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.

Getting Personal 
More and more, airlines want their customers to know they really know them. Airlines see personalization as a way to differentiate their service and build customer loyalty in an increasingly competitive market. And they also see new revenue opportunities from customization.
Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200
Delta to end Dubai service; blames Gulf carriers  6
Delta Air Lines announced Wednesday it will cease its Atlanta-Dubai service from Feb. 11, 2016, blaming “overcapacity” from Gulf carriers for the pullout.
Editorial - MH17: The work still to be done 1
The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) has done an excellent job investigating the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines MH17.
IATA NDC continues development path, welcomed by travel agents 
IATA is making “strong progress” toward implementing the New Distribution Capability (NDC) initiative that is developing a set of common standards for presenting and distributing airline tickets and products, with the first set of NDC messages approved.
IATA chief warns changes needed to cope with forecasted airline passenger growth 
The global airline industry is on a path toward financial sustainability, but will need to become more efficient and use new processes if it is to cope with the forecast doubling of passengers carried annually in 20 years, the head of IATA warned Tuesday.
Qatar CEO sees IFE systems disappearing; pleased with IATA NDC tests  1
The need for installed IFE systems onboard airliners will disappear as personal smart devices proliferate and connectivity services broaden, the head of Qatar Airways believes.
ATW Video: Finnair A350 XWB first flight takeoff
Finnair A350 XWB takeoff on its first flight from Toulouse to Helsinki.
Finnair A350 XWB business class
Finnair brings designer flair to A350 fleet; expects early payoff 
Finnair intends to differentiate its onboard service with an all-new cabin interior designed for its Airbus A350 XWB fleet by a Helsinki-based design company that has made its mark with restaurants and cruise ships.
Finnair A350
Finnair takes delivery of first A350; announces new Asia routes  1
Finnair has taken delivery of its first of 19 Airbus A350 XWBs, flying the aircraft from the Toulouse factory where it was made to Helsinki and becoming the world’s third and Europe’s first airline to operate the new widebody.
Airbus and Bombardier deal talks called off 
Airbus Group issued a statement Oct. 7 confirming that it had been exploring business opportunities with Canada-based Bombardier, but said that such discussions were no longer being pursued.
Singapore Airlines launch airline for Panasonic personalized mobile app
Singapore Airlines has signed with Panasonic Avionics to become the first airline to introduce a mobile app that personalizes a passenger’s journey end-to-end.
SAS rolls out cabin design for new A330s and long-haul fleet 
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has rolled out a new cabin design and IFE and connectivity products to coincide with its taking delivery of new Airbus A330-300s, for which it it’s the first European operator of the 242-tonne version.
Virgin America strikes deal with NetFlix
Virgin America has signed an agreement with Internet TV company NetFlix that allows the US carrier to stream NetFlix’s full catalog of films and shows to passengers.
Lufthansa Systems launches portable version of BoardConnect IFE
Lufthansa Systems has developed a small, portable version of its BoardConnect IFE system that gives airlines the option of bringing on a low-cost, entry-level onboard entertainment system.
Boeing picks Rockwell Collins for 777X server security system
Boeing has selected Rockwell Collins to provide a server security system for the new 777X widebody.
Blogs & Commentary
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American History

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Was the TAM merger a mistake for LAN? 3

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