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.

Analysis - Win, Win
There was a distinctly mellow feel to the Paris Air Show as Airbus and Boeing’s record backlogs inevitably started to pinch the sales.
Jetstar Boeing 787-9
Hong Kong denies Qantas’ LCC Jetstar application  1
Hong Kong regulatory authorities have denied Qantas Group its application to start a low-cost carrier (LCC) in Hong Kong.
Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Bregier with Airbus COO-customers John Leahy
Airbus & Boeing both claim Paris Air Show wins  1
Airbus claimed victory over rival Boeing at the Paris Air Show with orders and commitments totaling 421 aircraft announced through the week, but Boeing’s 331 commercial airplane sales included a far larger number of higher value widebodies.
Garuda Indonesia Boeing 777-300ER
Boeing to help Garuda Indonesia in FAA Category 1 quest 
Boeing has made it a “top priority” to help Garuda Indonesia gain FAA Category 1 status, the company’s head of commercial airplanes said this week.
Business class on China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER designed by Taiwan’s Ray Chen.
China Airlines displays designer cabin on 777-300ER 
A China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER parked in the Paris Air Show static display this week is generating a buzz for its cabin, which was designed by a top Taiwanese architect.
Boeing ‘looks closely’ at 757-type market gap  1
Boeing sees a future market for a 757 replacement aircraft that would fit between the largest 737 MAX variant and the 787-8, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner said.
Airbus bullish on very large aircraft market despite slow A380 sales 
Airbus continues to promote the need for the A380 to support projected air traffic growth over the next 20 years, arguing that only very large aircraft (VLA) can deliver the numbers of people expected to travel between the world’s mega-city hubs.
Qatar oneworld logo
Qatar CEO sends message to Delta CEO at Paris Air Show  4
Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar al Baker used a press conference at the Paris Air Show to send a message to the CEO of Delta Air Lines after he signed firm contracts for 14 Boeing 777s.
Rendering of A330-300 Regional in Saudia livery
Saudi Arabian becomes launch customer for A330-300 Regional 
Airbus announced Saudi Arabian Airlines, operating as Saudia, as its launch customer for the A330-300 Regional with a firm order for 20 of the aircraft plus a firm order for 20 A320ceos.
CFM commits to keeping LEAP maintenance costs at CFM56 levels 
CFM International will keep its maintenance costs for the new LEAP narrowbody engine to levels at or similar to those of the current CFM56 engine, company senior executives said Sunday on the eve of the Paris Air Show.
American Airlines and Qantas tails
American Airlines, Qantas step up partnership with new transpacific routes 
American Airlines (AA) and Qantas Airways are expanding their joint business by adding new service between the US and Australia, the CEOs of the two airlines announced in Miami Tuesday.
Aeromexico CEO Andres Conesa
IATA AGM in Dublin in 2016; Aeromexico CEO named IATA chairman 
Dublin and Aer Lingus will host the 72nd IATA AGM next year and Aeromexico CEO Andres Conesa has been installed as the new chairman of the IATA board of governors.
IATA DG and CEO Tony Tyler
Tyler: IATA ‘not the battleground’ for US vs Gulf dispute 
IATA DG Tony Tyler broke his silence Monday on the acrimonious subsidy dispute between the three major US carriers and the three largest Gulf carriers, saying during his opening address at the association’s AGM in Miami that IATA did not have a mandate to take a position on the issue.
Venezuela gets stern IATA warning on withheld $3.7 billion 
IATA is stepping up its campaign to press Venezuela to release $3.7 billion in funds belonging to airlines.
AAPA chief sees better year for Asian airlines, but still a tough market 
Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region will definitely see financial improvements this year compared with 2014, but it’s still tough-going despite the region’s continued growth.

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