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.

Fleet Changes To Help United Maintain Capacity Discipline 
During the company’s first-quarter earnings call, executives at the Chicago-based airline explained previously announced news that United and Boeing have struck a deal to exchange 10 Boeing 787 orders for 10 777-300ERs.
Southwest Adding Capacity Through Upgauging, Utilization 
The increased capacity was not in response to lower oil prices changing the carrier’s strategy, Southwest leadership told analysts during the company’s first-quarter earnings call April 23. The carrier plans to keep its fleet at around 700 aircraft, CEO Gary Kelly said.
Airline CEOs Disappointed U.S. Has Not Frozen Gulf Carrier Capacity 36
Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek wrote to the secretaries of State, Commerce and Transportation, expressing alarm that the Gulf carriers have added new flights to the U.S. in the 10 weeks since they first asked the government to investigate the subsidies case.
San Jose Raises Perimeter Fence 
The currently 6-ft.-tall perimeter fence is being raised to 10 ft., topped by one foot of barbed wire, Rosemary Barnes, SJC public information manager, told Aviation Daily.
Emirates Asks U.S. Government To Release Documents 1
Earlier this month, the U.S. departments of State, Commerce and Transportation (DOT) invited comments from interested parties on both the subsidies case and whether the U.S. government should begin consultations with the governments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar on the issue.
Iberia And BA Leave AEA In Clash Over Gulf Carriers 3
In the worst clash so far among European airlines over how to deal with the Persian Gulf carriers, Iberia and BA left industry-lobby group Association of European Airlines at the end of March.
American, Hawaiian Urge DOT Not To Water Down Delta Haneda Conditions 
DOT allowed Delta to retain the coveted slots for flights from Seattle, but imposed a condition that the Atlanta-based carrier operate the route daily, requiring it to ask for a waiver if it intended to suspend service for any two days in a seven-day period. Delta called this condition unreasonable and unprecedented, and urged the DOT to reconsider the rule (Aviation Daily, April 10).
Delta’s Strong First Quarter Despite Currency, Hedging Costs 
The strong dollar is both a headwind and a tailwind for Delta, CEO Richard Anderson told analysts during the company’s first-quarter earnings call on April 15. On the one hand, the strength of the dollar has dampened demand and reduced international revenues.
U.S. Government Invites Comments On Gulf Carriers’ Subsidies 
Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines, along with several of their unions, circulated a report earlier this year showing the three Gulf carriers have received more than $42 billion in market-distorting government subsidies over the last decade, a charge the Gulf carriers vehemently deny (Aviation Daily, March 6).
APFA, Etihad War Of Words Over Working Conditions At Gulf Carrier 
Labor—including flight attendants—has always been at the forefront of the open skies debate currently pitting the U.S. airline industry against the three big Persian Gulf airlines: Etihad, Emirates and Qatar.
Fight Over Haneda Slots Far From Over 
Delta thanked the DOT for allowing it to retain the slots, but blasted the department for attaching conditions to its approval. DOT is requiring Delta to operate the Seattle-Haneda flights 365 days per year unless the carrier has permission through a DOT waiver to suspend service.
DOT Suspends Delta-Aeromexico ATI Application 
DOT in its order said the application was “not yet substantially complete,” lacking supporting documents the DOT needs to determine whether the application “meets established standards and policies.”
American Receives Single Operating Certificate 

The American Airlines-US Airways integration is one step closer to completion, now that the FAA has issued a single operating certificate to American Airlines for the merged carrier. Beginning April 8, air traffic controllers will refer to all US Airways and American flights with the call sign “American,” the carriers said.

Low Oil Prices Should Change Airlines’ Planning, Consultants Say 7
Most airline executives maintain that low oil prices are not a new normal but a temporary blip. This has led most airlines to say they will not be opening new markets or changing fleet and capacity plans despite oil being in the $50-per-barrel range.
American, US Airways Merge Loyalty Programs 
The US Airways Dividend Miles program has been folded into the AAdvantage loyalty program, and as of March 28, members of both programs belong to American’s frequent-flier system.
Apr 28, 2015

When the Pentagon First Let Women Fly in Combat (1993)

Twenty-two years ago, the U.S. defense secretary proposed allowing women to fly in combat. Now, the first female fighter pilot is a member of Congress....More
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) 2

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

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