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.

Interview: Peter Baumgartner CEO, Etihad Airways 
Peter Baumgartner describes how Etihad is dealing with the perfect storm of two failed equity partners, a fight over Open Skies and concerns over terrorism.
UAV Management: Momentum builds to integrate UAVs in commercial airspace 
UAV use is growing quickly and penetrating many commercial markets. Airlines, airports and air traffic managers want a way to share airspace safely.
American plans enhancements, service segmentation by fare levels 
American Airlines is planning more enhancements to its onboard products as it pursues a strategy of segmenting cabins to offer multiple levels of service at different fare points.
Bellew to return to Ryanair as COO
Malaysia Airlines Berhad CEO and group managing director Peter Bellew will leave his post in December to rejoin Ryanair as COO.
Airbus & Bombardier to partner on CSeries; build aircraft in Alabama
Airbus and Bombardier are forming a partnership that will see both manufacturers build and market the CSeries narrowbody, with plans to create a second final assembly line in the US.
Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau announcing new UAV operation rules
Canada confirms UAV struck commercial aircraft
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) struck a commercial aircraft last week as it flew into Quebec City airport, the Canadian Minister of Transport said in a statement Sunday. The aircraft, flown by Skyjet, sustained minor damage but landed safely.
Etihad CEO Peter Baumgartner
Etihad CEO looks to redefine airline’s future
Etihad Airways’ executive team is close to completing its strategic review and setting a new five- and 10-year plan after being rocked financially by what its CEO calls “a perfect storm” of multiple circumstances..
Qatar & Vietjet form interline partnership
Qatar Airways and LCC Vietjet Air have entered an interline agreement that will extend Qatar’s network to eight more cities in Vietnam.
MH370 unknowns ‘unacceptable,’ ATSB says in closing report
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which coordinated and led the huge underwater search for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that went missing in 2014, has issued its final report, saying it is “almost inconceivable and certainly societally unacceptable” that what happened to the aircraft and those onboard remains unknown.
American adds onboard perks across multi-segment cabins 

American Airlines is planning more enhancements to its onboard products as it pursues a strategy of segmenting cabins to offer multiple levels of service at different fare points.

A350 XWB
American nears A350 decision; no interest in 100-seater 
American Airlines expects to make a final decision on its order for 22 Airbus A350-900s within six months and possibly by the end of 2017.
American’s Parker: Multi-billion dollar profitability is sustainable 
American Airlines is confident it will continue to produce annual profits averaging $5 billion and will never again lose money, chairman and CEO Doug Parker said Thursday.
Interview: Christopher Luxon CEO, Air New Zealand 
Luxon explains how culture drives Air New Zealand. The carrier benchmarks itself against high-performing companies in other sectors, not other airlines.
What does it mean to be a technology-led airline? 
How an airline can transform its business by leveraging technology
EDITORIAL: Trimming Europe’s LCC landscape
Europe’s LCCs are still focused on growth and will want to add frequencies and push more into the territories traditionally held by the flagships.
Blogs & Commentary
Oct 18, 2017

Planes, Politics & Protectionism

It’s ironic that the US is seeing a surge in activity that smacks of protectionism under a Republican president; one who campaigned on his credentials as a businessman....More
Oct 17, 2017

Airbus-Bombardier CSeries shocker: First thoughts

There will be much more to say about the blockbuster Airbus-Bombardier CSeries deal, in which Airbus will become the majority stakeholder in the CSeries program, in the days and weeks ahead. Here are a few initial thoughts…...More
Oct 13, 2017

Basic economy is a success if it does NOT sell

The success of basic economy 'isn’t how many people buy it, but how many people don’t buy it.'...More
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