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 Airways A350 XWB
Delivery of first Airbus A350 to Qatar Airways postponed 
Qatar Airways announced Wednesday that delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 XWB, originally planned for this weekend, has been postponed. No new date for the delivery or reasons for the delay were given; Qatar is the launch customer for the all-new widebody.
Tracking task force makes recommendations in wake of MH370 disappearance 
The Aircraft Tracking Task Force (ATTF) set up in the wake of the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 in March has issued a report with recommendations to improve continuous tracking of airliners.
IATA sees global airline profit growth and lower airfares in 2015  1
Falling oil prices should help boost a weak global economy and lower average airfares by 5% in 2015, IATA said Tuesday.
Malaysia Airlines taps Christoph Mueller for CEO 
Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller, known for his airline turnaround skills, has been tapped to become CEO of Malaysia Airlines next year, it was announced Friday.
Out of Harm's Way 
The shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200, killing all 298 innocent citizens onboard, never should have happened. Even more awful to contemplate, it could have been worse.
Analysis - Looking West 
Ten or more years ago, it would have been rare to hear anyone in the airline industry and based in Southeast Asia to talk with envy of the US carriers. But times have changed. These days, East is definitely looking West with a newly learned respect.
A New Era 
When Qatar Airways was relaunched in 1997, there would have been few people who would have predicted that in less than 20 years, this Doha-based carrier would be a Skytrax five-star operation and a oneworld global alliance member flying to more than 140 destinations. On top of those achievements, Qatar is about to become the world’s first airline to operate the Airbus A350 XWB.
Editorial - Sanctions against Asiana won't improve safety 
The Korean government has ordered Seoul-based Asiana Airlines to suspend its flights to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) for a 45-day period as a penalty for the July 6, 2013 crash of a Boeing 777-200ER at that airport.
Wings Air ATR 72-600
Lion Group orders 40 more ATR 72-600s 
Indonesia's Lion Group signed a purchase agreement Thursday for 40 additional ATR 72-600 turboprops in a deal worth $1 billion at list prices.
Global Galaxy 
For Star Alliance, the global alliance that started it all, there’s no standing still some 17 years after five founding members signed their game-changing agreement in Frankfurt. Today, Star encompasses 27 airlines serving 192 countries and 1,316 airports via 185,000 daily departures.
AAPA DG Andrew Herdman addresses the 58th Assembly of Presidents in Tokyo.
AAPA chief: MH17 shootdown was a military failure 
The head of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) condemned the shooting down in July of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 as “a military failure,” and stressed that maintaining a robust, safe commercial aviation system requires the sharing of information of where and when it is safe to fly.
AAPA DG Adnrew Herdman welcomes Peter Foster, president at Air Astana
Air Astana formally received as AAPA member 
Kazakhstan-based Air Astana was formally welcomed as the newest member of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Wednesday.
Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 777-300ER
Cathay sees no reason to adapt model because of long-haul low costs 
Cathay Pacific Airways doubts the low-cost, long-haul business model is sustainable over the long term and does not intend to change its full-service model to compete with the proliferation of LCCs in the Asian market.
Mitsubishi MRJ rollout
Mitsubishi aims for half of 5,000 market for 100-seat aircraft 
Mitsubishi Aircraft sees a global market over 20 years for 5,000 aircraft in the 100-seat sector and aims to win orders for 2,500 of that total market, the company’s president and COO said Wednesday.
US airline traffic expected to see uptick through Thanksgiving & early 2015 
The number of people expected to travel on US airlines between Nov. 21 and Dec. 2—the Thanksgiving Holiday and busiest US travel period—is expected to increase slightly this year over the previous year, with indications that traffic will remain strong into the 2015 first quarter.

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