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.

JetBlue: DOT delay on Norwegian approval hurts US airlines
“An unfavorable light” is being cast on US commitment to the law and its Open Skies agreements by the delay in finalizing a decision on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application to begin flights to the US, New York-based JetBlue Airways has charged.
Airberlin A320
Airberlin to wet-lease aircraft to Lufthansa as part of restructuring
German carrier airberlin has released details of its restructuring plan, which hinges on placing up to 40 Airbus A320s with Lufthansa Group and reducing employee positions by up to 1,200.
IATA chief confident about aviation emissions proposal at ICAO Assembly 
The new IATA director general and CEO attends the ICAO Assembly in Montreal this week confident that the carbon emissions proposal that the air transport industry has forged is a good one that can be implemented.
Asia-Pacific aviation infrastructure capacity at 'dire' levels
Aviation infrastructure shortcomings in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region have become a dire situation, prompting IATA to warn governments in the area of the potential cost to their economies if they do not quickly address airport and airspace congestion.
Editorial: ATC reform; it’s the economy, stupid 
It's a long-held industry truism that where goes the economy, so goes commercial air transport. But the link also can be turned on its head.
Qantas CEO attributes financial success to open environment 
Cutting across company department silos and ensuring the voices of all departments are heard is critical to an airline’s financial success, the CEO of Qantas Airways believes.
IATA DG & CEO Alexandre de Juniac
De Juniac: Speed & innovation key to airline industry health 
Speed and innovation will be essential to securing the future of a healthy global air transport industry as the world grows more uncertain and more difficult to predict, the new IATA chief said in his first public speech since joining the association.
Gallery: Onboard Royal Air Maroc 787 at Washington Dulles Airport

Morocco’s national airline Royal Air Maroc (RAM) inaugurated 3X-weekly nonstop Boeing 787 between Washington Dulles International Airport and Casablanca on Sept. 8, signaling growing commercial ties between the US and Morocco. Until now, passengers traveling between Washington and Morocco had to fly through New York—RAM’s first US destination, or catch a different connecting flight abroad.

Airline system complexity makes them uniquely vulnerable to IT meltdowns 
Major IT meltdowns like those that occurred this summer at Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines, bringing down their entire reservations systems for days, are not indicative of underlying infrastructure problems, but are related to the necessary complexity of airline systems, the chairman and CEO of American Airlines said Tuesday.
Forward From 15: We’ve gained more than we lost 
With each 9/11 anniversary, we rightly and naturally reflect on loss.
IATA incoming DG & CEO Alexandre de Juniac and outgoing DG & CEO Tony Tyler
De Juniac takes IATA helm, pledges to deliver value 
Alexandre de Juniac has become the new IATA director general and CEO, saying on his first day in the post that the industry and the association must move more rapidly to adapt to the accelerating pace of change in the world.
Norwegian 787-8
Top hotel & travel execs protest delay in NAI permit approval 
With the US still stalling on awarding final approval for a foreign air permit to low-cost carrier Norwegian Air International (NAI), the CEOs of several top hotel chains and travel organizations have written directly to President Barack Obama urging immediate action.
Avionica teams with GigSky for airline data services 
Data collection and transmission company Avionica has joined forces with mobile connectivity provider GigSky to provide turnkey global data services to airlines.
NTSB investigates ‘uncontained engine failure’ on SWA 737 
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 diverted Saturday morning after a major engine malfunction, but landed safely without any injuries caused.
Editorial: Change the cabin evacuation script

All 300 people onboard the Emirates Boeing 777 escaped with their lives when the aircraft crash-landed at Dubai Airport and burst into flames [see article, page 7]. Sadly a firefighter was killed tackling the blaze, but the scale of the tragedy could have been so much larger.

Blogs & Commentary
Oct 21, 2016

Three reasons why major US airlines are not planning to grow in 2017

American, Delta and United appear to be bringing growth to a near halt through next year....More
Oct 19, 2016

DOT’s new “competition” rules for US airlines have nothing to do with competition

The White House press conference held Wednesday was purportedly about competition among US airlines. It was nothing of the sort....More
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