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.

EDITORIAL: Don’t let US majors chip away at Open Skies 
The single largest benefit to airlines and consumers that has occurred in the history of commercial air transportation began as a concept that crystallized into the US model known as Open Skies.
American Airlines Boeing 787-8
American to end Etihad & Qatar codeshares over subsidy row 
American Airlines is ending its codeshare relationships with Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways as a protest against what it alleges to be government subsidies of the major Gulf carriers.
Norwegian Boeing 787-8
EC official to US: Resolve Norwegian UK application soon 
Europe will begin the arbitration process over Norwegian UK’s (NUK) application to serve US routes if the US does not soon approve the application, a senior European Commission (EC) official warned this week.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker
American CEO: Qatar bid strengthens resolve on Gulf subsidies issue 
In a letter to employees, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says he finds Qatar Airways’ unsolicited bid to invest in American “puzzling” and that it strengthens his resolve against illegally subsidized companies.
American to find new uniform supplier after crew complaints 
American Airlines will find a new supplier for its uniforms after coming under pressure from its flight attendants union and crew members who complained the clothing caused reactions.
Qatar A350-900
Qatar Airways seeks up to 10% stake in American Airlines 
Qatar Airways has made an unsolicited bid to take up to a 10% stake—an investment of at least $808 million—in American Airlines, an SEC filing American submitted Thursday revealed.
Rendering of 737 MAX 10 in Xiamen Airlines’ livery
Xiamen joins fast-growing MAX 10 customer list 
Xiamen Airlines on Wednesday joined a long and still-growing string of customers for the new 737 MAX 10 that Boeing launched at the Paris Air Show this week.
Rendering of A320neo in Viva Air livery
Viva Air signs MOU for 50 A320s 
Latin American low-cost carrier (LCC) group Viva Air signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 35 A320neos and 15 A320ceos.
Upbeat CEO promises United will become world’s best airline 
An upbeat and energized United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz told a New York audience Thursday that his company’s mission was to become the best airline in the world.
Malaysia Airlines ditches Auckland route plan for A350 
Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) still expects to receive its first Airbus A350 XWB by the end of this year, but is no longer planning to put the widebody on Kuala Lumpur-Auckland routes, the carrier’s CEO said this week.
AAPA chief urges multi-pronged aviation emissions effort 
Airlines globally remain focused on their agreed emissions offsetting and reduction goals despite the US turnaround on the Paris Agreement, but there must be an all-out effort to achieve those targets by 2020, the head of the Asia Pacific Airlines Association (AAPA) said this week.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz
United’s Munoz says frequent fliers are impressed with airline service 
The CEO of United Airlines, which attracted a barrage of public criticism over its bumped passenger incident, said this week that those who fly regularly are impressed with airline service.
ICAO & IATA seek more common sense in cabin laptop bans 
ICAO is establishing two safety and security groups in the wake of the US and UK aircraft cabin laptop bans and calling for a “prudent balance” of all commercial air transport safety and security risks.
American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
Colombia gives go-ahead for AA-LATAM Colombia JBA 
Colombia has approved the joint business agreement (JBA) between American Airlines and LATAM Airlines Group’s subsidiary LATAM Airlines Colombia.
IATA: Cheap airfares & better global economy boost demand 
World demand for air travel rose sharply in April, thanks to global economic activity and lower airfares, IATA data for the month show.
Blogs & Commentary
Sep 21, 2017

FedEx’s Fred Smith puts e-commerce in perspective

The notion that there is an inexorable march toward e-commerce dominating retail is not borne out by analysis, Smith says....More
Sep 20, 2017

Airline & aviation workers’ heroic acts in disaster-hit regions

Harvey, Katia, Irma, Jose, Maria: a terrible family of destruction. And the brutal 2017 Atlantic hurricane season still has weeks to run and could potentially add more names to fear. I’d like to recognize here the ongoing dedication by the people of the commercial aviation industry who continue to support relief and aid efforts across all the regions affected....More
Sep 19, 2017

O’Leary’s Mea Culpa

Who thought we’d ever see the day that Michael O’Leary said sorry?...More
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