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.

Airbus launched its US manufacturing location in Mobile, Alabama
Airbus prepares to open first US A320 factory 1
Airbus will hold inaugural ceremonies in Mobile, Alabama, Sept. 14 as top executives and US dignitaries celebrate the opening of the company’s first US manufacturing facility.
Lufthansa A320
Lufthansa CEO warns of ‘brutal changes’ in industry 
European airlines need more support from their governments in a fast-changing world where now-privatized carriers are competing with state-owned airlines, Lufthansa Group’s top executive said.
Airbus chief urges action on US ATC system reform 
Action, not more debate, is needed to transition the US air traffic system out of FAA and into a stand-alone corporation, Airbus Americas’ chief and former FAA administrator Allan McArtor told a Washington DC audience Sept. 2.
Pacific Campaign 
An improved US economy combined with a loosening of US visa requirements for Chinese visitors is spurring a new drive into the US market by Chinese airlines.
Tyler to retire from IATA next year 
IATA CEO and director general Tony Tyler will retire in June 2016 after serving five years in the position. Tyler’s retirement was announced Aug. 28 and the search for his successor has begun.
Etihad CEO: Aviation is global industry with global investment needs 
Airlines should have access to global investment funds to help them grow efficiently, the head of Etihad Airways and its alliance of strategic airline partners said.
FAA issues list detailing UAV sightings in commercial airspace 
FAA has released a list of all reports by pilots, air traffic and the public of possible encounters with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that were submitted between Nov. 2014 and August 20.
Editorial: Get small drones out of airport airspace 6
There’s an irony to the fact that the newest threat to airliner safety was created by man but operates unmanned.
Qantas to buy eight Boeing 787-9s 
Qantas has signed a letter of intent with Boeing to buy eight 787-9 Dreamliners, Boeing announced Aug.
First debris drift model in early MH370 search was flawed 
Australia has admitted that a drift model initially used to determine the best areas to search for wreckage from missing MH370, a Boeing 777-200, was wrong.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) delivers a statement on MH370
Reunion wing flap is from MH370, Malaysia prime minister confirms  4
Malaysia’s prime minister has confirmed that the piece of aircraft wing discovered on Reunion Island last week is from flight MH370, the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 that disappeared last year.
FedEx MD-11
FedEx details $billions US trade value from Open Skies 
US exports made possible through Open Skies agreements will contribute $900 billion and 347,000 jobs to the US economy, according to a study commissioned by FedEx to support its opposition to the anti-Gulf carrier campaign headed by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
New US airline coalition opposes ‘Big 3’ Gulf campaign 
Four US airlines have formed a new coalition to oppose the campaign to fight expansion of the Gulf carriers in the US. The CEOs of Atlas Air, FedEx, Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue Airways have submitted a joint letter to the US government saying that what American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are seeking would be a breach of Open Skies treaties and a political maneuver to reduce competition.
MH370 debris
Malaysia official says Reunion wreckage is from a Boeing 777  4
Malaysia’s transport minister told media Sunday that a piece of debris found on Reunion Island last week is from a Boeing 777. The statement raises confidence that this may be the first piece of wreckage to be recovered from flight MH370 which vanished last year.
BBC: second large object found on Reunion Island, could be from aircraft 
A second piece of wreckage, possibly an aircraft door, has been found on Reunion Island in the southern Indian Ocean, the BBC reported Sunday, Aug. 2. The discovery follows that of a large piece of debris found last week on the island and which is believed to be a wing flap from a large airliner.

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