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.

U.S. Airlines Lead World For Inflight Wi-Fi 
The site calculates availability on the total number of available “flight miles,” and by that metric, Routehappy says 66% of flights operated by U.S. carriers have some sort of installed Wi-Fi. This compares with 24% of worldwide flight miles.
Washington Governor Argues For Delta To Retain Haneda Slots 
At issue are the slots Delta holds, which American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines argue the Atlanta-based carrier is operating flights at a bare minimum to avoid triggering a 90-day dormancy rule
American Hews To Capacity Plans Despite Low Oil Prices 
The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier is lowering its full-year capacity guidance by half a percentage point, to 2-3% growth this year.
Southwest: 2015 Strategy Will Not Change Due To Lower Fuel Costs 
The Dallas-based carrier is predicting an economic fuel cost of $1.90 per gallon of jet fuel in the first quarter of this year, a 40% drop from the same period in 2014.
American, Hawaiian Grab For Delta’s Haneda Slots 
In competing filings with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT), the three carriers lay out their cases for why they should be awarded—or in Delta’s case, allowed to retain—the slots.
American: Pilot Pay Could Increase By $650 Million This Year 
American and Allied Pilots Association (APA) leadership reached an agreement during marathon negotiating sessions which began in late December and ran into the new year.
FAA Proposes New Rules For Slots At New York-Area Airports 
The agency is inviting comments from stakeholders on the slot utilization and secondary-market proposals.
U.S.-EU To Discuss NAI During Joint Committee Meeting In Washington 
Adding NAI’s application to the Joint Committee agenda for the Jan. 28 meeting in Washington, D.C., signals just how serious the issue has become.
American Applies For Haneda Slots To Begin Service From LAX 
The application follows American’s filing with DOT last year that argued Delta was operating the Seattle flights infrequently, only enough to prevent triggering a 90-day dormancy provision that would have allowed DOT to seize the slots.
Southwest Retires AirTran Brand 
The route commemorated AirTran’s first flight in 1993 and was operated with a Boeing 717, an aircraft type which Southwest had inherited from AirTran and is removing from the integrated fleet.
Jan 26, 2015

New Photos: Chilled Lightning 3

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 26, 2015

Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 3

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015

When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015

10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More
Jan 21, 2015

Peru Goes Dutch For SAR Helicopters

Peru will buy three used AB-412 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters from the Netherlands, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert informed parliament Jan. 19....More
Jan 20, 2015

Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

It was not a long weekend like it was in the States, but I felt the presence of the Belgian army on the streets of Brussels Jan. 17 when I saw a Light Multirole Vehicle bristling with antennas turn the corner on Rue Royale and drive past the parliament....More
Jan 20, 2015

RNLAF F-35s Go To Edwards Air Force Base

Two Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35s flew to Edwards Air Force Base Jan. 16 for the operational test and evaluation phase....More

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