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.

Rolls-Royce president-civil large engines Eric Schulz with Airbus president & CE
Airbus extends re-engined neo concept to A330 
After much deliberation and market analysis, Airbus has forged ahead with a full launch of the A330neo, extending the re-engined concept to its widebody offering and saying it sees a market for 1,100 aircraft.
Qatar Airways A350-900 on display
Qatar has huge Farnborough presence despite A380 no-show 
While Qatar Airways abandoned plans to bring its first Airbus A380 to the Farnborough Airshow this week, the Doha-based carrier still has brought one of the largest-ever presences at an air show by an airline.
AerCap president and CCO Philip Scruggs and Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Bré
ALC president: A330neo price is compelling 
US lessor Air Lease Corp. (ALC) became the launch customer for the Airbus A330neo Monday, signing a memorandum of understanding for 25 -900 variants at a list price of $6.9 billion and saying the price of the re-engined widebody could not be ignored.
Carry-on electric devices subject to extra checks in stepped-up airport security 
Passengers may be asked to power up their carry-on electronic devices as part of stepped up security measures, the US Transportation Security Administration announced Sunday.
TSA steps up security for US-bound flights 
The US government has directed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement increased security measures for certain airports with direct flights to the US.
Fokker 50 cargo aircraft crashes at Nairobi Airport 
A Fokker 50 cargo aircraft has crashed shortly after takeoff from Nairobi Airport, killing all four crew, according to CNN, Reuters and other news reports.
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.
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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.

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