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.

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.
Testing Times
Nobody wants a surprise during an aircraft flight test program, but if it happens, that’s the right place for it to happen and much can be done to mitigate the impact.
Star Turn 
You win some, you lose some. For the Star Alliance, this has been a year of losing TAM Airlines and US Airways—the result of industry consolidation—but also seeing London Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 open its doors and become a Star hub.
Alliance Ambitions 
The past 12 months have seen some seismic shifts for the three global alliances.
Airbus A350 flight-test aircraft MSN005
Fifth and final Airbus A350 flight-test aircraft takes to the air 
The fifth and final aircraft in the Airbus A350 WXB flight-test program completed its first flight Friday from the company’s Toulouse facility.
MH370 search area to shift further south 
The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 is expected to move south, Australian officials have said.
Airbus: No rush to A330neo decision 
Airbus continues to study the feasibility of launching a re-engined version of the A330, but is in no hurry to make a decision.
Airbus: No rush to A330neo decision  1
Airbus continues to study the feasibility of launching a re-engined version of the A330, but is in no hurry to make a decision. Some lessors and airlines have made public their interest in seeing an A330neo launched, but Airbus is nearing certification of the A350 XWB widebody and is reluctant to potentially harm sales of that aircraft.
Airbus COO-customers John Leahy
Emirates cancels Airbus A350 XWB order  5
Emirates Airline is canceling its order for 70 A350 XWB aircraft, Airbus announced Wednesday.
Air Canada’s Rovinescu becomes IATA board chairman; Miami to host 2015 AGM 
Air Canada president and CEO Calin Rovinescu assumed his role as chairman of the IATA board of governors Tuesday as the organization announced that its 2015 annual meeting will be held in Miami.
Airline CEOs call for SITA governance review 
A group of airlines chiefs, including IAG CEO Willie Walsh, is calling for a review of how air transport communications and IT specialist SITA is structured and governed.
IATA aircraft tracking recommendations won’t be mandatory  1
Recommendations from an IATA task force created to find options for better global tracking of airliners will not be mandatory and may not be “one size fits all,” the organization’s head of safety and flight operations said Tuesday.
Bombardier CSeries flight test aircraft FTV1
Bombardier chief confident of answers to CSeries engine failure ‘in days’ 
Bombardier Aerospace’s president and COO believes the company will soon have a better understanding of the possible cause of the engine failure that occurred May 29 on the CSeries flight test aircraft FTV1 during ground testing at Bombardier’s Mirabel, Quebec, facility.
Rendering of Airbus A321 with sharklets in Delta Air Lines’ livery
Delta orders 15 more Airbus A321s 
Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 15 Airbus A321ceo aircraft for delivery from 2018 to replace older narrowbodies due for retirement.

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