Madhu Unnikrishnan

Madhu
Unnikrishnan
Editor-In-Chief,
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 Aviationweek.com 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.

Articles
American Wins Los Angeles–Beijing Route 
American Airlines previously said it would begin flying the route in December, but the timing of the DOT selection process likely pushes the start date to 2017.
Southwest Pilots Approve New Contract 
Southwest Airlines pilots voted, 84% to 16%, to approve the tentative contract approved by management and union leadership in August.
Will Copa’s Bold Ultra-Low-Cost Expansion Plan Succeed?  6
Plan to create “an airline within an airline” could be a model – if it works.
Southwest Flight Attendants Vote Yes On Contract 
Flight attendants represented by Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556 voted 54% in favor of the two-year deal.
Pilots’ Contract To Drive Up Allegiant Air 4Q Costs 
Allegiant Air expects fourth-quarter unit costs to rise significantly due to increased labor and maintenance costs.
Growing ULCCs Challenge Southwest Yields 
Southwest Airlines will slow capacity growth in 2017 to combat lower yields due to increased competition from U.S.-based ultra-LCCs.
Spirit Won’t Rule Out Aircraft Besides A320  17
Spirit Airlines plans to stick with its ambitious capacity growth plans at least until 2019, after which it will evaluate whether it will add another aircraft type to its fleet.
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.
Wingo Addresses Copa’s Colombia Product ‘Mismatch’ 
Wingo will be an ultra-LCC with an unbundled service offering, compared to Copa, which offers two classes of service; free meals; drinks and checked bags.
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.
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