Madhu Unnikrishnan

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 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
Southwest: 2015 Strategy Will Not Change Due To Lower Fuel Costs 
The Dallas-based carrier is predicting an economic fuel cost of $1.90 per gallon of jet fuel in the first quarter of this year, a 40% drop from the same period in 2014.
American, Hawaiian Grab For Delta’s Haneda Slots 
In competing filings with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT), the three carriers lay out their cases for why they should be awarded—or in Delta’s case, allowed to retain—the slots.
American: Pilot Pay Could Increase By $650 Million This Year 
American and Allied Pilots Association (APA) leadership reached an agreement during marathon negotiating sessions which began in late December and ran into the new year.
FAA Proposes New Rules For Slots At New York-Area Airports 
The agency is inviting comments from stakeholders on the slot utilization and secondary-market proposals.
U.S.-EU To Discuss NAI During Joint Committee Meeting In Washington 
Adding NAI’s application to the Joint Committee agenda for the Jan. 28 meeting in Washington, D.C., signals just how serious the issue has become.
American Applies For Haneda Slots To Begin Service From LAX 
The application follows American’s filing with DOT last year that argued Delta was operating the Seattle flights infrequently, only enough to prevent triggering a 90-day dormancy provision that would have allowed DOT to seize the slots.
Southwest Retires AirTran Brand 
The route commemorated AirTran’s first flight in 1993 and was operated with a Boeing 717, an aircraft type which Southwest had inherited from AirTran and is removing from the integrated fleet.
DOT Invites Comments On Delta’s Seattle-Haneda Route Authority 
DOT in a filing said it “believes the public interest requires a fresh examination of whether the best use of the Seattle-Haneda opportunity is to allow Delta to retain the slot pair for Seattle-Haneda service, or whether the public interest would be better served by reallocating the slot pair for service from another U.S. city by another U.S. carrier or by Delta.”
DOT Awards Southwest DCA Slot Pair For Kansas City Route 
In its ruling, DOT said Southwest’s service would create competition in what has been an American Airlines monopoly market and would be more in the public interest than JetBlue Airways’ proposal to fly between DCA and Jacksonville, Florida.
Southwest Seeks To Add Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica To Network 
The carrier also has signaled its intent to fly from HOU to Belize and San Jose, Costa Rica.
 
Blogs
Mar 4, 2015
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Mar 2, 2015
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On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015
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"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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Feb 27, 2015
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Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015
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Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

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Feb 26, 2015
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