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.

US anti-Gulf coalition claims grass roots support across US 
The coalition of US airlines and labor groups that is campaigning against the three major Gulf carriers has claimed broad support from US lawmakers, local chambers of commerce and local unions.
New Etihad-commissioned report dismisses excess capacity claims  2
The Gulf carriers have not put excess capacity into the market, according to a report commissioned by Etihad Airways, the second white paper it has published in the ongoing dispute between the major US and Gulf carriers.
Etihad report alleges 3 major US carriers have received $71.5 billion in benefits  4
Etihad Airways has released a report that it commissioned that says the three biggest US carriers—American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines—have received benefits worth $71.48 billion over the past 15 years.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker
Qatar Airways’ chief fires back at anti-Gulf carrier campaign  5
The US campaign against the major Gulf carriers is a “transparent attempt to block competition and reduce customer choice,” the head of Qatar Airways said Wednesday at a media briefing in Washington DC.
American Airlines' Will Ris to retire at year end 
American Airlines SVP-government affairs Will Ris announced Wednesday he will retire at the end of 2015 after nearly 20 years with the airline.
American Airlines Boeing 757
American looks to tailor aircraft to routes, but sees 757-type gap  3
American Airlines’ fleet planning strategy hinges on having a variety of different-sized aircraft that can match varying route needs, but there is a gap in an aircraft type that would fill the role of the Boeing 757, the airline’s head of network planning said Thursday.
New My Gatwick program rewards program attracts 115,000 sign-ups 
London Gatwick Airport has launched a program aimed at increasing its engagement with passengers by offering them small free gifts at the airport in return for providing some information about themselves ahead of their trip.
Emirates A380
Emirates dedicates magazine to US allegations; Qatar to expand US network 
Emirates Airline has published an issue of its magazine entirely devoted to countering the allegations of government subsidies and unfair competition that have been leveled at Emirates the other two major Gulf carriers by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
Editorial - Facts vs. Fancy
As the campaign led by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines sped from secret briefings in Washington DC to the broad media and loud finger-pointing, one thing became clear: The US carriers are eager for a fight against Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways and their state owners.
US carriers insist they only want talks on Gulf competition  2
Senior executives from two of the three major US carriers involved in the growing dispute over alleged unfair competition from the Gulf carriers said Tuesday they are simply asking for government-to-government consultations on the US Open Skies agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar.
Media reports: German government warned of dangers before MH17 shootdown 
The German government had intelligence indicating the danger of surface-to-air missiles in the Ukraine region where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last year, according to German media reports.
Etihad Airways 787-9
Etihad stresses importance of cross-Atlantic routes; rules out US-Europe 
Etihad Airways will continue to expand its cross-Atlantic routes between North America, the Middle East and the sub-Indian continent, but has no plans to fly between Europe and the US a senior executive said Monday.
American and Asia carriers eye China-US growth market 
China is the largest market opportunity for US carriers looking to expand their Asian networks, panelists agreed at an aviation summit in Las Vegas.
Cabin Makeovers
The growth in low-cost carriers (LCC) and desire to increase revenue from aircraft is driving demand for cabin refurbishments.
Editorial: US review of Gulf carriers should establish facts vs fancy
As the campaign led by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines sped from secret briefings in Washington DC to the broad media and loud finger-pointing, one thing became clear. The US carriers are eager for a fight against Emirates, Etihad and Qatar and their state owners. So if there’s to be a bruising, then the facts should be established in as far as they are directly relevant to what is or is not fair competition.

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