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.

EDITORIAL: Trimming Europe’s LCC landscape 
Europe’s LCCs are still focused on growth and will want to add frequencies and push more into the territories traditionally held by the flagships.
AirAsia X eyes more growth in frequencies, markets 
​AirAsia’s long-haul, LCC affiliate, AirAsia X, is looking to increase frequencies on its most popular routes and expand into markets such as Hawaii.
EDITORIAL: Overselling the oversell 
It took a long while and a public relations disaster, but US airlines seem to have learned that passengers dislike being kicked off the plane because their flight was oversold.
Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin plan transatlantic JV 
Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic are moving to create a new transatlantic joint venture (JV) triad that includes Air France-KLM acquiring a 31% stake in Virgin and Delta taking a 10% stake in Air France-KLM.
Europe’s aviation landscape changes, but is no easier 
Uncertainty hangs over Europe as the headwinds of Brexit, terrorism, declining yields and ongoing labor battles pummel the industry.
Asia-Pacific airlines see a lift from the economy 
Despite earnings pressure on many Asia-Pacific region airlines in 2017, the annual collective profit for this region is likely to be similar to 2016s.
2017 World Airline Report - Headwinds & Tailwinds 
While the airlines collectively might not be quite as profitable in 2017 as in 2016, it looks increasingly likely they will get close to record net profit.
How will new Boeing 787-10 compare with competition? 
From the outset, the Boeing 787 was designed to be a family of three. Now that the –10 is flying, how will the family stack up against its Airbus rivals?
ANA Holdings setting ambitious goals 
The parent of All Nippon Airways wants to achieve record profitability by 2020 and grow international revenues by 40% while expanding LCC business 10-fold.
Interview: Yuji Hirako President & CEO, All Nippon Airways 
​ANA appointed former EVP and board member Yuji Hirako the airline’s president and CEO in April. He succeeded Osamu Shinobe, who was promoted to vice chairman of ANA Holdings.
ANALYSIS: Can Heathrow’s third runway be built for $7 billion less?
In the never-ending, will-it-ever-happen saga that is London Heathrow’s third runway, new options have come forward that claim the project could be built for a third less than the £18 billion ($23 billion) price tag currently proposed by the airport.
EDITORIAL: Open Skies is a genius idea that can be made even better 
The single largest benefit to airlines and consumers that has occurred in the history of commercial air transportation began as a concept that crystallized into the US model known as Open Skies.
Norwegian Boeing 787-8
DOT tentatively approves Norwegian UK air permit 
The US has tentatively granted low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian UK a foreign air permit, saying it sees no persuasive basis to deny the application.
Etihad Boeing 787-9
Etihad says American codeshare decision is ‘anti-competitive’ 
Etihad Airways says it is “disappointed” by American Airlines’ decision to terminate its codeshare relationship and views it as “anti-competitive and anti-consumer.”
EDITORIAL: Don’t let US majors chip away at Open Skies 
The single largest benefit to airlines and consumers that has occurred in the history of commercial air transportation began as a concept that crystallized into the US model known as Open Skies.
Blogs & Commentary
Jan 19, 2018

Emirates to the A380 rescue

With an MOU for up to 36 new A380s, Emirates is assuring that production of the ultra-large widebody will continue for another 10 years. Was it gallantry or pressure that led to this outcome?...More
Jan 12, 2018

All that glitters…

European airlines are turning in some glittering passenger growth stories, fuelling the misconception that aviation is a gold mine, when in reality each passenger is flying for less....More
Jan 2, 2018

Media reaction to ‘safest year’ for airlines is telling

Two reports issued at the start of the year hail good news for the air traveling public: 2017 was the safest year in history with no fatalities occurring on large commercial jets....More
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