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.

JetBlue Asks DOT To Examine Slot Allocation At Mexico City 
Specifically, JetBlue has batted aside the two carriers’ claims that they would not control more than half of the slots at Mexico City’s slot-constrained airport (Aviation Daily, June 21).
American Airlines Reports ‘Highest-Ever’ Quarterly Profit 
“This is the highest-ever earnings in American’s history,” CEO Doug Parker told analysts during Amercan’s second-quarter earnings call on July 24, adding that the profits may be the highest “any airline has ever produced.”
JetBlue, Delta And Aeromexico Trade Barbs Over Antitrust Immunity 
JetBlue Airways is objecting to Delta Air Lines’ and Aeromexico’s application for antitrust immunity, objections Delta says are completely without merit.
American Puts Ad Account In Review After 30 Years With McCann Affiliate 
Dallas-based TM Advertising has had the American account since 1981, and McCann acquired TM Advertising in 2001, and assumed American’s global marketing and advertising accounts in 2003.
Delta Results Driven By Lower Fuel Prices 
Despite the strong margin, unit revenues declined 5% in the quarter, and yields were down 4% compared with the same period last year.
U.S.-Gulf Carrier Dispute Drags On 
The State, Commerce and Transportation Departments now say the docket on the matter will close for new submissions on Aug. 2, and interested parties have until Aug. 24 to comment on materials already submitted.
U.S. Carriers Acknowledge DOJ Probe 
The DOJ has sent letters to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines investigating potential antitrust violations and “unlawful coordination.”
Norwegian To Serve French West Indies From JFK, BWI, Boston 

Norwegian Air Shuttle will begin operating seasonal service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and Boston Logan International Airport and the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, and plans to use Boeing 737-800s, configured with 186 seats. 

JetBlue: DOT Should Limit Term Of Qantas-American JV 
The New York-based carrier is asking the DOT to approve the Qantas-American JV for three years, renewing it only “upon a further showing by the joint applicants that the consumer benefits described in the joint application have been realized,” JetBlue said in its filing.
Delta Threatens Dallas With Legal Action Over Love Gates 
Delta says the two gates were “abandoned” by United Airlines, and Southwest has been operating flights from the gates, giving it effective control of 18 of the 20 gates at Love Field. Virgin America operates the other two gates.
Delta To Surrender Haneda Slots, American To Begin Flights From LAX 
Delta’s move means American Airlines—the carrier DOT designated as the backup for the slots—will begin operating flights between Los Angeles and Haneda this autumn. The exact date has not been determined, but flight times will be announced soon, an American spokesman told Aviation Daily.
IATA Halts Carry-On Bag Initiative 

IATA is “pausing” rollout of its “Cabin OK” plan, which sought to limit the size of carry-on bags, ostensibly to ensure that carry-on luggage travels in the cabin even when the flight is full. The plan, announced last week at IATA’s Annual General Meeting in Miami, met with intense opposition from some carriers, particularly in the U.S., many of which said they had no plans to comply.

United To Cease Flights From JFK 

United Airlines from Oct. 25 will cease operating flights from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, and will shift all operations to Newark Liberty International Airport, the company said. Delta Air Lines will trade its Newark slots for United’s JFK slots, pending government approval. The companies are not disclosing how many slots will be traded at each airport.

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