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.

All airlines need a crisis communications plan 
The power and speed of social media make a crisis communications plan more essential than ever.
EDITORIAL: Europe must stand up to US on laptop ban 
Even the possibility, as now widely rumored, of the US extending its ban on laptops in cabins to include all flights from Europe to the US is a disturbing development in an already bad situation.
Star Alliance focuses on digital transformation 
The Star Alliance, which marked its 20th anniversary in ceremonies in Frankfurt this weekend, is focused on initiatives that will better serve the almost 690 million passengers who fly each year on one or more of its carriers.
AirAsia X CEO looks to US market entry & growth 
Long-haul, low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia X is looking to increase frequencies on its most popular routes and expand into under-served markets, CEO Benyamin Ismail said while in the US to promote the launch of flights to Hawaii.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz
US lawmakers grill airline execs on customer service 
Angry lawmakers vented their frustration at US airline executives during a congressional hearing on airline customer service Tuesday, threatening to legislate if airlines don’t step up their game.
Analysis: Cabin PED ban may boost security at safety's expense
US and UK security rules banning computers from cabins raise fire safety concerns.
American Airlines Boeing 787-8
American pilots & flight attendants to get peer-standard pay raises 
American Airlines is offering mid-term pay raises to its pilots and flight attendants so they are compensated in line with their peers at Delta Air Lines and United Airlines—a voluntary move almost unprecedented in US airline labor history.
United Airlines Embraer E175
United CEO tells senators flight 3411 ‘will never happen again’ 
United Airlines’ CEO has provided US lawmakers with a detailed account of events leading up to and during the incident that notoriously ended up with a passenger being brutally dragged off an aircraft to make way for a United regional airline employee.
Airbus reaps innovation from yacht design project 
The America’s Cup in June brings together maritime sportsmen and aeronautical engineers to create high-speed yachts that are designed to fly.
Editorial: United Airlines—Brand on life support
The United incident, and the highly damaging video that consumed social media and TV screens, dealt a huge setback not just to the United brand, but to the wider industry’s reputation.
United pilots union ‘infuriated’ over violence by Chicago officers 
United Airlines pilots are “infuriated” by the bumped passenger event, which should not have escalated into a violent encounter, the union representing them says in a statement.
Editorial: United Airlines: Brand on life support 
Explaining why it took him two days to issue a full apology for the bumped passenger incident that shocked the world, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said he was waiting for the facts. One fact should have been immediately clear; the brand was in grave danger.
United’s Munoz issues full apology for bumped passenger incident 
Just hours after commending employees and saying they followed proper procedure, United Airlines’ CEO has issued a full apology for the incident in which a bumped passenger was violently dragged off an aircraft.
Libyan traveler packs his laptop in a suitcase at Tunis Carthage airport.
FAA issued safety bulletin on PEDs after US carry-on ban 
FAA has issued a safety information bulletin related to the new security bans on most personal electronics in carry-on bags on certain flights, but is not making that bulletin public, ATW learned today.
Kuwaiti social media activist Thamer al-Dakheel Bourashed
EASA issues fire safety warning on personal electronics in cargo hold 
In a bulletin that seems to directly question the wisdom of the new US and UK bans on large electronic devices in carry-on luggage, Europe’s aviation safety authority today warns that such devices are “dangerous goods” in the cargo hold.
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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