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.

Haywood Leaves United; Returning To Consultancy 
Julia Haywood is leaving United Airlines to return to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), just six months after she took the chief commercial officer job at the Chicago-based airline.
United Focused On Margin Expansion 
United Airlines has seen business bookings increase since the November U.S. presidential elections, but forecasting the behavior of the macro-economy remains difficult, executives said during the company’s fourth-quarter and full-year earnings call Jan. 18.
Veteran Aviation Daily Reporter Baumgarner Dies  1
James Baumgarner, a longtime Aviation Daily reporter, has died. He was 78.
Unions Petition Court To Overturn NAI Decision 
A coalition of unions has filed a petition in a U.S. federal court to overturn Norwegian Air International’s foreign air carrier permit.
Delta Boeing 747-400.
Delta Sees 2017 As ‘Transition’ Year 

Delta Air Lines is “very excited” about the infrastructure spending and tax plans put forward by President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration.

Kelly: No Plans For Retirement Anytime Soon 
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly dismissed questions that he is planning to retire soon, but he acknowledged that succession planning had a role in the appointment of Thomas Nealon as president.
United Accelerates 747 Retirements 
United Airlines will retire its Boeing 747-400 fleet by the fourth quarter of 2017, a year earlier than previously announced.
NUK’s U.S. Foreign Air Carrier Permit Still Pending 
The chorus of supporters and opponents of Norwegian’s plan to serve the U.S. via its UK subsidiary is growing louder in the waning days of President Barack Obama’s administration.
U.S. Airlines Could Continue Winning Streak In 2017 
It was not that long ago that experts wrote off the U.S. airline industry as moribund and skilled only at losing money.
U.S. Airlines: On A Roll Or Over The Peak? 
The U.S. airline sector has pretty much totally rebounded from the slump of the early years of this century. All sectors seem to be on even keel or thriving.
NUK Requests Expedited Approval From DOT 
Norwegian UK (NUK) is asking the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) to expedite its application for a foreign air carrier permit and, in the meantime, grant it a two-year exemption to serve the U.S.
American-Qantas DOT Docket Closed, Not Vacated 
The U.S. Transportation Department is allowing American Airlines and Qantas to withdraw their application for an expanded partnership without vacating the ruling.
Airlines Struggle To Match Cuba Capacity With Demand  1
U.S. airlines' new services to Cuba still underutilized as tourism faces obstacles, but carriers remain confident about the future.
Southwest Airlines arrives Dec. 13 at Jose Marti International Airport.
Southwest ‘Confident’ About Cuba Market 
Southwest Airlines did not foresee flying to Cuba at the beginning of 2016, but jumped on the opportunity to apply for flights as soon as it could earlier this year.
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