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.

Lobbying Against Gulf Carriers May Be To No Effect 
Airlines and groups that have alleged some Gulf carriers are subsidized are changing the message from opposition to compromise.
Lawmakers Urge U.S. Government To Begin Consultations On Gulf Carriers’ Access 
In a letter to the two cabinet secretaries, the lawmakers say the capacity Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways are adding to the U.S. is subsidized and “in direct contravention to the U.S. open skies policy.
U.S. Carriers Change The Message And Urge Talks With Qatar, UAE 14
Americans for Fair Skies wants the U.S. government to discuss a “trade dispute” with UAE and Qatar.
China Remains Asian Market’s Largest Near-Term Growth Opportunity 
Much of the growth between China and the U.S. will come from leisure traffic, as inbound tourism to the U.S. becomes more accessible to the Chinese middle class, Air China Vice President-North America Zhihang Chi said.
Fleet Changes To Help United Maintain Capacity Discipline 
During the company’s first-quarter earnings call, executives at the Chicago-based airline explained previously announced news that United and Boeing have struck a deal to exchange 10 Boeing 787 orders for 10 777-300ERs.
Southwest Adding Capacity Through Upgauging, Utilization 
The increased capacity was not in response to lower oil prices changing the carrier’s strategy, Southwest leadership told analysts during the company’s first-quarter earnings call April 23. The carrier plans to keep its fleet at around 700 aircraft, CEO Gary Kelly said.
Airline CEOs Disappointed U.S. Has Not Frozen Gulf Carrier Capacity 38
Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek wrote to the secretaries of State, Commerce and Transportation, expressing alarm that the Gulf carriers have added new flights to the U.S. in the 10 weeks since they first asked the government to investigate the subsidies case.
San Jose Raises Perimeter Fence 
The currently 6-ft.-tall perimeter fence is being raised to 10 ft., topped by one foot of barbed wire, Rosemary Barnes, SJC public information manager, told Aviation Daily.
Emirates Asks U.S. Government To Release Documents 1
Earlier this month, the U.S. departments of State, Commerce and Transportation (DOT) invited comments from interested parties on both the subsidies case and whether the U.S. government should begin consultations with the governments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar on the issue.
Iberia And BA Leave AEA In Clash Over Gulf Carriers 3
In the worst clash so far among European airlines over how to deal with the Persian Gulf carriers, Iberia and BA left industry-lobby group Association of European Airlines at the end of March.
American, Hawaiian Urge DOT Not To Water Down Delta Haneda Conditions 
DOT allowed Delta to retain the coveted slots for flights from Seattle, but imposed a condition that the Atlanta-based carrier operate the route daily, requiring it to ask for a waiver if it intended to suspend service for any two days in a seven-day period. Delta called this condition unreasonable and unprecedented, and urged the DOT to reconsider the rule (Aviation Daily, April 10).
Delta’s Strong First Quarter Despite Currency, Hedging Costs 
The strong dollar is both a headwind and a tailwind for Delta, CEO Richard Anderson told analysts during the company’s first-quarter earnings call on April 15. On the one hand, the strength of the dollar has dampened demand and reduced international revenues.
U.S. Government Invites Comments On Gulf Carriers’ Subsidies 
Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines, along with several of their unions, circulated a report earlier this year showing the three Gulf carriers have received more than $42 billion in market-distorting government subsidies over the last decade, a charge the Gulf carriers vehemently deny (Aviation Daily, March 6).
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