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.

Volaris Focuses On VFR, Leisure In Central America 
The Mexican LCC recently launched flights to Guatemala, and in September it will begin flying to San Juan, Costa Rica.
IATA Chief Tyler To Step Down 
IATA Director General Tony Tyler will step down in June 2016, after five years at the top of the organization.
Southwest Pilots Union Calls For Consultations With UAE, Qatar 
The move puts the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) slightly at odds with the carrier, which is remaining neutral in this fight.
British Airways To Begin London-San Jose Flights 
The carrier will operate the flight with 216-seat Boeing 787-9s, configured with eight first-class seats, 42 business-class seats, 39 seats in premium economy, and 127 seats in economy class.
U.S. Carriers Claim Etihad Got Additional Funds In 2014 
The Partnership for Fair & Open Skies—a group comprising Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and several labor groups—said Abu Dhabi has given Etihad annual cash infusions since 2007, but last year the total government investment in Etihad reached a record $5 billion.
FedEx, ALPA Reach Tentative Agreement 
Details of the new agreement will not be released until the FedEx ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC) has reviewed and approved the new contract, the union and FedEx said.
ALPA: U.S. Government Should Start Open Skies Consultations With UAE, Qatar  5
The U.S. should engage Qatar and the UAE in consultations over open skies agreements, Air Line Pilots Association President Tim Canoll says.
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BTC Forcefully Rejects Lufthansa’s GDS Surcharge 
BTC is representing the interests of 135 travel buyers, consumer groups, industry associations and travel agencies in the U.S. and EU.
American Airlines new tail livery
American To Begin Flying A321s On LAX-Hawaii Routes 
By December, the A321s will replace Boeing 757s that currently operate the routes.
FAA Investigates Dallas Over Love Field Access 
Dependent on FAA findings, Dallas could “be found ineligible to receive new FAA grants and payments under existing grants until the matter is resolved,” the agency wrote in a Notice of Investigation.
Polynesian Applies For U.S. Cabotage Route In American Samoa 
The route is believed to be the only cabotage route allowed by the U.S. government, Charles F. Donley, acting as counsel for Polynesian, told Aviation Daily.
U.S. Industry Keeps July Capacity In Check 
The four carriers warned, however, that third-quarter unit revenues could be lower than the same period last year—a development some analysts deem could be too conservative.
FedEx: Consultations On Open Skies A Risky Gambit 
The State, Commerce and Transportation Departments closed the docket on Aug. 3, but the public is welcome to comment on any existing documents until Aug. 24.

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