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.

MH370 unknowns ‘unacceptable,’ ATSB says in closing report 
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which coordinated and led the huge underwater search for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that went missing in 2014, has issued its final report, saying it is “almost inconceivable and certainly societally unacceptable” that what happened to the aircraft and those onboard remains unknown.
American adds onboard perks across multi-segment cabins 

American Airlines is planning more enhancements to its onboard products as it pursues a strategy of segmenting cabins to offer multiple levels of service at different fare points.

A350 XWB
American nears A350 decision; no interest in 100-seater 
American Airlines expects to make a final decision on its order for 22 Airbus A350-900s within six months and possibly by the end of 2017.
American’s Parker: Multi-billion dollar profitability is sustainable 
American Airlines is confident it will continue to produce annual profits averaging $5 billion and will never again lose money, chairman and CEO Doug Parker said Thursday.
Interview: Christopher Luxon CEO, Air New Zealand 
Luxon explains how culture drives Air New Zealand. The carrier benchmarks itself against high-performing companies in other sectors, not other airlines.
What does it mean to be a technology-led airline? 
How an airline can transform its business by leveraging technology
EDITORIAL: Trimming Europe’s LCC landscape 
Europe’s LCCs are still focused on growth and will want to add frequencies and push more into the territories traditionally held by the flagships.
AirAsia X eyes more growth in frequencies, markets 
​AirAsia’s long-haul, LCC affiliate, AirAsia X, is looking to increase frequencies on its most popular routes and expand into markets such as Hawaii.
EDITORIAL: Overselling the oversell 
It took a long while and a public relations disaster, but US airlines seem to have learned that passengers dislike being kicked off the plane because their flight was oversold.
Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin plan transatlantic JV 
Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic are moving to create a new transatlantic joint venture (JV) triad that includes Air France-KLM acquiring a 31% stake in Virgin and Delta taking a 10% stake in Air France-KLM.
Europe’s aviation landscape changes, but is no easier 
Uncertainty hangs over Europe as the headwinds of Brexit, terrorism, declining yields and ongoing labor battles pummel the industry.
Asia-Pacific airlines see a lift from the economy 
Despite earnings pressure on many Asia-Pacific region airlines in 2017, the annual collective profit for this region is likely to be similar to 2016s.
2017 World Airline Report - Headwinds & Tailwinds 
While the airlines collectively might not be quite as profitable in 2017 as in 2016, it looks increasingly likely they will get close to record net profit.
How will new Boeing 787-10 compare with competition? 
From the outset, the Boeing 787 was designed to be a family of three. Now that the –10 is flying, how will the family stack up against its Airbus rivals?
ANA Holdings setting ambitious goals 
The parent of All Nippon Airways wants to achieve record profitability by 2020 and grow international revenues by 40% while expanding LCC business 10-fold.
Blogs & Commentary
Nov 16, 2017

Alaska’s Cuba pullout signals death of US-Cuba air transport market

Alaska’s Los Angeles-Havana daily flight was a good litmus test for the viability of the US-Cuba market....More
Nov 14, 2017

Dubai Air Show: Ode to the Missing Man

As they walked the line at Dubai’s Fair, They met a man who wasn’t there....More
Nov 10, 2017

Can the air transport industry be ‘Uber-ized’?

Uber has shaken up the taxi market. Could the same happen to air transport? The simple answer is yes. The question is when the next big change will come, or whether it’s already happening....More
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