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.

Delta, Aeromexico File For Antitrust Immunity 
In a filing with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT), Delta says ATI would allow the two SkyTeam Alliance members to share revenues, codeshare on U.S.-Mexico routes, upgauge on transborder flights to increase traffic and efficiency, and coordinate schedules.
DOT Allows Delta To Retain Seattle-Haneda Slots With Conditions 
DOT took the unusual step of attaching conditions to Delta’s retaining the slots. DOT is requiring Delta to operate the Seattle-Haneda flights daily, and report the flight’s performance quarterly to the DOT.
Emirates’s Planned Orlando Service Stokes Fire Beneath Open-Skies Debate 
Americans for Fair Skies, a group led by former Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) President Lee Moak, is aligned in its message with a coalition of organized labor, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines to oppose the Gulf carriers’ expansion into the U.S.
Interjet Reapplies For Exemptions On Three U.S.-Mexico Routes
Mexican LCC Interjet is asking the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) for permission to operate flights between Mexico City and Miami, New York and San Antonio, Texas, flights the carrier operated until its authority “unintentionally” lapsed earlier this month.
France, Germany Protest Gulf Carrier Encroachment 12
European governments ponder new antisubsidy initiatives against Gulf carriers as Emirates and Etihad Airways lobby their cases in Washington.
Emirates’ Clark Rebuts Subsidy Claims 
“Open skies is probably the most powerful global aeropolitical tool,” Clark said, praising the U.S. government for negotiating liberalized treaties with more than 100 countries.
‘Enhanced Incentives’ Can Help Airports Win And Retain Air Service 
Traditional incentives—which include waiving landing fees and offering marketing support—are not enough. Nor is it enough for a city to base its assumptions on an economic-impact study showing how much revenue and economic activity a new route will generate for the airline and the community.
United Set To Start O’Hare Re-Banking 
The re-banking is part of a plan to improve operational reliability and profitability, CFO John Rainey told investors recently.
U.S. Carriers Call For Gulf Capacity Freeze, Ask Administration To Begin Talks With Qatar, UAE 
Representatives from the three major legacy U.S. carriers and their unions, ratcheting down demands to rip up the open skies deals with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), are asking the Obama administration to begin talks with the countries over alleged subsidies for Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates Airline.
Delta Promises Continued Capacity, Fleet-Planning Discipline 
Delta Air Lines will continue exercising capacity and fleet-planning discipline, despite the relatively flush times for the U.S. airline industry.
Volaris Focuses On International Growth, Ancillary Revenues 
Mexican ultra-low-cost-carrier (ULCC) Volaris attributes much of its fourth-quarter and full-year success to the growth of ancillary revenues, which now account for 21% of total operating revenues.
Norwegian’s U.S. Employees Urge NAI Approval 
Norwegian Air Shuttle’s (NAS) U.S.-based employees are urging the Obama administration to approve Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) foreign air carrier permit application, adding their voices to the din surrounding NAI’s controversial application.
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.
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