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.

Less Liberal?
With more than 100 liberalized air services agreements in place, the US State Department touts Open Skies policy on its website fact sheet as “promoting increased travel and trade and spurring high-quality job opportunity and economic growth.” In reality, some in the US are questioning whether Open Skies policy should be “revisited.”
Interview - Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh
International Airlines Group (IAG) acquired Aer Lingus in September, bringing it under the Group umbrella that includes British Airways and Spanish carriers Iberia and Vueling. Stephen Kavanagh joined Aer Lingus in 1988 and was appointed CEO in March 2015.
Aer Lingus CEO: “we welcome new entrants” in transatlantic market 3
Ireland’s pro-aviation policy, embracing deregulation and liberalizing market access, is visionary and helps enable growth among airlines, lessors, MROs and aviation and travel companies, the CEO of Aer Lingus told a Washington DC audience this week.
Editorial - Queue Pain
Passengers at Chicago O’Hare and other major US hubs have been missing their flights, sometimes sleeping in cots on airport floors, as security screening queues have grown painfully longer through this spring.
Editorial - Queue Pain 2
Passengers at Chicago O’Hare and other major US hubs have been missing their flights, sometimes sleeping in cots on airport floors, as security screening queues have grown painfully longer through this spring.
Norwegian 787-9
NAI supporters dispel opponent claims as unions protest in Washington 7
Accusations from those opposed to granting Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit are “false and slanderous,” the carrier’s supporters said Thursday.
London Heathrow’s plan for expansion with a third runway
IAG’s Walsh: ‘I will fight’ current Heathrow third runway plan 10
The current proposal to build a third runway at London Heathrow Airport is “indefensible” from a cost point of view and the head of British Airways’ parent company will fight it.
US is getting further behind in airspace management technology 2
US NextGen air traffic control technology is a decade old even as it’s introduced and the nation is rapidly falling behind other countries with more advanced air traffic management systems.
IATA chief optimistic for global market-based carbon agreement 1
IATA DG and CEO Tony Tyler is optimistic that world governments will agree on a global carbon offsetting scheme for commercial aviation later this year.
Hogan heads Etihad Group; Baumgartner is Etihad CEO in new management structure
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways president and CEO James Hogan has been promoted to Group president and CEO, while Peter Baumgartner has become Etihad Airways CEO under a new management structure announced May 8.
Solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 (Si2)
Solar Impulse completes first leg of trans-US journey
The solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) has completed the first leg of its US transcontinental journey, landing in Phoenix, Arizona.
Rendering of CS100 in Delta livery
Delta orders 75 Bombardier CS100s in ‘watershed’ deal for CSeries 5
Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 75 Bombardier CS100s, becoming the US launch customer for the aircraft in a deal that is highly significant for the Canadian-made narrowbody. The order immediately makes Atlanta-based Delta the world’s largest CSeries customer.
ATW Photo Gallery-New Airbus DC experience center
Airbus Group will next week open an office and experience center in the heart of Washington DC on Pennsylvania Avenue. The eighth-floor facility brings together what were previously two separate downtown offices, one for the company’s military and space business, formerly called EADS, and one for its commercial operations. They now operate under the single Airbus Group name, with the North American headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, close to Washington Dulles Airport.
Analysis - Fewer & Fewer
After what Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden described as a “hard fought competition,” his company walked away with the $4 billion prize—a rare opportunity to grow via an acquisition-merger with Virgin America.
Editorial - When Hours Rule 1
When it came into force, the so-called “1,500 hour rule” for US pilots was an understandable reaction to a series of fatal regional airline crashes.
Blogs & Commentary
May 25, 2016

Second leg: Air France delivers my bag but loses 13 passengers

Happy to report that I am in Barcelona and so is my bag. Two flights completed from Hamburg to Barcelona, via Paris Charles de Gaulle, in Air France Airbus A319s....More
May 24, 2016

Dulles to Hamburg, hassle-free and bag delivered 2

The first leg started and finished well. Bag drop-off at Washington Dulles was a breeze – I had checked in online, walked right up to the counter and the bag was tagged and placed on the belt in two minutes....More
ATW On-Location

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