Madhu Unnikrishnan

Madhu
Unnikrishnan
Editor-In-Chief,
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 Aviationweek.com 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.

Articles
NUK Requests Expedited Approval From DOT 
Norwegian UK (NUK) is asking the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) to expedite its application for a foreign air carrier permit and, in the meantime, grant it a two-year exemption to serve the U.S.
American-Qantas DOT Docket Closed, Not Vacated 
The U.S. Transportation Department is allowing American Airlines and Qantas to withdraw their application for an expanded partnership without vacating the ruling.
Airlines Struggle To Match Cuba Capacity With Demand  1
U.S. airlines' new services to Cuba still underutilized as tourism faces obstacles, but carriers remain confident about the future.
Southwest Airlines arrives Dec. 13 at Jose Marti International Airport.
Southwest ‘Confident’ About Cuba Market 
Southwest Airlines did not foresee flying to Cuba at the beginning of 2016, but jumped on the opportunity to apply for flights as soon as it could earlier this year.
Overturning NAI Approval Could Prove Difficult 
Labor groups have promised to challenge U.S. approval of a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International, which would set a precedent if the order were overturned.
Trump Administration’s Aviation Policies Still Unknown  5
Although the U.S. president-elect has said airports are an area of concern and need investment, how his administration will carry out his plans remains to be seen.
Norwegian Accelerates Long-haul Expansion After U.S. Ruling 
Following a two-year application process and a heated debate, NAI’s foreign air carrier permit is finally approved by the U.S. Transportation Department.
American Agrees On Closing Qantas ATI Proceeding 
Although American Airlines and Qantas have withdrawn their application for an expanded transpacific partnership, two smaller U.S. carriers have signaled to the DOT that it should reject a request to vacate the order.
Washington Insider Selected For Transportation Secretary  4
Elaine Chao, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice for Transportation secretary, is the ultimate Beltway veteran, but her positions on current aviation issues are largely a mystery.
Trump Chooses Elaine Chao As Transportation Secretary 
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s expected choice of Elaine Chao to lead the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) signals the incoming administration is committed to his pledge to spend up to $1 trillion on infrastructure, and that could be good news for the aviation industry.
DOT Approves NAI Over Labor’s Protests 
Reaction to the U.S. Transportation Department’s (DOT) Dec. 2 approval of Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) foreign air carrier permit was swift, loud and predictable.
DOT Approves Norweigan Air Foreign Air Carrier Permit 
The U.S. Transportation Department ended a long-running saga by finally approving Norwegian Air International’s foreign air carrier permit.
Chao’s Views On Infrastructure And Labor Remain Unknown  1
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Elaine Chao as U.S. transportation secretary is being met with optimism by the airline industry, and cautious optimism by organized labor.
Trump Nominates Elaine Chao As Transportation Secretary 
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s expected choice of Elaine Chao to lead the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) signals the incoming administration is committed to his pledge to spend up to $1 trillion on infrastructure, and that could be good news for the aviation industry.
Trump Chooses Elaine Chao As Transportation Secretary 
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s expected choice of Elaine Chao to lead the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) signals the incoming administration is committed to his pledge to spend up to $1 trillion on infrastructure, and that could be good news for the aviation industry.
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