Madhu Unnikrishnan

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 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
Southwest Sees As Many As 50 Potential International Markets 
The carrier evaluates new international service through a number of criteria.
Southwest Must Cut Labor Costs To Keep Fares Low, CEO Says 
Southwest Airlines is committed to keeping its fares low, but in order to do so it must cut costs, with the bulk of those cost savings coming out of labor, CEO Gary Kelly says.
Delta 747 Retirements Will Bolster Asia Schedule Changes 
Delta Air Lines’s plans to “stand down” four Boeing 747-400s will see three leave the fleet by the end of the month as the carrier rejiggers its transpacific strategy, Chief Financial Officer Paul Jacobson told analysts.
 
“The 747 is a tough airplane, with its four engines and its large gauge,” Jacobson said at the recent Cowen & Co. conference.
Delta 747 Retirements Will Bolster Asia Schedule Changes 
“The 747 is a tough airplane, with its four engines and its large gauge,” Jacobson said at the recent Cowen & Co. conference.
Re-banking Will Yield Benefits For American, CFO Says 
Banked schedules create more possibilities for connecting traffic—increasing revenues from flow traffic over hubs—but are more expensive to run. Even during lull times between banks, airlines have to staff and run equipment for the busiest periods throughout the day. American has re-banked its schedule at Miami, with Chicago O’Hare and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) expected to follow next year.
DOT Decision On NAI Exemption Expected This Weekend 

The U.S. Transportation Department’s (DOT) statutory deadline for making a decision on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for an exemption to serve the U.S. is up this weekend, meaning a decision could be imminent. 

American: Asia Route Network Will Grow Stronger 

LAS VEGAS—American Airlines acknowledges Asia is a “weakness” in its network but points to recently launched routes to the continent and strong Oneworld alliance partnerships with Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific as factors that will make the U.S. carrier a stronger player in an increasingly important region.

American: Asia Route Network Will Grow Stronger 
Isom said that any weakness in Asia will be offset by the “strength of the U.S. network and our hubs.
DOT Decision On NAI Exemption Expected This Weekend 

The U.S. Transportation Department’s (DOT) statutory deadline for making a decision on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for an exemption to serve the U.S. is up this weekend, meaning a decision could be imminent. 

United Rolling Through A320 IFE Upgrades 
The carrier is deploying several IFE strategies, including traditional seat-back IFE systems and streaming content over the aircraft’s Wi-Fi system to personal devices, Jeff Foland, United executive vice president-marketing, said. Installation of the streaming entertainment system is “co-terminous” with installing Wi-Fi; the international 747 fleet has had the system installed as the fleet was upgraded with Wi-Fi, he said.
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