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.

Babbitt To Retire After 50 Years In Airline Industry 
Southwest Airlines’ head of labor relations and former FAA administrator Randy Babbitt is to retire, the airline announced.
American Says It Will Fly DFW–HND And NRT If Awarded Slot 
The carrier says it will operate flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to both Haneda and Tokyo Narita airports.
American Insisting Delta Operate MSP–HND Year-Round 
American said the DOT should require Delta to operate the flight daily with the 291-seat Boeing 777, and that Delta should not be allowed to downgauge the size of the aircraft or deviate from a daily flight.
Spirit Names New Leaders For IT, Revenue Management 
Spirit Airlines is making a number of executive changes at the carrier, as new CEO Robert Fornaro settles into his job.
Kjos Bolsters NAI Case With European Transport Commissioner 
Norwegian Air International (NAI) is appealing to European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc to help the carrier make its case for starting U.S. service.
Southwest: Mexico City Slots Should Go To U.S. LCC 
In a strongly worded supplemental filing with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT), Southwest defended its position that any slot divestitures should go to a U.S. based LCC and not to American—a mainline carrier—or to Mexican LCC Volaris.
American Airlines Taps Mohan For Alliances Position
American Airlines has named former Vivalatinamerica CEO Joe Mohan to the post of vice president–alliances and partnerships, effective Aug. 15.
Southwest Board Supports Kelly After Unions’ No-Confidence Vote 
Southwest Airlines’ board of directors is standing behind CEO Gary Kelly and Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven.
Airlines Respond To Latin America Demand With Network Adjustments 
Airlines are reacting to continuing demand softness in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela by reallocating capacity away from those countries.
Southwest Focuses On ‘Rich’ California Market 
Southwest Airlines is betting big on California, which proclaims itself “The Golden State,” while dismissing the potential threat posed by the proposed Virgin America-Alaska Airlines merger.
Four Southwest Unions Call For CEO, COO To Resign 

SAN FRANCISCO—Four Southwest Airlines unions are calling for the resignations of CEO Gary Kelly and Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven, citing what they call “leadership failures.”                                                             

Spirit’s Akron Expansion Questioned By Analysts 
Spirit Airlines’ move to expand in Akron, Ohio, has raised some eyebrows on Wall Street, but the carrier says it is confident.
American Objects To Delta Winning Minneapolis–Haneda 
American Airlines said the Transportation Department’s (DOT) award of a daytime Minneapolis–Tokyo Haneda flight to Delta Air Lines does not serve the public interest.
Spirit Faces Lower Yields, Slower International Demand 
Spirit Airlines says demand for its leisure fares remain high, as do load factors, but yields in the second quarter were lower than expected.
Allegiant To Buy New A320s 
Allegiant Air is breaking with its longstanding practice of buying older aircraft with an order for 12 new Airbus A320s.

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