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.

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.
Allegiant To Retire MD-80s And 757s, Quit Hawaii Service 
Allegiant Air is in the process of retiring its 43 remaining MD-80s and should see the last ones exiting the fleet in 18 months, an airline executive told Aviation Daily.
American: Transatlantic LCCs Have ‘Material’ Effect On Fares 
American Airlines is responding to transatlantic LCCs with an unbundled “basic economy” product, an executive for the carrier told Aviation Daily in an interview here.
Delta Reiterates Call For JV Approval 
Delta called JetBlue’s request for more review a “transparent attempt to delay the [DOT’s] review of the recently executed joint venture agreement between Delta and Korean Air.”
Delta To Begin JFK-Lagos Flights 
Delta Air Lines plans to initiate service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Lagos, Nigeria, in March.
DOT Grants American’s Beijing Request 
The U.S. Transportation Department has granted American Airlines’ request for an extension to begin its daily Los Angeles-Beijing flights.
JetBlue Reiterates Objection To Delta-Korean Air Relationship 
JetBlue Airways is once again asking for a complete review of a proposed Delta Air Lines-Korean Air revenue-sharing joint venture.
American To Start Three New European Routes 
American Airlines will launch three new seasonal leisure routes in Europe in 2018 to meet what the carrier calls growing demand for travel to Europe.
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