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.

Southwest International Network Focused Now On Leisure 
Southwest’s main point-of-sale for international flights remains in the U.S., Andrew Watterson, senior vice president-network planning and revenue management, told Aviation Daily.
Etihad Puts Numbers Behind Claim That U.S. Carriers Got Benefits 
A report written at Etihad’s request by the Risk Advisory Group says Delta, including Northwest Airlines, accepted $15 billion in benefits, and United, including Continental Airlines, was given $44.4 billion.
American: Days Of Capacity Discipline Might Be Ending 
U.S. airlines are doing well, but American Airlines President Scott Kirby worries that may change if “capacity discipline” breaks down.
American Thinking On Asia Network Evolves 
“The Asia network continues to be an important part of our network,” American Vice President-Network Planning Chuck Schubert told Aviation Daily.
Debate Over Gulf Carrier Access Shows No Sign Of Cooling 
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona—The U.S. government is “taking very seriously” the request from Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and their labor groups to pursue consultations with the governments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar on alleged subsidies for the airlines from those countries, a State Department official said here.
U.S. Airline Industry Faces Host Of Labor Problems 
Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) President Tim Canoll warned against what he called “atypical employment practices” now being used by some European ultra-low-cost carriers, such as employing pilots as independent contractors, rather than employees bound by a contract.
Gatwick Sees Customer Data As Loyalty Program’s Payoff 
The program gives passengers a free cup of coffee and Wi-Fi at the airport in exchange for responding to a short survey that includes queries such as passengers’ reasons for traveling and where they live.
Lobbying Against Gulf Carriers May Be To No Effect 
Airlines and groups that have alleged some Gulf carriers are subsidized are changing the message from opposition to compromise.
Lawmakers Urge U.S. Government To Begin Consultations On Gulf Carriers’ Access 
In a letter to the two cabinet secretaries, the lawmakers say the capacity Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways are adding to the U.S. is subsidized and “in direct contravention to the U.S. open skies policy.
U.S. Carriers Change The Message And Urge Talks With Qatar, UAE 14
Americans for Fair Skies wants the U.S. government to discuss a “trade dispute” with UAE and Qatar.
China Remains Asian Market’s Largest Near-Term Growth Opportunity 
Much of the growth between China and the U.S. will come from leisure traffic, as inbound tourism to the U.S. becomes more accessible to the Chinese middle class, Air China Vice President-North America Zhihang Chi said.
Fleet Changes To Help United Maintain Capacity Discipline 
During the company’s first-quarter earnings call, executives at the Chicago-based airline explained previously announced news that United and Boeing have struck a deal to exchange 10 Boeing 787 orders for 10 777-300ERs.
Southwest Adding Capacity Through Upgauging, Utilization 
The increased capacity was not in response to lower oil prices changing the carrier’s strategy, Southwest leadership told analysts during the company’s first-quarter earnings call April 23. The carrier plans to keep its fleet at around 700 aircraft, CEO Gary Kelly said.
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