Karen Walker

Air Transport World

Karen Walker is Editor-in-Chief at Air Transport World. She joined the magazine in that position in August 2013 and oversees the editorial content and direction of ATW’s digital, print, data and events products.

Previous positions include Chief Editor at Armed Forces Journal, Americas’ Editor at Air Transport Intelligence, and Executive Editor at Airline Business.

Karen studied in the UK, earning a degree in journalism. She is a dual citizen of the UK and USA and has lived and worked in both countries as well as in Singapore, where she was Asia Editor for Flight International.

Karen lives in Alexandria, VA., with her husband, Graham, and their rescue hounds and cats. She is a volunteer with Brood Basset Rescue and SPCA of Northern Virginia.

Royal Air Maroc to become 14th oneworld member
The oneworld global alliance announced Dec. 5 that Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will become its 14th full member airline, likely being inaugurated in mid-2020.
US and UK forge Open Skies agreement
The US and UK have agreed an Open Skies pact that will allow them to continue liberalized air services after the UK leaves the European Union (EU) in March 2019.
IATA: Brexit aviation declaration ‘lacks details’ 
A political declaration agreed by the UK and European Union (EU), setting conditions for how they will work after the Brexit separation, calls for an air transport agreement to ensure continued connectivity for airlines within the European trade bloc.
Boeing to brief 737 MAX customers next week 
Boeing will hold a set of regional meetings and conference calls next week with 737 MAX customers to address their questions and concerns about a new system that was introduced on the re-engined narrowbody.
JVs stifle competition, JetBlue CEO warns
The CEO of US independent carrier JetBlue Airways has called for greater scrutinization of large airline joint ventures (JVs), warning they can harm competition and innovation.
Delta buys more A330neos, delays A350 deliveries 
Delta Air Lines has placed a new order for 10 Airbus A330neos, increasing its total order for the widebody to 35, while further deferring delivery of 10 A350XWBs that were previously delayed.
AACO AGM: Airport privatization a path to failed promises, IATA warns 
The head of IATA, in a speech to Arab airlines and aviation organizations, continued his advice to governments to be cautious about turning to the private sector to solve their aviation infrastructure challenges.
AACO AGM: IATA CEO urges more MENA sign-ups for CORSIA 
Only three of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) nations have signed up for the voluntary CORSIA global aviation carbon offsetting scheme that begins in 2020, although IATA says there is no particular reason why they are holding off.
AACO AGM: Arab carriers’ association chief makes strong call against protectionism 
Airlines, their passengers and the air cargo market will be far worse off if the industry retreats into protectionism after 40 years of air transport liberalization, the head of the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO) warned Tuesday.
DEVELOPING STORY: Officials confirm Lion Air 737 MAX crash near Jakarta 
A Lion Air Boeing 737-8 has crashed into the sea soon after takeoff from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, with no reports of survivors, marking the first loss of a Boeing 737-MAX family aircraft.
Editorial: Educate the meddle makers
US legislators want to determine minimum seat size and pitch, lavatory square footage and the amount that can be charged to change a non-refundable ticket.
Analysis: More European airlines fail
Latvian LCC Primera Airlines and both the German and Polish units of Lithuanian leisure carrier Small Planet Group, are failing or scrambling to restructure.
Basking in a good year, Boeing keeps its cool on NMA 
Boeing continues its cautious talk on whether it will launch a new mid-market aircraft (NMA), reiterating that it must still establish a business case.
US majors adapt to a market re-shaped by the ultra-LCCs 
Ultra-LCCs are the most significant in terms of shaping what Americans now expect of airline service and the majors are adapting to those expectations.
Supersonic airline flight could be returning 
Boom Technology is building the XB-1 “Baby Boom” demonstrator that would fly at Mach 2.2, cost about $200 million per aircraft and seat about 55 people.
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Blogs & Commentary
Nov 15, 2018

Brexit teeters on chaos and still no air transport plan

No deal, botched deal, backstop. Brexit, a word not coined just a few short years ago, has become a common noun with its own set of adjectives and adverbs....More
Nov 9, 2018

Disturbing Vegas controller recording

I’m posting this blog with a link to what is believed to be a recording of the conversations between a Las Vegas tower controller and a number of pilots in an incident Nov. 7 that led to FAA issuing a new controller staffing policy today....More
Oct 24, 2018

BA works out the meaning of customer service

British Airways has announced a company-wide initiative to train and empower its staff to be more service orientated....More

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