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.

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 plans high-density Dreamliners for new long-haul LCC
Japan Airlines (JAL) is looking to significantly 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.
2018 World Airline Report - Global market shows shades of uncertainty 
The air transport industry is growing and doing well, but the business environment feels slightly cooler.
Editorial: Recent deals reinforce Boeing-Airbus duopoly
If the extent to which the commercial aircraft supply landscape has changed was not fully apparent, the then-and-now environment became crystal clear at the Farnborough Air Show.
United signs for more Embraer regional jets 
United Airlines signed a firm order for 25 Embraer E175 jets in a 70-seat configuration.
Unnamed lessor signs for 80 A320neos 
Airbus announced it signed an MOU with an unidentified leasing company for 80 A320neo family aircraft.
Tarom is named as Boeing MAX customer 
Romanian carrier Tarom signed an order for five Boeing 737 MAX 8s, valued at $586 million at list prices.
Ryanair 737 makes emergency landing after losing cabin pressure 
Some 30 people were treated for minor injuries after a Ryanair Boeing 737 lost cabin pressure, made a descent and did an emergency landing in Frankfurt July 14.
Video: Airbus' Silvia Ustupska talks about the A330neo
Airbus A330 marketing manager-customer affairs Silvia Ustupska talks about the A330neo after a route-proving flight from Chicago O’Hare to Atlanta Hartsfield July 7.
Gallery: Airbus A330neo route-proving flights continue with TAP

Airbus continued its route-proving program toward A330neo certification July 7, completing a 2-hr. leg from Chicago O’Hare to Atlanta Hartsfield. This part of the testing used an A330-900neo that will be delivered to TAP Air Portugal, which has ordered 21 of the type. 

TAP Air Portugal Airbus A330-900neo
A330neo arrives in Atlanta on route-proving flight with TAP 
Airbus is continuing its route-proving program toward A330neo certification, completing a 2-hr. leg from Chicago O’Hare to Atlanta Hartsfield July 7.
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Blogs & Commentary
Aug 14, 2018

Could surprises be the next revenue generator?

Airlines are constantly looking for positive, rather than punitive, ways of growing their revenue. Could mystery flights and celebration treats be part of the answer?...More
Aug 11, 2018

Extraordinary professionalism of Seattle air traffic controllers

There are lots of questions to be answered about Friday night’s bizarre incident in Seattle when a Horizon Air employee stole and crashed a Q400, but for now let’s acknowledge the incredible job done by the Air National Guard pilots and the air traffic controllers who handled the situation....More
Aug 1, 2018

Is Lego a clever or grating idea for an inflight safety video?

Turkish Airlines has released its new safety video and it’s been done in collaboration with Lego. It’s certainly cute, but does it do the job?...More

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