Karen Walker

Air Transport World

Karen Walker is ATW’s Editor-in-Chief. She had been covering the aerospace industry for almost 30 years. She has specialist knowledge in training, simulation, safety and aeropolitics.

MH17 wreckage
Obama: Missile shot down MH17; Malaysia Airlines says Eurocontrol approved route 
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that crashed over Ukraine Thursday, killing all 298 on board, was shot down by a surface-to-air-missile (SAM) from territory controlled by Russian-supporting militants, US President Barack Obama said Friday.
Wreckages of Malaysia Airlines MH17
Malaysia Airlines 777 crashes over Ukraine: missile strike suspected 
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER with 280 passengers and 15 crew crashed Thursday in Ukraine, killing everyone on board and sparking a massive international political crisis as evidence pointed to the aircraft being shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president CEO Ray Conner and Qatar CEO Akbar Al Bake
Qatar takes 777X deal to 100 aircraft  2
Qatar Airways has finalized an order for 50 Boeing 777-9Xs, valued at $18.9 billion at current list prices.
Rendering of Airbus A350-900 in Air Mauritius livery
Air Mauritius to buy four A350s, lease two more 
Air Mauritius signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday for four Airbus A350-900s and said it would lease two more of the all-new widebody.
Airbus COO-customers John Leahy, AirAsia co-founder and director Tony Fernandes
AirAsia X commits to 50 A330neos 
Low-cost carrier AirAsia X signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday for 50 Airbus A330-900neos, becoming the launch airline customer for the re-engined widebody that was launched Monday at the Farnborough Airshow.
Rendering of A320neo in SMBC Aviation Capital livery
Asia-Pacific lessors place orders for 158 A320s 
Japanese lessor SMBC Aviation Capital and Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation placed orders Tuesday at the Farnborough Airshow for a total of 158 Airbus A320 family aircraft.
Rendering of A330-900neo in CIT Aerospace livery
Two more lessors sign MOUs for new A330neo 
Avolon and CIT Aerospace each signed memorandums of understanding for 15 Airbus A330neos at the Farnborough Airshow Tuesday, making it a leasing company hat trick for the newly launched re-engined widebody.
Rolls-Royce president-civil large engines Eric Schulz with Airbus president & CE
Airbus extends re-engined neo concept to A330 
After much deliberation and market analysis, Airbus has forged ahead with a full launch of the A330neo, extending the re-engined concept to its widebody offering and saying it sees a market for 1,100 aircraft.
Qatar Airways A350-900 on display
Qatar has huge Farnborough presence despite A380 no-show 
While Qatar Airways abandoned plans to bring its first Airbus A380 to the Farnborough Airshow this week, the Doha-based carrier still has brought one of the largest-ever presences at an air show by an airline.
AerCap president and CCO Philip Scruggs and Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Bré
ALC president: A330neo price is compelling 
US lessor Air Lease Corp. (ALC) became the launch customer for the Airbus A330neo Monday, signing a memorandum of understanding for 25 -900 variants at a list price of $6.9 billion and saying the price of the re-engined widebody could not be ignored.
Carry-on electric devices subject to extra checks in stepped-up airport security 
Passengers may be asked to power up their carry-on electronic devices as part of stepped up security measures, the US Transportation Security Administration announced Sunday.
TSA steps up security for US-bound flights 
The US government has directed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement increased security measures for certain airports with direct flights to the US.
Fokker 50 cargo aircraft crashes at Nairobi Airport 
A Fokker 50 cargo aircraft has crashed shortly after takeoff from Nairobi Airport, killing all four crew, according to CNN, Reuters and other news reports.
MH370 underwater search areas
New search area for MH370 announced; aircraft believed to be on autopilot before crash 
The new search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that vanished in March has been announced and Australian officials have said the aircraft was “highly likely” to have been on autopilot before it crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.
PIA Airbus A310 attacked by gunfire; one passenger killed 
A passenger on board a Pakistan International Airlines’ Airbus A310 was killed and others were wounded when the aircraft was hit by gunfire as it landed at Peshawar Airport in the early hours of Wednesday.

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