Karen Walker

Karen
Walker
Editor-in-Chief,
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.

Articles
AAPA DG Andrew Herdman
For Asia-Pacific airlines, a mixture of caution and optimism 
Speaking with the Executive Report ahead of the AGM, AAPA DG Andrew Herdman summed up some of the questions that will be on the minds of many of the Asian carrier CEOs during this AGM.
IATA AGM host Aer Lingus is in growth mode 
Aer Lingus is the host airline of the 72nd IATA AGM here in Dublin. IAG acquired Aer Lingus in September, bringing it under the Group umbrella that includes British Airways and Spanish carriers Iberia and Vueling. Stephen Kavanagh joined Aer Lingus in 1988 and was appointed CEO in March 2015.
Delta signs for Airbus A330 predictive maintenance tool 
Delta Air Lines is the launch customer for an Airbus-developed digital maintenance prognostics solution, Airbus announced this week.
Airbus execs ‘scratch heads’ on A320neo engine for MAX reports  3
Putting the engine developed for the Airbus A320neo on to the Boeing 737 MAX would not be easy, Airbus executives said this week, although they acknowledged they were aware of rumors that this was being considered in the US.
Cathay newest A350 operator as Airbus works XWB ramp-up 
Cathay Pacific Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB, becoming the sixth airline to place the new widebody in its fleet. The aircraft was delivered to the Hong Kong-based airline May 28 and will begin service June 1.
Less Liberal?
With more than 100 liberalized air services agreements in place, the US State Department touts Open Skies policy on its website fact sheet as “promoting increased travel and trade and spurring high-quality job opportunity and economic growth.” In reality, some in the US are questioning whether Open Skies policy should be “revisited.”
Interview - Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh
International Airlines Group (IAG) acquired Aer Lingus in September, bringing it under the Group umbrella that includes British Airways and Spanish carriers Iberia and Vueling. Stephen Kavanagh joined Aer Lingus in 1988 and was appointed CEO in March 2015.
Aer Lingus CEO: “we welcome new entrants” in transatlantic market  3
Ireland’s pro-aviation policy, embracing deregulation and liberalizing market access, is visionary and helps enable growth among airlines, lessors, MROs and aviation and travel companies, the CEO of Aer Lingus told a Washington DC audience this week.
Editorial - Queue Pain
Passengers at Chicago O’Hare and other major US hubs have been missing their flights, sometimes sleeping in cots on airport floors, as security screening queues have grown painfully longer through this spring.
Editorial - Queue Pain 2
Passengers at Chicago O’Hare and other major US hubs have been missing their flights, sometimes sleeping in cots on airport floors, as security screening queues have grown painfully longer through this spring.
Norwegian 787-9
NAI supporters dispel opponent claims as unions protest in Washington  7
Accusations from those opposed to granting Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit are “false and slanderous,” the carrier’s supporters said Thursday.
London Heathrow’s plan for expansion with a third runway
IAG’s Walsh: ‘I will fight’ current Heathrow third runway plan  10
The current proposal to build a third runway at London Heathrow Airport is “indefensible” from a cost point of view and the head of British Airways’ parent company will fight it.
US is getting further behind in airspace management technology  2
US NextGen air traffic control technology is a decade old even as it’s introduced and the nation is rapidly falling behind other countries with more advanced air traffic management systems.
IATA chief optimistic for global market-based carbon agreement  1
IATA DG and CEO Tony Tyler is optimistic that world governments will agree on a global carbon offsetting scheme for commercial aviation later this year.
Hogan heads Etihad Group; Baumgartner is Etihad CEO in new management structure 
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways president and CEO James Hogan has been promoted to Group president and CEO, while Peter Baumgartner has become Etihad Airways CEO under a new management structure announced May 8.
Blogs & Commentary
Aug 24, 2016
blog

Would airliners be safer without pilots? No, says NTSB chairman

Christopher Hart argues that 'human pilots are still crucial'...More
Aug 18, 2016
blog

The significance of United’s CFO selection

Oscar Munoz is not afraid of bringing ULCC attributes into United’s business....More
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