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.

Libyan traveler packs his laptop in a suitcase at Tunis Carthage airport.
FAA issued safety bulletin on PEDs after US carry-on ban 
FAA has issued a safety information bulletin related to the new security bans on most personal electronics in carry-on bags on certain flights, but is not making that bulletin public, ATW learned today.
Kuwaiti social media activist Thamer al-Dakheel Bourashed
EASA issues fire safety warning on personal electronics in cargo hold 
In a bulletin that seems to directly question the wisdom of the new US and UK bans on large electronic devices in carry-on luggage, Europe’s aviation safety authority today warns that such devices are “dangerous goods” in the cargo hold.
Australia starts extra screening process for UAE and Qatar flights 
Australia is requiring extra screening measures at boarding gates of flights to Australia from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha airports, but is not banning passengers from carrying onboard their electronic devices.
AACO chief calls for clarification on electronics carry-on ban 
The head of the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) is urging ICAO to seek clarification on the nature of the threat that prompted the US and UK ban on electronics in the cabin.
AAPA: Asian airlines feel effect of cabin electronics ban 
Asian carriers are being affected by the US and UK cabin electronics ban even though the new security rules do not target their home hubs or countries.
Airline of the Year: American Airlines 
In bringing together American Airlines and US Airways, the company’s leaders knew it would be the world’s biggest airline. They also wanted it to be the best.
Editorial: The Cuban conundrum
The US-Cuba commercial aviation market has gone from hot to lukewarm in the six months since it reopened after more than 50 years.
Emirates A380
Emirates offers computer option for US flights; exempts Athens/Milan 
Emirates Airline is offering passengers a special handling service on flights affected by the new US electronics carry-on ban so they can keep their laptops and tablets with them until they board the aircraft.
US & UK ban carry-on electronics, citing unspecified terrorist concerns 
In the space of 24 hours, the US and UK issued directives barring passengers from taking personal electronic devices larger than a smartphone in their carry-on bags onboard certain flights.
All Gulf majors & Turkish affected by new US electronics carry-on ban 
Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines are among the carriers affected by a US government emergency order that bans passengers from keeping their personal electronic devices in their carry-on bags on flights to the US.
Airline tweet prompts new US security rules speculation 
A statement posted on Royal Jordanian Airlines’ Twitter feed Monday prompted speculation that the US was about to issue a new set of security rules banning airlines flying between the US and certain Middle Eastern and African countries from allowing passengers to bring onboard electric devices, including computers, in their carry-on.
Interview: Doug Parker, chairman and CEO, American Airlines 
Doug Parker, CEO of 2017 ATW Airline of the Year American Airlines, says it's his job to create an environment where people can thrive.
President Trump at the White House
US ATC would separate from government under Trump 2018 budget proposal 
US air traffic control would be taken out of FAA and placed under the management of an independent agency under President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal.
Brendon O'Hagan/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Air New Zealand & Qantas form new lobbying group 
Air New Zealand, Qantas and four other airlines are establishing an association to lobby on common causes such as airport fees, taxes and infrastructure reform.
American CEO Doug Parker
American’s Parker: Gulf carriers threaten US hub-and-spoke system 
In another indication that there is a renewed push against the expansion of the major Gulf carriers in the US, American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker said he was “highly confident” that the new Trump administration would address the issue.
Blogs & Commentary
May 25, 2017

Just get it right ​

Every day there is a new headline about an airline getting it wrong, but a recent study revealed that North American passengers are apparently happier than ever....More
May 10, 2017

The face of an airline

It is almost impossible to imagine Etihad Airways without James Hogan, but come July that will be a reality. How do airline brands move on when their face changes?...More
May 5, 2017

Doug Parker: ‘Our stock is so undervalued it defies logic’

What will it take for Wall Street to buy into the notion that US airlines are safe—and even forward-thinking—investments?...More
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