Karen Walker

Air Transport World

Karen Walker is ATW’s Editor-in-Chief. She had been covering the aerospace industry for almost 30 years. She has specialist knowledge in training, simulation, safety and aeropolitics.

Analysis - Asia in the Spotlight 

At a press conference in Doha for the unveiling of the first Airbus A350 in January, Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker was asked about the safety standards of Asian airlines since three aircraft from the region had crashed in one year.

With his typical directness, Al Baker’s response was swift. “There was only one crash in 2014. One aircraft was shot down—that is not a crash—and the other aircraft is missing and we don’t know what happened,” he said.

Editorial - Careful What You Ask For 
Leaders of the “big three” US consolidated carriers, American, Delta and United, are believed to be ramping up their campaign in Washington DC against the major Gulf carriers, which are looking to expand their North American footprints.
ATW Photo Gallery - Qatar Airways A350 delivery in Doha
A selection of photographs from our exclusive coverage of the delivery of Qatar Airways' first Airbus A350 XWB in Doha.
Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said the A350 was "magnificent."
Qatar Airways unveils first Airbus A350 in Doha
Qatar Airways formally received the world’s first Airbus A350-900 at ceremonies in Doha Wednesday, with the airline’s chief also saying he was interested in a re-engined A380.
AirAsia QZ8501 tail located in Java Sea
Search and rescue operators have located the tail of the Indonesia AirAsia Airbus A320 that crashed into the Java Sea in December, it was reported Wednesday.
AirAsia: large objects on sea floor may be QZ8501 wreckage
Sonar equipment being used in the search and rescue operation for the Indonesia AirAsia Airbus A320 operating flight QZ8501 has detected two large objects on the ocean floor that may be aircraft wreckage, AirAsia said Jan. 3.
Analysis - Mystery Minefield 
The Aircraft Tracking Task Force (ATTF) set up in the wake of the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 in March has issued its report with recommendations to improve continuous tracking of airliners.
GECAS signs for 5 Bombardier Q400s plus 10 options
Lessor GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has signed a firm purchase agreement for five Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft plus option on 10 more of the regional turboprops, the Canadian manufacturer announced Dec. 31.
Asia’s Minor Mismatch 
Most Asian airlines struggled to break even in 2014, with excess capacity being one of the major culprits.
Fernandes visits base for AirAsia SAR operations
AirAsia Group CEO and other management visited the military base in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Dec. 31 to meet with those involved in the search and rescue operations for the victims of AirAsia Indonesia QZ8501 that crashed into the sea.
Maintain the Course 
Airlines focus on sustaining and growing profitability.
EDITORIAL: Note differences, not speculative ‘similarities’ in 2014 tragedies
As efforts continue to find the missing AirAsia Indonesia Airbus A320 operating as QZ8501, the general media is already drawing supposed similarities with two previous airliner tragedies of 2014 – Malaysia Airlines MH370 and MH17.
An AirAsia A320 being delivered at Airbus' Toulouse facility.
AirAsia Airbus A320 missing over Java Sea: UPDATED
An AirAsia Indonesia Airbus A320-200 that took off from Surabaya in Indonesia at 5.20am local time has gone missing over the Java Sea.
Qatar Airways A350 XWB
Qatar sets Jan. 7 date for A350 ceremonies in Doha 
Qatar Airways, which postponed the delivery ceremonies of the first Airbus A350 XWB aircraft last week, has set a new date of Jan. 7 for ceremonies at its home hub in Doha.
Qatar Airways A350 XWB
Delivery of first Airbus A350 to Qatar Airways postponed 
Qatar Airways announced Wednesday that delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 XWB, originally planned for this weekend, has been postponed. No new date for the delivery or reasons for the delay were given; Qatar is the launch customer for the all-new widebody.

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