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.

IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac
AAPA: IATA challenges privatized airport model 
Airport privatization has been a failure that mostly leads to higher fares for airlines but no service benefits, a study soon to be released by IATA finds.
AAPA: IATA chief warns of infrastructure ‘crisis’ 
The global air transport industry is headed for a major infrastructure crisis, the IATA director general warned Wednesday, as fears grow about how already congested airspace and constrained airports will cope with the predicted growth in air travel.
AAPA: Extra security costs are high 
New extra security rules that the US and some other countries are imposing on all inbound foreign flights are causing significant hassle for passengers, airlines and airports and are costly to implement.
Interview: Peter Baumgartner CEO, Etihad Airways 
Peter Baumgartner describes how Etihad is dealing with the perfect storm of two failed equity partners, a fight over Open Skies and concerns over terrorism.
UAV Management: Momentum builds to integrate UAVs in commercial airspace 
UAV use is growing quickly and penetrating many commercial markets. Airlines, airports and air traffic managers want a way to share airspace safely.
American plans enhancements, service segmentation by fare levels 
American Airlines is planning more enhancements to its onboard products as it pursues a strategy of segmenting cabins to offer multiple levels of service at different fare points.
Bellew to return to Ryanair as COO 
Malaysia Airlines Berhad CEO and group managing director Peter Bellew will leave his post in December to rejoin Ryanair as COO.
Airbus & Bombardier to partner on CSeries; build aircraft in Alabama 
Airbus and Bombardier are forming a partnership that will see both manufacturers build and market the CSeries narrowbody, with plans to create a second final assembly line in the US.
Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau announcing new UAV operation rules
Canada confirms UAV struck commercial aircraft 
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) struck a commercial aircraft last week as it flew into Quebec City airport, the Canadian Minister of Transport said in a statement Sunday. The aircraft, flown by Skyjet, sustained minor damage but landed safely.
Etihad CEO Peter Baumgartner
Etihad CEO looks to redefine airline’s future 
Etihad Airways’ executive team is close to completing its strategic review and setting a new five- and 10-year plan after being rocked financially by what its CEO calls “a perfect storm” of multiple circumstances..
Qatar & Vietjet form interline partnership 
Qatar Airways and LCC Vietjet Air have entered an interline agreement that will extend Qatar’s network to eight more cities in Vietnam.
MH370 unknowns ‘unacceptable,’ ATSB says in closing report 
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which coordinated and led the huge underwater search for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that went missing in 2014, has issued its final report, saying it is “almost inconceivable and certainly societally unacceptable” that what happened to the aircraft and those onboard remains unknown.
American adds onboard perks across multi-segment cabins 

American Airlines is planning more enhancements to its onboard products as it pursues a strategy of segmenting cabins to offer multiple levels of service at different fare points.

A350 XWB
American nears A350 decision; no interest in 100-seater 
American Airlines expects to make a final decision on its order for 22 Airbus A350-900s within six months and possibly by the end of 2017.
American’s Parker: Multi-billion dollar profitability is sustainable 
American Airlines is confident it will continue to produce annual profits averaging $5 billion and will never again lose money, chairman and CEO Doug Parker said Thursday.
Blogs & Commentary
Apr 20, 2018

Unions imperil Air France's future

Air France unions must realize the damage they are doing to their company, which declared the cost of their strikes through mid-April was €220 million ($272 million). But do they understand how much they are jeopardizing their own futures and those of the other non-striking employees who make up the majority of Air France’s workforce?...More
Apr 18, 2018

Southwest’s ‘LUV’ heart beats through tragedy

It’s not something that any airline wants to be in a position to “get right,” but what Gary Kelly and his team at Southwest Airlines have demonstrated is the textbook way to respond to a disaster....More
Apr 5, 2018

Southwest builds its own kind of international network

Cutting out three hours of travel and eliminating a connection is a real selling point....More
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