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.

Industry steps up action calls for CORSIA standards
With barely seven months left before new emissions reporting requirements come into force for international flights, governments are being pressed to take urgent action so that standards are in place in time to comply.
Airbus A350-900 ULR for Singapore Airlines
Airlines explore ultra-long range route potential
New-generation widebodies are prompting some airlines to seek out potential new city pairs that can be served nonstop with flight times of 17 hours or longer.
Delta exec appointed SkyTeam CEO
SkyTeam has appointed former Delta Air Lines executive Kristin Colvile as CEO of the global alliance.
Lufthansa takes up options for six Airbus A320neos
Lufthansa Group has firmed a previous option for six further Airbus A320neos, following a decision by the company’s supervisory board at the beginning of May.
First ANA A380 airframe assembly completed
All Nippon Airways’ first of three Airbus A380s has completed airframe assembly and been moved to an outdoor station where structural completion, engine installation and cockpit furnishing will be conducted.
Analysis: US carriers have little to show after Open Skies fight
Three US majors, via their lobbyist, tried to put a silver lining on the result of the negotiations between the US and United Arab Emirates governments.
Editorial: Unions put Air France on a path to smallness
Air France-KLM CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac put his neck on the line when he attempted to stand up to the potentially ruinous holdouts of its unions.
ANALYSIS: US major airlines' fifth failure 
A three-year battle started by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines against the major Gulf carriers appears to have ended with little to show for the millions of dollars of campaigning by the US airlines and affiliated unions.
White House confirms UAE fifth freedom assurance, not ‘routes freeze’ 
In its third version this week of what was agreed between the US and the United Arab Emirates on their Open Skies aviation deal, the White House now says there is an “understanding” that UAE airlines have “no current plans” to add fifth freedom flights, but makes no mention of a routes freeze.
White House trade director says UAE agreement includes routes freeze 
In what appears to be a divergence from the terms of the US and United Arab Emirates (UAE) new Open Skies side agreement, a top White House official told industry stakeholders that there is a freeze on adding routes to the US.
US-UAE Open Skies terms reaffirmed, including fifth freedom rights 
All sides are claiming a “win” in the US agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on their Open Skies aviation agreement, but the agreement stays fully intact and the document drawn up by the two governments indicates US carriers American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines have achieved very little in their three-year campaign to clip the wings of the major Gulf carriers.
ANA A380 business class
ANA A380s feature new cabin options 
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is configuring the cabins of its Airbus A380s with four classes and some all-new features that include a changing room, bar counters in all cabins and couch options in economy.
Meeting Airbus’ new chief salesman 
Airbus’ new chief salesman joins at a time of transition for the company and the industry.
Editorial: Striking at the Heart
Air France unions jeopardize their future.
Analysis: Creative cabin designs abound, but will they sell?
Can the latest slew of new cabin seat products take off?
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