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 Apprentice Program Addresses Technician Shortage 
JetBlue Airways sees a partial solution to the looming maintenance-technician workforce shortage in its in-house apprentice program, an executive with the airline told Aviation Daily.
Southwest Capacity Growth To Come From Upgauging 
Southwest Airlines is replacing its 737-700 fleet with a combination of used 737-700s, new -800s and -8 aircraft. The -700 fleet will be retired by the end of September.
Azerbaijani Carrier Identified As 737 MAX Buyer 
Silk Way Airlines has signed a deal with Boeing for 10 Boeing 737-8s worth $1.1 billion at list prices, the carrier and the airframer said.
Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
United Airlines To Begin Re‑Banking Hubs  1
United Airlines plans to re-bank several of its hubs later this year, in an effort to boost connectivity in its domestic network.
DOT Formally Amends Hainan Permit To Include Las Vegas 
The U.S. Transportation Department has amended Hainan Airlines’ U.S. operating permit to include Beijing-Las Vegas flights.
UPS Expands Dangerous Good Shipment Program 
UPS has expanded its global dangerous good shipping policies to include 400 new products that can be shipped on its air network worldwide, the company said in a statement.
Airbus employees in Toulouse work on Delta's first A350.
Delta To Keep Systemwide Capacity Growth To 1% 
Delta Air Lines plans to keep systemwide capacity growth to 1% this year, but growth—or capacity reductions—will vary widely in certain areas of its network, the carrier’s management told analysts during the company’s first-quarter earnings call.
Podcast: United in Crisis 101
United’s CEO “made a horrific situation worse,” when he sent an email praising employees following Sunday’s incident. Listen in as our editors discuss the broader damage the incident has done to the U.S. airline industry.
American ‘Not Abandoning’ Puerto Rican Capital 
American Airlines is canceling its twice-daily flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and San Juan, Puerto Rico, the airline confirmed.
U.S. Cabotage Route May Have New Lease On Life 
The only foreign-carrier operated cabotage route in the U.S. may continue for the foreseeable future, as no U.S. carrier has stepped up to fly between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands in American Samoa.
DOT Sanctions Delta’s Rio–NYC Flights 
The flights signal Delta’s expansion into Brazil. In its application, Delta stressed that it would increase connections between the U.S. and the interior of Brazil through its partner Gol, which has a hub in Rio.
The south front of the White House.
U.S. Groups Spent Nearly $10M Opposing Gulf Carriers 
Two groups opposed to Persian Gulf carriers’ expansion in the U.S. spent close to $10 million in 2015 on the cause, recent tax filings show.
American, Lufthansa Strengthen Ties With Chinese Airlines 
The promise of China’s expanding market has international carriers, including American, Delta and Lufthansa, forging codeshares with key Chinese airlines.
American Said To Be In Talks To Buy China Southern Stake 
A March 22 report, citing anonymous sources, said American Airlines could buy a $200 million stake in the Chinese carrier.
Podcast: Electronics Ban Could Cost Gulf Carriers 8
Aviation Week editors discuss whether the electronics ban will actually accomplish its security goals and how the new rules could cost the Persian Gulf airlines business traffic.
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