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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 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.

Carriers Fight For Havana Flights 
Several U.S. carriers have filed a flurry of documents with the Transportation Department (DOT), vying for newly available frequencies to Havana.
What Next For The U.S. Airline Industry? 
U.S. airlines are ending another year of record profits and were once again responsible for a good chunk of the global industry’s earnings. But the costs of fuel and labor are rising.
Delta, Allegiant Make Changes To Senior IT Management 
Delta Air Lines and Allegiant Air have announced changes to their senior information-technology management.
Latin America Sees Changes, But Perennial Issues Persist 
While the Latin America and Caribbean market welcomes new airlines, the region continues to face many of the same structural issues in the new year.
Southwest Airlines Bans ‘Smart Bags’ 
Southwest Airlines will no longer allow passengers to check in so-called “smart bags” or luggage with non-removable lithium-ion batteries.
American Consolidates Its Operations At LaGuardia 
American Airlines has consolidated its New York’s LaGuardia Airport operations at Terminal B, bringing together legacy US Airways services from another terminal and existing ones for American.
DOT Reopens Frequency Allocation For Havana Flights 
The U.S. Transportation Department is opening a new frequency allocation proceeding to assign six daily roundtrip slots between the U.S. and Havana.
LCC Flair Airlines, Hahn Air In Ticket Distribution Deal 
New Canadian LCC Flair Airlines has signed an agreement with Germany’s Hahn Air that will allow Flair’s fares to be available to more than 100,000 travel agencies and on Amadeus.
Can U.S. Airlines Continue Strong Performance?  1
U.S. airlines have been performing strongly of late, but can they sustain high levels of growth in 2018, when faced with rising fuel and labor costs?
Podcast: The Commercial Aviation Boom Continues
The airline industry is confident about 2018 prospects and sees no end to the up-cycle. But there are risks and rising costs. Our editors discuss the IATA outlook.
IATA Stresses Need For Standards Regulating Drones 
The ICAO sent a state letter to its member countries to protect manned-aircraft operations from drones.
IATA Pushes For Standards Regulating Drones 
The ICAO sent a state letter to its member countries to protect manned-aircraft operations from drones.
Latin America Demand Rises, But Challenges Remain 
Peter Cerda, IATA regional vice president for the Americas, pointed to the example of Chile, which levies a $1 per-passenger fee that goes toward the government’s overseas aid projects.
José Martí International Airport
Cuba Market Strong, Despite Anemic U.S. Demand 
The IATA does not foresee more U.S. carriers pulling out of Cuba, and says the airlines currently serving are the “right players” for the market.
Investigators approach a chartered Eastern Airlines jet at LaGuardia Airport.
DOT Ends Eastern’s Story 
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) has canceled Eastern Air Lines’ operating certificate, thus bringing to close a long-running—and some say, quixotic—attempt to revive a name storied in aviation history.

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