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.

Southwest Requests Extension For Havana Flights 
Southwest Airlines asked the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) for more time to start Havana flights and thus joined a growing number of carriers that have requested extensions for starting service to the Cuban capital.
Latin America Glows For American Airlines 
Mexico remains a bright spot, and Venezuela is contributing to unit revenues, Robert Isom said.
JetBlue Urges DOT To Act On NAI Application 
JetBlue Airways has made a forceful argument for why the U.S. DOT's delay in approving Norwegian Air International’s application to serve the U.S. could harm the interests of U.S. carriers seeking to fly to the EU.
White House Reveals New Airline Rules 
The Obama administration has unveiled a number of consumer-oriented new rules to boost competition in the U.S. airline industry—but airline groups were quick to warn these could potentially re-regulate the industry.
United, Jet Time Apply For Codeshare Approval 
United Airlines and Danish regional carrier Jet Time have applied to the U.S. Transportation Department for codeshare approvals.
DOT Approves WestJet–LATAM Peru Codeshare Agreement 
The U.S. DOT has granted permission to Canadian LCC WestJet and its Encore subsidiary to codeshare with LATAM Peru for flights via Canada to the U.S. and beyond.
Southwest Sets Date For Havana Service 
Southwest Airlines will launch its Havana service Dec. 12, with flights originating from both Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida.
American Reaches Tentative Agreement With Instructors
SAN FRANCISCO—American Airlines and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) have struck a tentative contract for the carrier’s flight crew training and simulator instructors.
Southwest, Union Reach Deal For Aircraft-Detailing Workers 
Southwest Airlines and several of its unions have reached tentative agreements recently, the latest with the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), which represents the airline’s aircraft appearance technicians.
Skywest Block-Hours Illustrate Evolving Fleet Mix 
U.S. regional airline company SkyWest Inc. reported 10.2% fewer block-hours flown by its 50-seat, single-class fleet in September, compared to the same month a year earlier. However, its larger dual-class fleet recorded 2.4% more block-hours for the month.
New Delta Deal ‘Changes Landscape’ For Southwest Pilots  3
Southwest Airlines pilots are expected to vote on a new contract this month, despite concerns that a new deal at Delta Air Lines would boost pilot pay at that airline above Southwest’s.
American Airlines Executes On Merger Promises  28
While the sunsetting of the US Airways brand is the most public change from its merger with American, most of the work of integration happened behind the scenes and in fact is continuing.
Frontier Pilots Seek Federal Mediation 
Frontier Airlines pilots have requested federal mediation in their negotiations with the carrier’s management, in a quest for what the union says is “industry-standard” terms for its members.
Southwest Flight Attendants To Vote On New Contract 
Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556 leadership, which represents Southwest Airlines flight attendants, is sending a tentative agreement to union members for a ratification vote, the union said.
Allegiant: Newark Routes Aimed At Leisure Travelers 
Allegiant Air’s service to Newark Liberty International Airport, launching in November, is its attempt to reach what Chief Operating Officer Jude Bricker says is the “top leisure destination” in the U.S.: New York City.

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