Madhu Unnikrishnan

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 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.

Visa Waiver Comes Under Scrutiny After Paris Attacks 
The White House and Congress are considering possible changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) being proposed in the aftermath of last month’s terrorist attacks on Paris.
DOT Grants American Haneda Extension, Dismisses Delta’s Counterclaim 
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) has granted American Airlines a 60-day extension for its Los Angeles-Tokyo Haneda service, and has taken the unusual step of naming Hawaiian Airlines’ proposed Kona-Haneda route as a back-up if American does not fulfill the terms of the initial award.
Boeing 787’s Operating Economics Enable Long-Haul Low-Cost Carriers 
Air Canada recently told investors that when it switched from the 767 to the 787-8 between Toronto and Tel Aviv, the airline was able to carry 31% more passengers while using 3% less fuel.
IATA Warns Senate On Diverting Airline Security Funds 
This “cross-subsidization” violates open skies treaties and bilateral air service agreements the U.S. holds with other countries, IATA argues.
Azul: Load Factors Rising On U.S. Flights 
Load factors on Azul Linhas Aerea’s U.S-Brazil flights are rising....
American Switches To Fare-Based Loyalty Program 
American Airlines will switch the way members of its AAdvantage loyalty program earn rewards from the number of miles flown to the amount spent for a ticket.
Copa Struggles With Weakening Latin American Economies 
Copa Airlines plans to stick to its model of connecting the Americas and will not expand its fleet to include widebody aircraft capable of serving Europe, CEO Pedro Heilbron said here at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Latin America Forum.
Azul Protected From Real’s Volatility 
Azul Linhas Aereas is more insulated from Brazil’s sputtering economy than its competitors in the country, in part because of the large number of Embraer aircraft in its fleet, CFO John Rodgerson said here at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Latin America Forum.
Sky Airline Focuses On Costs As It Moves To LCC Model 
Near-term capacity growth for Santiago, Chile-based Sky Airline will come from increased aircraft utilization, as the carrier takes a cautious approach to growth.
Southwest Pilots Reject Contract, Union Assessing Next Move 
The leadership of Southwest Airlines’ pilots union is polling its membership about why it rejected the company’s latest contract offer.
American To Begin LAX-Haneda Flights Feb. 11 
American Airlines will begin Los Angeles-Tokyo Haneda flights on Feb. 11, 2016, putting an end—for now—to the contentious battle for the sought-after slots at the close-in Tokyo airport.
American, Delta Duke It Out Over Haneda 
American has asked the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) for an extension to begin operating its Los Angeles-Haneda flights, using slots it was awarded by the agency when Delta forfeited them earlier this year.
Persian Gulf Carrier Dispute Spurs Delta To Exit Airlines For America  1
On many issues, Delta has been either on the opposite side of Airlines for America (A4A), or A4A has not taken a side on issues important to Delta.
Delta’s Airlines For America Exit Raises Questions On Group’s Future 
U.S. carriers are sticking with industry trade group Airlines for America (A4A), despite Delta Air Lines’ surprising announcement that it will leave the association next year.
New Business Models Fill A Need—Partially 
Airline consolidation has left many small and medium airports without—or with significantly reduced—air service.
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