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.

Editorial: Onboard safety videos need to change the script
All 300 people onboard the Emirates Boeing 777 escaped with their lives when the aircraft crash-landed at Dubai Airport and burst into flames. Sadly a firefighter was killed tackling the blaze, but the scale of the tragedy could have been so much larger.
The missing aircraft taking off from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in 2011.
MH370 pilot had Indian Ocean route on simulator, Malaysia officials confirm
A Malaysian government official said this week the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 had entered a course to the southern Indian Ocean on his home flight simulator, the New York Times, AP and other news organizations are reporting.
Gallery: New Etihad lounge at LAX
Etihad Airways has opened a dedicated premium passenger lounge in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), its third lounge in the US and first on the West Coast.
Etihad A380
Etihad chief: A350 & 777X are the future for widebodies 
Etihad’s group chief does not expect the Airbus A380neo to be built and says the 10 A380s the Abu Dhabi airline ordered are sufficient—the future lies with new-technology aircraft like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X.
The lounge’s main seating area has views over the terminal
Etihad opens LAX lounge as airport looks to improve facilities
Etihad Airways has opened a dedicated premium passenger lounge in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), its third lounge in the US and first on the West Coast.
Boeing Space Bin display at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg in April 2015
Alaska Airlines to put Space Bins on Boeing Sky Interior 737s
Alaska Airlines will retrofit all 34 of its Boeing Sky Interior 737s with Space Bins, the larger overhead bins created by Boeing.
Glitches affect initial SWISS CSeries flights 
A SWISS scheduled commercial flight of the Bombardier CSeries aircraft from Switzerland to the UK had to return to home base Tuesday morning after experiencing a problem with its air conditioning system.
Egyptair MS804 investigators: ‘fire’ mentioned on cockpit voice recorder 
Fire was mentioned on the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the Egyptair Airbus A320 that crashed into the Mediterranean, but why or where the fire occurred is still not known, according to the latest statement from the Egyptian accident investigation organization.
A380 flyover at the Farnborough Airshow
Airbus to cut A380 production rate in 2018 
Airbus will more than halve production of the A380 as the manufacturer continues to struggle to secure additional sales for its largest aircraft.
SHOW ANALYSIS: It’s all about service support & stretches 
The Farnborough Airshow livened up Tuesday with a flurry of new aircraft orders, including two big A320neo deals with Asian low-cost carriers. But if any themes are emerging from this show, it’s about Airbus and Boeing testing the airline appetites for larger variants of new aircraft; and also about OEMs securing long-term support service agreements.
LCC AirAsia orders 100 Airbus A321neos 
Malaysia-based low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia signed a firm order with Airbus for 100 A321neos, the largest single new order for commercial jets announced so far at the Farnborough Airshow.
Boeing 737 MAX readies for international debut at Farnborough 
The Boeing 737 MAX narrowbody will make its international airshow debut Monday when it takes part in the flying display of the Farnborough Airshow.
GE invests in new technologies to deliver record backlog 
GE Aviation has a business backlog of $154 billion and expects to deliver more than 2,800 large commercial engines this year, the company said on the eve of the Farnborough Airshow.
American Airlines Cuba
US DOT spreads Havana flight rights across 8 airlines, 10 cities 
The US has divided the first available tranche of daily flights to Havana, Cuba, among eight US carriers, including all four majors as well as four smaller, low-cost carriers (LCCs).
Video: Bombardier CSeries landing
Bombardier delivered the first CSeries aircraft to Lufthansa subsidiary SWISS June 29. Bombardier then provided a 45 minute demo flight to media on one of its CSeries flight test aircraft. ATW editor Karen Walker was onboard and videoed the landing.
Blogs & Commentary
Aug 18, 2016

The significance of United’s CFO selection

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Aug 17, 2016

Punishment and reward

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