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.

Brazil to announce streamlined regulation package for airlines
Brazil is expected to announce details next week of an act that will streamline some of the complex web of regulation it currently imposes on the country’s airlines.
IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac
New IATA chief lays out priorities; calls Heathrow runway cost ‘outrageous’
Settling into his new role as the head of IATA, director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac has made clear his frustration with government policies that fail to recognize the value of aviation.
IATA chief economist Brian Pearce
IATA forecasts drop in global airline profitability in 2017
The world’s airlines will continue their streak of collective profitability in 2017, but anticipated higher costs, coupled with a sluggish global economy that lead IATA forecasters to believe next year’s industry net profit will be almost $6 billion lower than 2016’s expected profit.
Norwegian 787-8
DOT grants Norwegian permit to begin US services
Norwegian Air International (NAI) has been granted approval to begin flights between Ireland and the US after a three-year process in which the US Department of Transportation (DOT) seemed reluctant to give the go-ahead despite being unable to find any legal reason to reject the application.
Bombardier to deliver first CS300 to launch customer airBaltic
Canadian manufacturer Bombardier plans to deliver the first CS300 to launch operator airBaltic Monday, Nov. 28.
Asia-Pacific carriers seek more consistent government oversight
Government barriers that threaten airline profitability and growth potential is a key concern among Asia-Pacific airline executives, particularly duplicative and unfair regulatory oversight trends.
Despite SIA pressure, Airbus could delay A350 stretch decision 
Singapore Airlines is pushing for a stretched version of the Airbus A350 to be launched, but the manufacturer is not yet convinced the time is right.
Malaysia Airlines A380
Malaysia Airlines to reconfigure A380s for Hajj flights
Malaysia Airlines has confirmed plans to reconfigure and reassign its six Airbus A380s to a new carrier unit dedicated to transporting Hajj pilgrimage passengers.
Challenges & opportunities ahead for Asia-Pacific aviation market
Asia-Pacific airlines will benefit from some of world’s largest and fastest-growing markets but also will face considerable challenges meeting demand with many low-cost carriers likely to struggle if oil prices rise.
Rendering of A320neo in Peach livery
Japan’s Peach orders Airbus A320neos & more ceos
Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) Peach Aviation has signed a firm order for 10 Airbus A320neos and three A320ceos, it was announced Nov. 18.
Asia-Pacific carriers continue growth but wary of uncertain economy
Nervousness and uncertainty about the global economy and intense competition are giving leaders of Asia-Pacific carriers cause for concern even though the region is maintaining a fast-growth track in terms of passengers carried.
Asia-Pacific turboprop safety forum hopes to grow participants
Facilitators of an Asia-Pacific initiative that brings together turboprop aircraft operators in the region to share safety issues and best practices hope to bring in more airline and manufacturer participants in 2017.
New IATA Director General In His Own Words 

You became the IATA director general having run a major airline group and held prominent industry and government positions. What most appealed to you about this post? I have spent 20 years in this business—with seven or eight years in between in government. When you have worked for more than 20 years in the aviation business, at an OEM, at an airline, you see the business from two different perspectives. Now I see it from a third angle, which is probably higher than the others, and that’s from the general interests of the industry.

De Juniac Will Emphasize Speed As IATA Director General 

IATA’s new leader likes to talk and think speed.  His comfort zone is the high gear: seeing the goal, setting the course of pursuit. 

At previous companies where he worked, the Frenchman admits with a smile, he was known by the words “allez! allez! allez!”—let’s go! This is a man who relishes the race to accomplishment, not the frustration of bureaucratic red tape and inaction. 

Asia-Pacific Airports, Airlines Start Feeling Congestion's Effects
By 2019, Beijing Capital, Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore all will have reached their runway capacity limits. Terminals at three of them also hit capacity.
Blogs & Commentary
Dec 9, 2016

Good news for US airlines on unit revenue

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Dec 1, 2016

Five priorities for the next US Transportation Secretary

US President-elect’s nomination of Elaine Chao to be Department of Transportation Secretary seems to have broad support and will likely be an uncontentious nominee with the Senate....More
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