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.

Mexican LCCs Target Luxury Bus Traffic 
Low-cost carriers in Mexico are already outpacing legacy airlines, but want to grow the overall market by enticing bus passengers to fly and save time, at competitive fares.
Pilots Next Move In Southwest Airlines Agreement 

The fate of an agreement between Southwest Airlines and the board of the pilots union is now in the pilots’ hands.

Southwest Hedges A ‘Drag’ On Fuel Price 
Southwest Airlines will hedge 65% of its fuel in the third quarter and as of now has about 40% of its fuel needs for 2016 hedged, a higher percentage than most of its peers in today’s low-fuel-price climate.
Delta, American CEOs Brief Kerry On Open Skies 
Delta CEO Richard Anderson and American CEO Doug Parker met with Kerry and Catherine Novelli, undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment on Sept. 17.
Why Lifting U.S. Oil Exports Could Benefit Airlines 1
Do airlines much care if the ban on U.S. oil exports is removed? So far, most carriers have avoided entanglement in the debate.
Oil Export Ban Could Lower Airlines’ Fuel Bill, Analysts Say 
Congress is weighing whether to lift the U.S. ban on crude oil exports, which may affect the price airlines pay for fuel.
Hawaiian’s A321neos Will Free A330s For International Expansion 
Hawaiian Airlines will begin redeploying its Airbus A330s on U.S. West Coast-Hawaii flights when the 16 Airbus A321neos it has on order begin arriving in 2017.
Japan May Allow Daytime Flights To U.S. From Haneda 
The Japanese government may lift some of the restrictions on flights between the U.S. and Tokyo Haneda Airport, and could offer seventh-freedom cargo rights to U.S. carriers.
American Solicits Pitches From Four Agencies 
American Airlines has selected four advertising agencies to compete for its global account.
American Sees Growth In Asia 

Acknowledging that American Airlines is behind its rivals in the Asia-Pacific region, CFO Derek Kerr says the carrier plans to focus its growth across the Pacific. “That’s where our hole is,” he told investors at the Cowen & Co. transportation conference. Latin America—where American historically has been dominant—remains weak. Brazil’s economy shows no immediate signs of improving, and Venezuela remains a problem. The Caribbean network, however, is performing well, Kerr said.

For Latin America, A New Airline—Every Year 
VivaLatinamerica, with two regional carriers already launched, is aiming at Central America as its next Viva brand and looking forward to further expansion.
Southwest, Pilots Reach Agreement In Principle 
Southwest Airlines and its pilots union have reached an “agreement in principle” that must now be reviewed by the union’s board.
VivaLatinamerica Details Strategies For Reaching ‘Unbanked’ 
VivaLatinamerica will leverage the lessons it’s learned reaching the “unbanked” in Mexico and Colombia as it expands throughout Central and South America, CEO Joseph Mohan said.
SWAPA: Gulf Carrier Expansion Will Hurt U.S. Pilot Jobs 
Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Union (SWAPA) thinks the Persian Gulf airlines’ rapid global growth could spell doom for U.S. pilots’ job prospects if left unchecked.
Las Vegas Looks To South America, Asia For New Air Service 
Brazil, Colombia, Japan and China are on Las Vegas McCarran International Airport’s shortlist of nonstop markets the airport would like to add.

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