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.

Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 787-8
DOT postpones Norwegian Air International decision
Norwegian Air Shuttle said Tuesday that the US Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced it needs more time to reach a decision on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign carrier permit to serve the US from Europe.
Bombardier CSeries 100
Bombardier CSeries customer declines launch operator spot
Swedish company Braathens Aviation has told Bombardier it no longer wants to be the launch operator of the CSeries 110 to 169-seat airliner.
EASA restructures to promote easier links with industry
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has restructured in a move it says will enable it to engage more pragmatically with the aviation industry.
Interview - ACI DG Angela Gittens 
Gittens is a tireless advocate for airports but she also champions a holistic view of the air transport system in which all players work together on key issues.
Wars & Duties
The commercial air transportation industry is moving to address safety gaps in the system exposed by the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July. The problem the industry has, however, is that solutions to this crisis lie outside of the commercial industry, whose representative organizations have little to no power to enforce change.
Norwegian Boeing 787-8
Norwegian claims EC support for US services; ALPA cites safety concerns
Norwegian Air International (NAI), the long-haul arm of low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian Air Shuttle, claimed European Commission support Tuesday in its efforts to gain US approval to fly between Europe and the US.
MH17: The Unthinkable Happens 
Malaysia Airlines is struggling to cope with the aftermath of the shooting down of its Boeing 777-200 aircraft 9M-MRD, operating flight MH17 out of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport July17.
China Service 
From a startup in 1989, Ameco Beijing—a joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa—has grown to become China’s largest MRO provider with more than 6,000 employees, almost 100 customers worldwide, and revenues of $500 million.
Analysis - No Plan B 
After much deliberation and market analysis, Airbus has forged ahead with a full launch of the A330neo, extending the re-engined concept to its widebody offering and saying it sees a market for 1,100 aircraft.
Task force to examine airspace safety in wake of MH17 
ICAO, IATA and other major global aviation organizations are forming a high-level international task force of state and industry experts to look at airspace security issues raised by the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 earlier this month.
Editorial - A Trust Broken 
The terrible irony of the shooting down of flight MH17, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 with 298 people on board, is that in this, the 100th anniversary year of commercial air transportation, modern airliners and engines have never been safer or more reliable than they are today. And yet, within the space of six months, two Boeing 777s have been lost along with the lives of almost 530 passengers and crew.
FAA lifts ban on flights to Tel Aviv: monitors situation 
FAA has lifted its ban on US airline flights into and out of Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport that was put in place after a rocket strike near the airport Tuesday. The agency has cancelled its Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that was first issued Tuesday and extended by another 25 hours yesterday
Air Algerie plaque in Paris airlines office
Air Algerie MD-83 missing 
Contact has been lost with an Air Algerie Boeing MD-83 with 110 passengers and six crew on board.
Malaysia Airlines MH17 wreckage near Donetsk, Ukraine
Dutch Safety Board takes over MH17 investigation lead 
The Dutch Safety Board has taken over formal responsibility for the investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17.

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