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 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.

American, Pilots Continue Talks On Contract Proposal, Counterproposal 
Management’s original proposal included a scope-rule change that would have added five seats to 70-seat regional jets, but that has been dropped.
ALPA Urges Senate To Pass Legislation Barring NAI 
In a letter to the U.S. Senate, Lee Moak, outgoing ALPA President, urged lawmakers to revisit the NAI issue during the lame-duck session before the incoming Congress is sworn in early next year.
New Visa Regulations Expected To Increase U.S.-China Travel 
President Barack Obama announced on Nov. 10 that from Nov. 12, Chinese citizens eligible for a U.S. non-immigrant, tourist visa will get 10-year, multiple entry visas, rather than the one-year visa currently issued.
APFA Members Reject Contract, Binding Arbitration Begins Next Month 
The contract will now be decided through binding arbitration, with a three-member panel to begin evaluating a new deal on Dec. 3.
Biggest U.S. Airlines Are Profitable—And Reluctant To Add Capacity  1
The nine largest publicly traded U.S. carriers made money in the quarter ended Sept. 30, with several reporting record or near-record earnings thanks to full cabins and lower fuel prices. But the industry is still largely very cautious about adding capacity to capitalize on the improved environment, even as lower fuel prices make once marginal routes more profitable. “We can’t count on $80 [per barrel] crude prices going forward,” warns Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly.
Hawaiian Will Apply For Haneda Rights If DOT Reallocates Slot 
In a filing with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT), Hawaiian counters American’s claims that it has not shown strong enough interest in Delta’s Haneda frequency.
American Makes Case For Why It Deserves Haneda Slot 
In a filing this week with the DOT, American reiterated that it believes Delta is squatting on its Haneda-route authorities by reducing frequencies to a bare minimum to keep the DOT from seizing the authority.
American To Integrate Loyalty Programs In Second Quarter, 2015 
The main focus now is combining the two systems, Suzanne Rubin, president of American’s loyalty programs, said Tuesday.
Jan 29, 2015

Supersonic Scoop (1947)

Aviation Week scored one of the biggest aerospace scoops of the 20th century when on December 22, 1947, it revealed that the fabled sound barrier had been broken by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager in the Bell XS-1....More
Jan 26, 2015

New Photos: Chilled Lightning 5

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 26, 2015

Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 3

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015

When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015

10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More
Jan 21, 2015

Peru Goes Dutch For SAR Helicopters

Peru will buy three used AB-412 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters from the Netherlands, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert informed parliament Jan. 19....More
Jan 20, 2015

Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

It was not a long weekend like it was in the States, but I felt the presence of the Belgian army on the streets of Brussels Jan. 17 when I saw a Light Multirole Vehicle bristling with antennas turn the corner on Rue Royale and drive past the parliament....More

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