the bulk of those cost savings coming out of labor, CEO Gary Kelly says.
Delta 747 Retirements Will Bolster Asia Schedule Changes 
Delta Air Lines’s plans to “stand down” four Boeing 747-400s will see three leave the fleet by the end of the month as the carrier rejiggers its transpacific strategy, Chief Financial Officer Paul Jacobson told analysts.
“The 747 is a tough airplane, with its four engines and its large gauge,” Jacobson said at the recent Cowen & Co. conference.
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