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 Boosts California Routes, Gets First MAX 
Southwest Airlines is boosting its California route network, especially in San Jose and Sacramento.
Alaska To Operate VX A320s Through 2020s 
Alaska Airlines will keep the Airbus A320 fleet it got through its acquisition of Virgin America for at least 10 more years, an executive with the carrier told Aviation Daily.
Allegiant To Retire MD-80s And 757s, Quit Hawaii Service 
Allegiant Air is in the process of retiring its 43 remaining MD-80s and should see the last ones exiting the fleet in 18 months, an airline executive told Aviation Daily.
American: Transatlantic LCCs Have ‘Material’ Effect On Fares 
American Airlines is responding to transatlantic LCCs with an unbundled “basic economy” product, an executive for the carrier told Aviation Daily in an interview here.
Delta Reiterates Call For JV Approval 
Delta called JetBlue’s request for more review a “transparent attempt to delay the [DOT’s] review of the recently executed joint venture agreement between Delta and Korean Air.”
Delta To Begin JFK-Lagos Flights 
Delta Air Lines plans to initiate service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Lagos, Nigeria, in March.
DOT Grants American’s Beijing Request 
The U.S. Transportation Department has granted American Airlines’ request for an extension to begin its daily Los Angeles-Beijing flights.
JetBlue Reiterates Objection To Delta-Korean Air Relationship 
JetBlue Airways is once again asking for a complete review of a proposed Delta Air Lines-Korean Air revenue-sharing joint venture.
American To Start Three New European Routes 
American Airlines will launch three new seasonal leisure routes in Europe in 2018 to meet what the carrier calls growing demand for travel to Europe.
Atlas Air Supports NUK Approval 
Cargo carrier Atlas Air forcefully rejected unions’ objections to the U.S. Transportation Department’s approving a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian UK.
United To Add Paine Field Flights 
United Airlines is adding six daily flights between Paine Field, 23 mi. north of Seattle, and the carrier’s hubs in Denver and San Francisco.
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Regional GDP Growth Fuels Copa’s 2Q 
Latin America has returned to economic growth after two years of recession. Currencies in the region have stabilized, with fewer of the exchange-rate fluctuations that characterized the two years prior to 2017.
Pekoske Sworn In As TSA Chief 
David Pekoske on Aug. 10 was sworn in as the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) seventh administrator.
Alaska Works To Build California Brand Presence 

The carrier recently created a new position to build its presence , naming Annabel Chang as vice president-Bay Area. Chang formerly worked for the San Francisco-based rides-haring company Lyft.

Labor Objects To NUK Approval 
Labor groups have reiterated their objection to the U.S. Transportation Department tentatively approving a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian UK.
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