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.

Airline of the Year: American Airlines 
In bringing together American Airlines and US Airways, the company’s leaders knew it would be the world’s biggest airline. They also wanted it to be the best.
Editorial: The Cuban conundrum
The US-Cuba commercial aviation market has gone from hot to lukewarm in the six months since it reopened after more than 50 years.
Emirates A380
Emirates offers computer option for US flights; exempts Athens/Milan 
Emirates Airline is offering passengers a special handling service on flights affected by the new US electronics carry-on ban so they can keep their laptops and tablets with them until they board the aircraft.
US & UK ban carry-on electronics, citing unspecified terrorist concerns
In the space of 24 hours, the US and UK issued directives barring passengers from taking personal electronic devices larger than a smartphone in their carry-on bags onboard certain flights.
All Gulf majors & Turkish affected by new US electronics carry-on ban
Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines are among the carriers affected by a US government emergency order that bans passengers from keeping their personal electronic devices in their carry-on bags on flights to the US.
Airline tweet prompts new US security rules speculation
A statement posted on Royal Jordanian Airlines’ Twitter feed Monday prompted speculation that the US was about to issue a new set of security rules banning airlines flying between the US and certain Middle Eastern and African countries from allowing passengers to bring onboard electric devices, including computers, in their carry-on.
Interview: Doug Parker, chairman and CEO, American Airlines 
Doug Parker, CEO of 2017 ATW Airline of the Year American Airlines, says it's his job to create an environment where people can thrive.
President Trump at the White House
US ATC would separate from government under Trump 2018 budget proposal
US air traffic control would be taken out of FAA and placed under the management of an independent agency under President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal.
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Air New Zealand & Qantas form new lobbying group
Air New Zealand, Qantas and four other airlines are establishing an association to lobby on common causes such as airport fees, taxes and infrastructure reform.
American CEO Doug Parker
American’s Parker: Gulf carriers threaten US hub-and-spoke system
In another indication that there is a renewed push against the expansion of the major Gulf carriers in the US, American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker said he was “highly confident” that the new Trump administration would address the issue.
IATA CEO and director general Alexandre de Juniac
IATA chief to meet new US transportation secretary
The IATA director general called for open borders and for governments to not interfere with how airlines distribute their products ahead of his first meeting with the new US transportation secretary.
US Major Carriers Seek Administration Support On Gulf Carriers Issue 
Expansion of Gulf carriers within the US Open Skies agreements is causing increased tension among major US airlines.
Editorial: Airlines Need More Notice When Immigration Rules Change
The Trump administration's January executive order on immigration posed a shocking and unnecessary burden on airlines and airports.
Airbus applies race-yacht ‘winglet’ design lessons to Sharklets 
Airbus is working on a redesign of its A320 Sharklet wingtips as a result of developing a new design manufacturing process for the foil of a high-speed yacht competing in this year’s America’s Cup race.
White House confirms Trump to meet airline CEOs, defends Norwegian 
US President Donald Trump is planning to meet with a number of US airline CEOs Feb. 9, the White House confirmed Tuesday.
Blogs & Commentary
Mar 22, 2017

Keep calm, but don't carry on!

The British Airways statement on the new rules forbidding laptops and other personal electronic devices in carry-on on certain flights is so British....More
Mar 21, 2017

Casting a cloud over a movie star & a little boy sharing carrot juice

Have years of work by Emirates and other airlines to cultivate a safe, friendly image in the US been spoiled in one fell swoop?...More
Mar 21, 2017

Trying to make sense of the new TSA electronics ban

I flew to Abu Dhabi for a short work trip in January and, if I’m honest, I found the security and screening processes at that airport ahead of my flight back to Washington DC a bit annoying. However, given today’s announcement about new US security rules for flights from that airport and nine others, most of them also in the Middle East, the focus of my annoyance has changed....More
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