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.

Aeromexico To Focus On Increasing Connecting Traffic 
Aeromexico is differentiating itself from the proliferation of low-cost carriers (LCCs) in the Mexican airline market by promoting connectivity over its Mexico City and Monterrey hubs to Central and South America.
ALPA Asks Congress To Change Ex-Im Bank Widebody Financing Policy 
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) is renewing its call on Congress to prevent the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) from providing loan guarantees to what the union says are “state-owned” and “creditworthy” foreign airlines.
Drop In Oil Prices Means An Airline Profitability Boost Now, But... 3
From hedging strategies to equipment choices to routes and capacity, the implications of current fuel prices are not as straightforward as one might think.
Delta, Emirates Exchange Barbs As Open Skies Battle Intensifies 
Anderson—along with his counterparts at United Airlines and American Airlines—are asking for an immediate capacity freeze on carriers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar.
Delta Pays $1.1 Billion In Profit Sharing 

Delta Air Lines will pay its employees $1.1 billion in 2014 profit-sharing, a record for the airline industry, the carrier says. Individual payouts will near two months’ salary for most employees. “It is essential for our employees to have an ownership stake in our business and share in the record-breaking achievements they helped create,” CEO Richard Anderson said. Delta has 80,000 employees worldwide. 

Copa Faces Economic Headwinds In Central, South America 
The carrier, which historically has had double-digit capacity growth, forecasts adding a net of two aircraft this year.
ACI-NA Argues Consumer, Airport Benefits From Open Skies Policy 
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) is throwing its support behind the U.S. open skies policy, despite calls from major carriers and organized labor for the government to rethink air service liberalization.
American Details Routes For First 787 
American Airlines will begin operating its first Boeing 787-8 on May 7, on a domestic route between Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport, but the carrier will quickly shift the aircraft to international flying in June.
ALPA, U.S. Airlines Object To NAI Ex-Im Financing 
Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) opponents have opened a new front in their battle to keep the long-haul low-cost carrier from operating to the U.S. by objecting to the carrier’s loan guarantees from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) for aircraft purchases.
San Jose Eyes More Transcons, Flights To Asia 
Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is positioning itself as the airport of choice for Silicon Valley and has identified securing more nonstop transcontinental flights as a target for growth.
Former Surf Air CEO Starts East Coast Version, Beacon 
The start-up will differ from Surf Air, which operates a fleet of Pilatus PC-12 aircraft between the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas.
Delta, American And United CEOs Want Open-Skies Revision  1
The CEOs want the Obama administration to begin government-to-government negotiations with Qatar and the UAE to examine alleged subsidies and overcapacity on routes between the U.S. and those countries.
Southwest Focused On Existing Markets, New International Routes 
The new routes, which include flights to Memphis, Milwaukee and Seattle, were made possible by a new deal to sublease two gates at Love Field from United Airlines.
IATA, Venezuela Resume Talks 

DENVER—The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has resumed negotiations with Venezuela to repatriate the $3.6 billion the country owes the world’s airlines. The country ceased talking to IATA about this issue for nine months last year, and in that time, 27 airlines either drastically cut capacity or dropped service to Venezuela altogether, harming the ailing economy even further, Peter Cerda, IATA vice president-Americas, said.

Apr 25, 2015

Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015

Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 1

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015

Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015

Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
Apr 15, 2015

Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More

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