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.

Former Delta Air Lines CEO Anderson To Lead Amtrak  1
U.S. passenger rail company Amtrak has appointed former Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson as its new chief executive.
Delta, Korean Air Strengthen Transpacific JV 
Delta recently launched a new Atlanta-Seoul flight in anticipation of the deal, the carrier said. Korean Air is adding a third daily Los Angeles-Seoul flight and a second daily San Francisco-Seoul flight.
Qatar’s Plan To Buy American Stake Came As A Surprise 
In a letter to employees, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said the development was “puzzling,” and that American was not “particularly excited” about the news.
Qatar Airways Wants To Invest In American Airlines 
American Airlines said Qatar Airways wants to buy around a 10% stake in the U.S. carrier, opening a new chapter in a bitter trade dispute that has raged between U.S. and Gulf carriers for years.
Air Service Unaffected By New U.S. Policy Toward Cuba 
The Trump administration has not completely barred visits to the island.
Southwest To Operate 18 Daily International Flights From FLL 
A new concourse, a joint project between Southwest and Broward County, Florida, is expected to open later this month.
IATA Warns Airlines Face Growing Cost Challenges 
Although the global outlook for airline profits remains positive, rising fuel and labor costs could dampen future results.
Mesa And Union Reach Tentative Agreement 
Mesa Airlines pilots have reached a tentative agreement with management that includes pay increases, enhanced retirement benefits and more vacation accrual, the Air Line Pilots Associatio said.
No ‘Imminent’ New Mergers Seen In U.S. Airline Industry 
Further airline industry consolidation is unlikely in the U.S. in the near future, but carriers may seek to grow through joint ventures or investments in foreign airlines, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Volaris Embarks On Ambitious International Route Expansion 
Mexican LCC Volaris is planning to double the number of international routes it operates in the next five years.
Analysts: Digitization Next Step In Airline Transformation 
U.S. airlines have emerged from years of losses and bankruptcy to being among the most profitable in the world, but rising costs could derail them from this trajectory unless further transformation happens, consultants say.
Australia To Host 74th IATA AGM 
Qantas will be the host airline.
Hayes, Dunkerley Say Open Skies Must Be Protected 
The CEOs of two smaller U.S. airlines are resolute in their continuing support for U.S. open skies policy.
IATA: Air Cargo Shows Signs Of Tentative Recovery 
The air-cargo industry, buffeted by the 2008 global financial crisis, is beginning a slow climb to returning to historic norms of growth, the IATA said at its Annual General Meeting here.
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JetBlue Sees Opening In Transatlantic Premium Market 
JetBlue could convert some of its Airbus A321neo orders to A321LRs when that type becomes available in 2019, CEO Robin Hayes told Aviation Daily at the IATA Annual General Meeting here.
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