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.

SF Bay Area Airports Affected By Wildfires 
Commercial and general aviation operations at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS) have been severely disrupted, as fires came within 5 mi. of the facility.
SF Bay Area Aviation Affected By Wildfires 
Wildfires in California’s Napa and Sonoma counties have caused hundreds of flight cancellations at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) since the fires began earlier this week.
FedEx CEO Affirms Support For Open Skies 
Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx, reiterated his company’s strong support for U.S. open skies policy, even as it comes under assault through a renewed lobbying campaign by those opposed to the Gulf airlines’ access to the U.S.
Open Skies Battle Comes Back To Boil  5
Everyone is waiting to see how the Trump administration will handle this long-simmering controversy.
American, China Southern Apply For Expanded Codesharing 
American Airlines and China Southern are applying for beyond-gateway codesharing on flights between the U.S. and China.
Hurricanes Pound Delta Margin Guidance 
Delta Air Lines said Hurricane Irma, which struck the Southeast U.S. in September, could affect its results by $120 million, knocking 1% off the carrier’s third-quarter margin guidance.
WestJet Dives Into Canada’s ULCC Sector 
WestJet’s new ultra-LCC subsidiary has a name—Swoop.
Northwest Airlines Boeing 747-400.
Two U.S. Airlines Detail Final 747 Flights 
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have revealed plans for events to commemorate the retirement of the Boeing 747s.
Hayes: Legacy Carriers Stymie JetBlue’s Growth 
JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes has given a spirited defense of the role smaller carriers play in the international airline market, while condemning what he called anticompetitive behavior by the three large U.S. legacy carriers.
United Plans Houston-Sydney Flights 
United Airlines plans to launch year-round, daily Houston-Sydney service on Jan. 18, using Boeing 787-9s.
Delta Reduces Third-Quarter Revenue, Margin Projections 
Delta Air Lines has revised its third-quarter projection for passenger revenue per available seat-mile to 2-3% from a previously forecast of 2.5-4.5%.
Southwest Shores Up Dominant California Position, Adds 737 MAX 
The U.S. carrier will expand range with the 737-8 aircraft, fitted with 175 passenger seats in a single-class configuration.
Hawaiian Airlines: Our Core Focus Is The Leisure Traveler 
Hawaiian Airlines has not been hurt by the consolidation of U.S. carriers and sees opportunities as the industry concentrates, says an executive of the airline.
Southwest Boosts California Routes, Gets First MAX 
Southwest Airlines is boosting its California route network, especially in San Jose and Sacramento.
Alaska To Operate VX A320s Through 2020s 
Alaska Airlines will keep the Airbus A320 fleet it got through its acquisition of Virgin America for at least 10 more years, an executive with the carrier told Aviation Daily.
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