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.

Biggest U.S. Airlines Are Profitable—And Reluctant To Add Capacity 
The nine largest publicly traded U.S. carriers made money in the quarter ended Sept. 30, with several reporting record or near-record earnings thanks to full cabins and lower fuel prices. But the industry is still largely very cautious about adding capacity to capitalize on the improved environment, even as lower fuel prices make once marginal routes more profitable. “We can’t count on $80 [per barrel] crude prices going forward,” warns Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly.
American Makes Case For Why It Deserves Haneda Slot 
In a filing this week with the DOT, American reiterated that it believes Delta is squatting on its Haneda-route authorities by reducing frequencies to a bare minimum to keep the DOT from seizing the authority.
American To Integrate Loyalty Programs In Second Quarter, 2015 
The main focus now is combining the two systems, Suzanne Rubin, president of American’s loyalty programs, said Tuesday.
American Reports Record Quarter, Venezuela Still A Drag 
Without the Venezuela effect, American projects passenger revenue per available seat-mile (PRASM) to be between 2-4% higher in the fourth quarter than during the same period in 2013, but factoring in Venezuela, American expects PRASM growth to be flat to 2% higher than in 2013.
Southwest Reports Profits Up; Plans Measured 2015 Capacity Increase 
International routes, which launched in the third quarter of this year, now constitute about 1% of the carrier’s capacity.
Delta: Seattle-Haneda Schedule Complies With DOT Regulations 
The filing with the DOT is in response to American Airlines’ request earlier this month that Delta is “squandering” its Haneda frequencies by reducing its winter schedule from Seattle to Haneda to just enough to keep the slots from going dormant.
EC Requests ‘Urgent’ Joint Committee Meeting On NAI 
Calling an urgent meeting of the joint committee is unprecedented. In a letter to Thomas Engle obtained by Aviation DAILY, deputy assistant secretary of state for transportation affairs, Oliver Onidi—Engle’s counterpart in the EC—asked for the meeting to take place at the “earliest possible date” in Brussels.
United Turnaround More Solid, Analysts Say 
United’s third-quarter passenger revenue per available seat-mile (PRASM) is estimated to have grown by between 3.5-4% year-over-year, up from guidance of between 2-4% growth, analysts say.
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