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.

Low Fuel Prices Not Changing Fleet Or Network Plans—For Now 
The sharp drop in fuel prices, to under $2 per gallon of jet fuel, is too recent to effect change, and airlines are continuing to make their network and fleet plans based on crude oil prices of $100 per barrel, where they were for the bulk of last year.
U.S. Majors Cashing In On Cheap Oil, But Not Banking On It 
It’s business as usual for U.S. major carriers, as recent low fuel costs will not, as of now, factor into decisions regarding fleet and capacity.
American Airlines Pilot Approve Contract 

American Airlines’ pilots, represented by the Allied Pilots Association (APA), approved a five-year contract, and thus avoided binding arbitration stipulated by the American-US Airways merger agreement. Management and the union hammered out the new contract, which includes a 23% pay raise,  in late December, and union leadership submitted the contract for a vote by members earlier this month. With the deal,  all American and US Airways pilots will be  governed by the same contract.

Oakland Targets More Transcon Nonstops 
Oakland now has five weekly nonstop flights to New York operated by JetBlue Airways, and Southwest Airlines operates a daily flight to Baltimore.
U.S. Open Skies Policy Comes Under Scrutiny 5
In a letter to the secretaries of State, Commerce and Transportation obtained by The DAILY, Hayes expresses JetBlue’s “unwavering support” for the open skies regime.
U.S. Airlines Lead World For Inflight Wi-Fi 
The site calculates availability on the total number of available “flight miles,” and by that metric, Routehappy says 66% of flights operated by U.S. carriers have some sort of installed Wi-Fi. This compares with 24% of worldwide flight miles.
Washington Governor Argues For Delta To Retain Haneda Slots 
At issue are the slots Delta holds, which American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines argue the Atlanta-based carrier is operating flights at a bare minimum to avoid triggering a 90-day dormancy rule
American Hews To Capacity Plans Despite Low Oil Prices 
The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier is lowering its full-year capacity guidance by half a percentage point, to 2-3% growth this year.
Southwest: 2015 Strategy Will Not Change Due To Lower Fuel Costs 
The Dallas-based carrier is predicting an economic fuel cost of $1.90 per gallon of jet fuel in the first quarter of this year, a 40% drop from the same period in 2014.
American, Hawaiian Grab For Delta’s Haneda Slots 
In competing filings with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT), the three carriers lay out their cases for why they should be awarded—or in Delta’s case, allowed to retain—the slots.
American: Pilot Pay Could Increase By $650 Million This Year 
American and Allied Pilots Association (APA) leadership reached an agreement during marathon negotiating sessions which began in late December and ran into the new year.
FAA Proposes New Rules For Slots At New York-Area Airports 
The agency is inviting comments from stakeholders on the slot utilization and secondary-market proposals.
Mar 31, 2015

Operation Decisive Storm -- Air Power Over Yemen 2

A Saudi-led coalition of Middle Eastern and African states has started a major air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. We take a look at the air assets assembled for Operation Decisive Storm....More
Mar 27, 2015

U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015

Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015

Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015

NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015

SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015

Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More

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