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.

SWAPA: Gulf Carrier Expansion Will Hurt U.S. Pilot Jobs 
Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Union (SWAPA) thinks the Persian Gulf airlines’ rapid global growth could spell doom for U.S. pilots’ job prospects if left unchecked.
Las Vegas Looks To South America, Asia For New Air Service 
Brazil, Colombia, Japan and China are on Las Vegas McCarran International Airport’s shortlist of nonstop markets the airport would like to add.
Alaska Focusing On Connecting Existing Markets 
After years of investing heavily in its Seattle hub, Alaska Airlines is shifting its focus toward connecting existing markets.
Delta, JetBlue Face Off Over Open Skies  1
The coalition led by the three U.S. legacy carriers and organized labor is asking the U.S. government to request that the three Persian Gulf Airlines freeze capacity to the U.S.
VivaLatinamerican To Launch New Airline Every Year 
VivaLatinamerica, the holding company that operates Mexico’s VivaAerobus and Colombia’s VivaColombia, is on track to launch a third airline in 2016, with plans to launch a new Viva-branded airline every year after that.
Three Questions With Southwest’s Network Planning Chief 
Aviation Daily talked to Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines senior vice president-network and revenue management, about the carrier’s international expansion and what the airline has learned about non-U.S. markets one year later.
American To Tackle Integration Of US Airways CRS Next 

The next milestone for the American Airlines-US Airways integration will be reached in October, when the US Airways brand will be retired and its reservations system will cut over to American’s Sabre system.

Southwest, Pilots Edge Toward Agreement 

Southwest Airlines and its pilots union could have a tentative agreement (TA) “within a couple of weeks,” Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) President Paul Jackson told Aviation Daily. The two sides were in talks led by the National Mediation Board and made “very good progress toward a TA,” Jackson said. If they reach a deal, SWAPA’s board must review and approve it before presenting it to union members for a vote. Southwest’s pilot contract became amendable in 2012.

Volaris Focuses On VFR, Leisure In Central America 
The Mexican LCC recently launched flights to Guatemala, and in September it will begin flying to San Juan, Costa Rica.
IATA Chief Tyler To Step Down 
IATA Director General Tony Tyler will step down in June 2016, after five years at the top of the organization.
Southwest Pilots Union Calls For Consultations With UAE, Qatar 
The move puts the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) slightly at odds with the carrier, which is remaining neutral in this fight.
British Airways To Begin London-San Jose Flights 
The carrier will operate the flight with 216-seat Boeing 787-9s, configured with eight first-class seats, 42 business-class seats, 39 seats in premium economy, and 127 seats in economy class.
U.S. Carriers Claim Etihad Got Additional Funds In 2014 
The Partnership for Fair & Open Skies—a group comprising Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and several labor groups—said Abu Dhabi has given Etihad annual cash infusions since 2007, but last year the total government investment in Etihad reached a record $5 billion.

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