Karen Walker

Air Transport World

Karen Walker is ATW’s Editor-in-Chief. She had been covering the aerospace industry for almost 30 years. She has specialist knowledge in training, simulation, safety and aeropolitics.

Articles by Karen Walker
AUV on fifth underwater search for MH370 but still no sightings
An international force of up to 11 military aircraft and 12 ships continue to assist in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, but there was still no detection of wreckage from the Boeing 777-200 as of Friday, more than 40 days after the aircraft disappeared.
FedEx CEO lauds IATA for aircraft tracking task force 1
FedEx chairman and CEO Fred Smith has praised IATA for moving swiftly to establish a task force on aircraft tracking improvements in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Southwest and AirTran Boeing 737-700 tails
Southwest CEO: Business model has changed 
High fuel prices and entry into the international market via its acquisition of AirTran Airways have led Southwest Airlines to fundamentally change its business model from short haul to longer flights.
US Airways A319
US Airways joins transatlantic alliance
US Airways has joined American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair Thursday in their transatlantic joint venture.
Rockwell Collins and CETCA launch Chinese avionics joint venture
Rockwell Collins and China Electronics Technology Avionics Co. have launched their joint venture company, which will develop communication and navigation equipment for the COMAC C919 and other aircraft programs in China.
Malaysia releases MH370 comms transcript
Malaysia’s defense and transportation department has released the full transcript of communications between the pilots of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control. There is no indication of anything abnormal in the transcript.
Who's Right? 
When it comes to emergency situations, bad weather and even volcanic ash clouds, regulatory authorities seem to have two standards—for the ground transportation industry, it’s an accepted hazard; for airlines, it’s a case of they should have been better prepared, so fine ’em and make new rules.
Analysis - Kangaroo Bruising 
Although widely expected, Qantas Group’s first-half fiscal year 2014 report of a net loss of AUD235 million ($208 million), AUD346 million worse than posted in the year-ago period, sent shock waves through Australia and the airline industry.
Editorial - MH370: Finding Answers
For a modern airliner simply to disappear without a trace for almost two weeks, as Malaysia Airlines MH370 had done by the time this magazine went to press, is extraordinary and unimaginably distressing for those personally connected to the 227 passengers and 12 crew who vanished with the aircraft.
No MH370 objects yet found; black box detector to join search
Searches through the weekend involving nine aircraft and eight ships failed to find any wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200.
Chinese ship tasked with locating debris Saturday in MH370 search
More objects have been sighted in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 and a Chinese ship in the area has been tasked with locating them Saturday.
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800
Alaska CEO: Staying independent is right strategy 
Alaska Airlines plans to maintain its independence despite the growing competitive challenges from a consolidated US airline industry and more carriers joining global alliances.
122 objects of interest spotted in MH370 hunt
New satellite images from over the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 have identified 122 potential objects of interest in the ocean.
Multi-national technology assets brought into MH370 search area 4
Equipment and technology from all over the world, and on an unprecedented scale, are being brought to bear in the southern Indian Ocean in the effort to locate and retrieve the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200.
L-3 Link to grow Thai training center with ATR simulators
L-3 Link Simulation & Training is expanding its Asian Aviation Training Centre (AATC) in Bangkok with an ATR 72-600 full flight simulator (FFS) and an ATR 72-600 flat panel trainer (FPT).

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