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.

Electronics Bans Could Shift Traffic From Gulf Carriers 
The ban on inflight use of large electronics announced this week by the U.S. and UK could have a chilling effect on the business travel over Middle East hubs, and could shift lucrative traffic to European carriers, analysts said.
Munoz: United Focusing On Domestic Network 
United Airlines needs to focus on the domestic market, as it has lost market share to several other airlines, CEO Oscar Munoz acknowledged.
Delta ‘Committed’ To Refinery; Upgauging Fleet 
The carrier is focused on keeping unit cost growth between 2–3% per year, CFO Paul Jacobson said.
American’s LA-Beijing Startup Delayed For Six Months 
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) has granted American Airlines’ request to delay the start of its proposed Los Angeles-Beijing service until Sept. 16.
Alaska Airlines Embraer 175.
Alaska Airlines Announces SF Bay Area Routes 
The routes dramatically increase the combined carrier’s reach into the midwestern U.S.
Delta Focusing On Expanding Margins 
Delta Air Lines is keeping systemwide capacity flat this year as it seeks to improve its operating margins, Chief Financial Officer Paul Jacobson told an investor conference this week.
American Airlines Pilots’ Union Files Grievance 
American Airlines’ pilots union is asking for third-party arbitration to resolve what the union says are violations of pilot-fatigue regulations.
Allegiant Launches Mid-Continent Routes 
Allegiant Air is launching five new routes, connecting mid-North American cities with holiday destinations in Florida and South Carolina, as well as to Los Angeles.
United Adds SFO-Munich Service 
The carrier also is upgauging one of its Newark-Tel Aviv flights to a Boeing 777-300ER, equipped with the new Polaris premium product.
Allegiant Air Preparing For International Route Launches 
Allegiant operates an in-house reservations system, and is currently updating the software in order to handle international routes and foreign currency sales.
Immigration Bypass Aids InterCaribbean’s Traffic Flow 
A new immigration bypass at Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands is helping InterCaribbean Airways achieve its goal of becoming a larger connecting airline in the region.
Alaska Airlines Builds Oregon, California Networks 
Alaska Airlines is shifting its strategy in Portland, Oregon, to give its second-largest hub a more national network, an executive at the airline said.
Las Vegas Targets Asia For Future Routes 
Two months of Beijing-Las Vegas service has whetted Las Vegas’ appetite for more flights to China and elsewhere in Asia.
Southwest Works To Increase Foreign Points Of Sale 
Increasing foreign points of sale will be a focus for Southwest Airlines as it expands its international network.
Aeromar Plans 40% Capacity Growth 
Mexican regional operator Aeromar will add two U.S. destinations in the next 6–8 months, CEO Andres Fabre said.
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