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.

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.
Delta investigates cause of IT issue that prompted ground stop
Delta Air Lines said Wednesday it was investigating the root cause of the technology issue that affected the carrier the previous evening, prompting an hour-long ground stop across its US operations.
UPDATED: Delta restoring service after issuing ground stop over IT problems
Delta Air Lines said Tuesday evening it was restoring service after an IT problem prompted it to issue a ground stop.
Editorial: Honoring those who served the airline industry
The 2018 lifetime achievement award has been bestowed on four long-serving US DOT officials: Bob Goldner, Paul Gretch, Susan McDermott and Mary Street.
Analysis: The dilemma of the high-tech aero-engine
A large portion of Trent-powered Boeing 787s have been affected by the engine reliability issue due to air pollution.
Editorial: Flag of inconvenience bill amendment threatens Open Skies
The proposed amendment to U.S. Section 530 contains a provision to the FAA Reauthorization Bill that has grave implications for the 120 US Open Skies agreements if passed.
Boom aims for supersonic airliner rate of 60 per year 
Boom Technology is fully funded to get a demonstrator of the supersonic airliner it is developing in the air by the end of 2019, the Denver-based company’s CEO says.
Frontier Airlines A320neo
ULCC Frontier grows and expands loyalty benefits 
Denver-based ultra-LCC Frontier Airlines is “changing a lot,” almost doubling its number of destination cities, introducing a new loyalty program, and making it easier for passengers to achieve elite status.
Adding flag of convenience amendment to FAA bill raises Open Skies concerns 
Attempts by some US lawmakers to add language to the FAA reauthorization bill that would change labor rules on foreign airlines operating to the US within Open Skies agreements are raising concerns among the White House administration, US airlines and the European Commission (EC).
Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8
JAL studies high-density Dreamliners for new long-haul LCC 
Japan Airlines (JAL) could potentially increase the seat density of the Boeing 787-8s that are assigned to its newly announced LCC unit and is eyeing markets in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Denver Airport plans for growth 
Fast-growing Denver International Airport (DEN) has embarked on a $3.5 billion five-year capital improvement plan that will include the addition of 39 more gates and expand parking, security and passenger facilities by 2021.
FBI leads investigation into Horizon Air stolen aircraft incident 
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is leading the inquiry into how a Horizon Air ground service agent—apparently with no flying experience—was able to steal one of the carrier’s turboprops, take off from a major airport and fly for more than an hour before crashing.
Investigation starts into Aeromexico E190 crash 
An investigation has begun into what caused the crash of an Aeromexico Embraer E190 in Durango Tuesday evening, while the airline confirmed all 107 people onboard survived.
LEAP-1C engine
CFM, GE to adopt MRO ‘conduct policies’ as IATA signs CFM agreement 
More than two years after filing a complaint with the European Commission (EC) about the control that OEMs hold over the support and repair market, IATA has struck an agreement with a major engine supplier that it says will lead to greater competition for MRO work.
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