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.

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.
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crashes during flight test 
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2) has crashed into the Mojave Desert after experiencing an inflight “anomaly” during the first test of a new hybrid rocket motor at Mojave, California on Oct. 31.
What's New Inside 
Etihad Airways’ first A380 emerged from behind a slowly raised hangar door on a blustery autumn evening at Airbus’ Hamburg facility. Lights and music accompanied the first public glimpse of the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s new livery, which features gold, sand and brown geometric patterns that Etihad calls “facets of Abu Dhabi.”
Lufthansa exec accuses regulators of not keeping pace with security needs 
Security regulators are not keeping pace with the needs of the air transport industry and are not ready for new challenges such as cyber attacks, according to the head of Lufthansa security.
IATA launches cybersecurity toolkit for air transport industry 
IATA has launched a set of tools that airlines, airports and air traffic management organizations can use to help identify, assess and reduce their chances of a cyber attack.
Air Canada chief challenges governments to share information to prevent another MH17 
The need for greater collaboration and information-sharing over where it is safe to fly was highlighted by the confusion that surrounded an incident in July when a rocket landed close to Tel Aviv airport, the CEO of Air Canada said Monday.
US intelligence chief: Information must be protected 
The head of US intelligence has told the aviation industry that he believes in working jointly with them against security threats, but also warned that protecting intelligence agents and their technologies was essential.
Analysis - Keep Calm
In the world of air transportation, it sometimes seems as if just when the going gets (relatively) good, the bad comes knocking on the door. Outside forces beyond the control of airlines—wars, terrorism, economic crises, disease—can pierce through the thin skin of airline profitability.
Editorial - NDC's Door of Opportunity

A remarkable sea change has occurred with regards to the IATA-led New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard for airline sales distribution.

IATA creates venture capital fund for New Distribution Capability 
IATA has created a venture capital fund to attract and support companies that develop applications and solutions for the IATA-led New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard.
IATA chief: DOT consumer rule is a ‘yesterday solution’ 
IATA CEO and DG Tony Tyler has called the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) proposed Consumer Rule III a “yesterday solution” and warned against regulation that can stifle air travel innovation.

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