Karen Walker

Karen
Walker
Editor-in-Chief,
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.

Articles
IATA DG and CEO Alexandre de Juniac
‘Urgent action’ needed to avoid Brexit airline disaster
If the UK fails to establish traffic rights for airlines before it leaves the European Union (EU), it would be “a disaster,” the head of IATA said Tuesday.
IATA forecasts airlines to see record passengers & revenues in 2018
The world’s airlines will carry a record number of passengers and earn all-time high collective revenues in 2018, IATA economists forecast.
Arab airlines issue resolutions on European competition, global security
Arab carriers have joined forces in calling on the European Commission (EC) to respect state sovereignty and prioritize passenger interests as it looks to repeal and replace legislation on airline fair competition.
Pichler looks to deliver Royal Jordanian’s transformation 
Royal Jordanian has seen a financial improvement under its new leader, president and CEO Stefan Pichler, but much work lies ahead to modernize the airline.
AACO chief confident of continued Arab airline growth
The future growth of Arab airlines is assured despite the many crises that continue to impact the region.
Arab Carriers organization condemns US tax proposal 
A US legislative proposal to tax certain foreign airlines—and which seems to target the major Gulf carriers—is a dangerous move, the head of the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO) warned Tuesday.
CAE sees 2Q profits rise as civil training business grows 
Canadian flight simulator and training supplier CAE anticipates continued growth in the global civil air transport training market, the company said Friday as it released its fiscal 2018 second quarter results.
A Cathay Boeing 777-300ER
Qatar Airways to buy stake in Cathay Pacific 
Qatar Airways has announced it is taking an almost 10% stake in Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways.
IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac
AAPA: IATA challenges privatized airport model 
Airport privatization has been a failure that mostly leads to higher fares for airlines but no service benefits, a study soon to be released by IATA finds.
AAPA: IATA chief warns of infrastructure ‘crisis’ 
The global air transport industry is headed for a major infrastructure crisis, the IATA director general warned Wednesday, as fears grow about how already congested airspace and constrained airports will cope with the predicted growth in air travel.
AAPA: Extra security costs are high 
New extra security rules that the US and some other countries are imposing on all inbound foreign flights are causing significant hassle for passengers, airlines and airports and are costly to implement.
Interview: Peter Baumgartner CEO, Etihad Airways 
Peter Baumgartner describes how Etihad is dealing with the perfect storm of two failed equity partners, a fight over Open Skies and concerns over terrorism.
UAV Management: Momentum builds to integrate UAVs in commercial airspace 
UAV use is growing quickly and penetrating many commercial markets. Airlines, airports and air traffic managers want a way to share airspace safely.
American plans enhancements, service segmentation by fare levels 
American Airlines is planning more enhancements to its onboard products as it pursues a strategy of segmenting cabins to offer multiple levels of service at different fare points.
Bellew to return to Ryanair as COO 
Malaysia Airlines Berhad CEO and group managing director Peter Bellew will leave his post in December to rejoin Ryanair as COO.
Blogs & Commentary
Dec 16, 2017
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Time is fast running out to prevent a Brexit aviation crisis

With every ticking minute towards the day when the UK exits the European Union (EU), anxiety is growing among those in the airline industry about when replacement agreements will be secured to ensure uninterrupted commercial air traffic in and out of the UK....More
Dec 15, 2017
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Editorial: Gulf Open Skies decision is right call

Despite a renewed campaign against the hub Gulf carriers, the three US major airlines ended the year with essentially nothing gained....More
Dec 12, 2017
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Customer service lessons for British Airways, Heathrow and all airlines

A final update on my journey out of the London Heathrow chaos, along with a few takeaways that the incident made me think about, not just for the airline and airport directly involved, but for the wider industry....More
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