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.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker
American CEO: Qatar bid strengthens resolve on Gulf subsidies issue
In a letter to employees, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says he finds Qatar Airways’ unsolicited bid to invest in American “puzzling” and that it strengthens his resolve against illegally subsidized companies.
American to find new uniform supplier after crew complaints
American Airlines will find a new supplier for its uniforms after coming under pressure from its flight attendants union and crew members who complained the clothing caused reactions.
Qatar A350-900
Qatar Airways seeks up to 10% stake in American Airlines
Qatar Airways has made an unsolicited bid to take up to a 10% stake—an investment of at least $808 million—in American Airlines, an SEC filing American submitted Thursday revealed.
Rendering of 737 MAX 10 in Xiamen Airlines’ livery
Xiamen joins fast-growing MAX 10 customer list
Xiamen Airlines on Wednesday joined a long and still-growing string of customers for the new 737 MAX 10 that Boeing launched at the Paris Air Show this week.
Rendering of A320neo in Viva Air livery
Viva Air signs MOU for 50 A320s
Latin American low-cost carrier (LCC) group Viva Air signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 35 A320neos and 15 A320ceos.
Upbeat CEO promises United will become world’s best airline
An upbeat and energized United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz told a New York audience Thursday that his company’s mission was to become the best airline in the world.
Malaysia Airlines ditches Auckland route plan for A350
Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) still expects to receive its first Airbus A350 XWB by the end of this year, but is no longer planning to put the widebody on Kuala Lumpur-Auckland routes, the carrier’s CEO said this week.
AAPA chief urges multi-pronged aviation emissions effort
Airlines globally remain focused on their agreed emissions offsetting and reduction goals despite the US turnaround on the Paris Agreement, but there must be an all-out effort to achieve those targets by 2020, the head of the Asia Pacific Airlines Association (AAPA) said this week.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz
United’s Munoz says frequent fliers are impressed with airline service
The CEO of United Airlines, which attracted a barrage of public criticism over its bumped passenger incident, said this week that those who fly regularly are impressed with airline service.
ICAO & IATA seek more common sense in cabin laptop bans
ICAO is establishing two safety and security groups in the wake of the US and UK aircraft cabin laptop bans and calling for a “prudent balance” of all commercial air transport safety and security risks.
American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
Colombia gives go-ahead for AA-LATAM Colombia JBA
Colombia has approved the joint business agreement (JBA) between American Airlines and LATAM Airlines Group’s subsidiary LATAM Airlines Colombia.
IATA: Cheap airfares & better global economy boost demand
World demand for air travel rose sharply in April, thanks to global economic activity and lower airfares, IATA data for the month show.
United’s Munoz among speakers at IATA AGM next week
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz will be a panelist during sessions programmed for the IATA AGM that opens in Cancun Sunday.
Transportation Security Administration dog sniffer.
IATA proposes alternative solutions to carry-on electronics ban
Additional security and screening measures at airports, including the use of sniffer dogs, are being proposed to US and UK authorities in an attempt to ward off a wider implementation of the laptop carry-on bans, IATA said Thursday.
CAE sees record year for civil training sales
Flight simulator and training service provider sold 50 full flight simulators (FFS) during its 2017 fiscal year, the Canadian company reported in its annual and fourth-quarter results released May 31.
Blogs & Commentary
Jun 27, 2017

The subsidy irony of Anderson’s new gig

Amtrak’s pick of former Delta Air Lines chairman and CEO Richard Anderson to be its president and CEO provides exactly the sort of tough leadership that the woefully-inadequate US passenger rail line needs....More
Jun 23, 2017

Qatar Airways’ American bid could be political

Qatar Airways’ unsolicited bid to acquire a large stake in American Airlines is indeed “puzzling”, as American CEO Doug Parker put it in a letter to employees....More
Jun 22, 2017

Qatar Airways CEO Al Baker defiant in face of blockade, laptop ban

The diplomatic rift between Qatar and four Gulf neighbors has not thwarted Qatar Airways’ ambitions....More
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