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: Priorities for New DOT Chief
US President-elect’s nomination of Elaine Chao to be Department of Transportation Secretary will likely be an uncontentious nominee with the Senate.
EgyptAir crash: Ministry says explosives traces found 
Egypt is launching a criminal investigation into the crash of an EgyptAir Airbus A320 after stating that traces of explosives have been found on some of the bodies of those onboard.
Rendering of 787 in Qantas livery
Qantas to launch Perth-London 787 17-hour nonstop service 
Qantas announced it will launch Perth-London Heathrow nonstop service in March 2018 using the Boeing 787-9 for the 9,000 mile, 17-hour flight.
737 MAX 8
Boeing secures contract to provide Iran Air 80 aircraft 
Boeing announced Sunday it had firmed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed with Iran Air earlier this year for 50 narrowbody and 30 widebody aircraft in a deal valued at $16.6 billion at list prices.
Brazil to announce streamlined regulation package for airlines 
Brazil is expected to announce details next week of an act that will streamline some of the complex web of regulation it currently imposes on the country’s airlines.
IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac
New IATA chief lays out priorities; calls Heathrow runway cost ‘outrageous’ 
Settling into his new role as the head of IATA, director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac has made clear his frustration with government policies that fail to recognize the value of aviation.
IATA chief economist Brian Pearce
IATA forecasts drop in global airline profitability in 2017 
The world’s airlines will continue their streak of collective profitability in 2017, but anticipated higher costs, coupled with a sluggish global economy that lead IATA forecasters to believe next year’s industry net profit will be almost $6 billion lower than 2016’s expected profit.
Norwegian 787-8
DOT grants Norwegian permit to begin US services 
Norwegian Air International (NAI) has been granted approval to begin flights between Ireland and the US after a three-year process in which the US Department of Transportation (DOT) seemed reluctant to give the go-ahead despite being unable to find any legal reason to reject the application.
Bombardier to deliver first CS300 to launch customer airBaltic 
Canadian manufacturer Bombardier plans to deliver the first CS300 to launch operator airBaltic Monday, Nov. 28.
Asia-Pacific carriers seek more consistent government oversight 
Government barriers that threaten airline profitability and growth potential is a key concern among Asia-Pacific airline executives, particularly duplicative and unfair regulatory oversight trends.
Despite SIA pressure, Airbus could delay A350 stretch decision 
Singapore Airlines is pushing for a stretched version of the Airbus A350 to be launched, but the manufacturer is not yet convinced the time is right.
Malaysia Airlines A380
Malaysia Airlines to reconfigure A380s for Hajj flights 
Malaysia Airlines has confirmed plans to reconfigure and reassign its six Airbus A380s to a new carrier unit dedicated to transporting Hajj pilgrimage passengers.
Challenges & opportunities ahead for Asia-Pacific aviation market 
Asia-Pacific airlines will benefit from some of world’s largest and fastest-growing markets but also will face considerable challenges meeting demand with many low-cost carriers likely to struggle if oil prices rise.
Rendering of A320neo in Peach livery
Japan’s Peach orders Airbus A320neos & more ceos 
Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) Peach Aviation has signed a firm order for 10 Airbus A320neos and three A320ceos, it was announced Nov. 18.
Asia-Pacific carriers continue growth but wary of uncertain economy 
Nervousness and uncertainty about the global economy and intense competition are giving leaders of Asia-Pacific carriers cause for concern even though the region is maintaining a fast-growth track in terms of passengers carried.
Blogs & Commentary
Jan 6, 2017

Aviation’s 2017 nightmares begin in Fort Lauderdale

There is still a lot to be learned from today’s shooting incident at Fort Lauderdale Airport, but this is the nightmare the industry – especially US airlines and airports – feared as we entered a new year....More
Jan 3, 2017

In defense of airlines’ checked baggage fees

Those wanting checked baggage fees rescinded are inadvertently advocating for worse customer service for passengers....More
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