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.

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.
United’s Munoz among speakers at IATA AGM next week 
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz will be a panelist during sessions programmed for the IATA AGM that opens in Cancun Sunday.
Transportation Security Administration dog sniffer.
IATA proposes alternative solutions to carry-on electronics ban 
Additional security and screening measures at airports, including the use of sniffer dogs, are being proposed to US and UK authorities in an attempt to ward off a wider implementation of the laptop carry-on bans, IATA said Thursday.
CAE sees record year for civil training sales 
Flight simulator and training service provider sold 50 full flight simulators (FFS) during its 2017 fiscal year, the Canadian company reported in its annual and fourth-quarter results released May 31.
US appeals court upholds block on Trump’s revised travel ban 
A US federal appeals court has upheld the block on President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, saying the executive order’s text speaks vague words of national security, but its context “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination”.
AAPA chief: Laptop ban brings ‘no tangible security benefits’ 
As airlines and airports steel themselves for a possible widening of the US ban on laptops and similar-sized personal electronics in the cabin, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has warned against falling into “the trap of knee-jerk reactions.”
Blogs & Commentary
Jul 24, 2017

New US security rules are a win for common sense

The US government’s new security rules for all international flights bound for the US came into effect last week. I experienced them first hand at Auckland airport and, if that experience proves typical, this is a win for safety and for common sense....More
Jul 21, 2017

Joon know your target audience? ​

Air France has finally given birth to new lower-cost airline Joon, but is the baby too genetically similar to its elderly parent to appeal to millennials?...More
Jul 7, 2017

Wait-and-see approach is still best on new US security requirements

The foundation is in place for the new standards to be problematic for airlines down the road....More
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