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: Mexico City Slots Should Go To U.S. LCC 
In a strongly worded supplemental filing with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT), Southwest defended its position that any slot divestitures should go to a U.S. based LCC and not to American—a mainline carrier—or to Mexican LCC Volaris.
American Airlines Taps Mohan For Alliances Position
American Airlines has named former Vivalatinamerica CEO Joe Mohan to the post of vice president–alliances and partnerships, effective Aug. 15.
Southwest Board Supports Kelly After Unions’ No-Confidence Vote 
Southwest Airlines’ board of directors is standing behind CEO Gary Kelly and Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven.
Airlines Respond To Latin America Demand With Network Adjustments 
Airlines are reacting to continuing demand softness in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela by reallocating capacity away from those countries.
Southwest Focuses On ‘Rich’ California Market 
Southwest Airlines is betting big on California, which proclaims itself “The Golden State,” while dismissing the potential threat posed by the proposed Virgin America-Alaska Airlines merger.
Four Southwest Unions Call For CEO, COO To Resign 

SAN FRANCISCO—Four Southwest Airlines unions are calling for the resignations of CEO Gary Kelly and Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven, citing what they call “leadership failures.”                                                             

Spirit’s Akron Expansion Questioned By Analysts 
Spirit Airlines’ move to expand in Akron, Ohio, has raised some eyebrows on Wall Street, but the carrier says it is confident.
American Objects To Delta Winning Minneapolis–Haneda 
American Airlines said the Transportation Department’s (DOT) award of a daytime Minneapolis–Tokyo Haneda flight to Delta Air Lines does not serve the public interest.
Spirit Faces Lower Yields, Slower International Demand 
Spirit Airlines says demand for its leisure fares remain high, as do load factors, but yields in the second quarter were lower than expected.
Allegiant To Buy New A320s 
Allegiant Air is breaking with its longstanding practice of buying older aircraft with an order for 12 new Airbus A320s.
Podcast: Very Large Jets on Life Support
Our editors discuss why demand for Boeing 747s and Airbus A380s has slowed to a trickle, and explain how new narrowbody airplanes could shake up the trans-Atlantic airline market.
Brussels To Take Action On NAI, NUK Delays By U.S. 
The European Commission (EC) has warned the U.S. government to be more aggressive in resolving the impasse over foreign air carrier permits for Norwegian Air International (NAI) and Norwegian UK (NUK).
Southwest Sticks To Capacity Growth Plans 
Southwest Airlines’ second-quarter capacity grew by 4.8%, and the carrier has no plans to back down from its anticipated 5-6% capacity growth for this year, despite concerns expressed by Wall Street analysts.
DOT Grants FedEx Miami–Matanzas Route 
The Transportation Department (DOT) has granted FedEx the route authority for five-times-weekly, all-cargo service between Miami and Matanzas, Cuba.
Unions Claim Victory As DOT Denies NUK Exemption 
The Transportation Department (DOT) denied Norwegian U.K.’s (NUK) exemption to fly to the U.S., but has not yet ruled on the carrier’s permanent foreign air carrier permit.

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