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.

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8I
Lufthansa flies first revenue service with premium-economy cabin 
Lufthansa flew its first revenue service with a premium-economy cabin Wednesday, on a Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental from Frankfurt to Washington Dulles.
Two Ryanair Boeing 737s damaged in taxiway collision 
Two Ryanair Boeing 737s clipped each other on a taxiway at Dublin Airport early Tuesday morning.
British Airways A380 at Washington Dulles
British Airways begins first A380 service to Washington Dulles 
British Airways (BA) began its first Airbus A380 service into Washington DC Thursday, arriving at Washington Dulles (IAD) from London Heathrow (LHR).
ATW video: Etihad rolls out new livery on A380
Etihad Airways rolls out new livery on its newly delivered Airbus A380.
Training Versatility 
Technology breakthroughs in the flight simulator industry are becoming rare. That’s not a condemnation, but the opposite.
Etihad A380 new livery
Etihad unveils new livery on first Airbus A380 
Etihad Airways revealed its new livery Thursday in ceremonies in Hamburg where its first of 10 Airbus A380s was rolled out.
Etihad A380 delivery
ATW Photo Gallery-Etihad A380 delivery
Exclusive photos from our coverage of Etihad Airways' delivery of its first Airbus A380.
Rendering of A380 in Etihad Airways’ livery
Etihad to take first A380 delivery Thursday; first 787 Saturday 
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is scheduled to take delivery of its first Airbus A380 Thursday during ceremonies in Hamburg.
IATA chief accuses US of regulatory overreach 
IATA DG and CEO Tony Tyler has accused US regulatory authorities of micromanaging the airline industry’s relationships with its customers to such an extent it runs directly against the grain of the US Airline Deregulation Act.
Airline Bashing
Speaking to a Washington DC audience in September, American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker noted a dichotomy with which US airlines are battling. “The industry is doing better than it ever has done and it feels like everything is going better until you come to Washington DC. Here in our nation’s capital it often feels like the opposite. We are over-taxed, over-regulated and under-served,” Parker said.
Rendering of 737 MAX 8 in Ethiopian livery
Ethiopian Airlines orders 20 Boeing MAXs plus 15 options 
Fast-growing Ethiopian Airlines announced an order Saturday for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s plus 15 options and purchase rights in a deal worth more than $2.1 billion at list prices.
JetBlue president Hayes to succeed Barger as CEO in February 
JetBlue Airways announced Thursday that its president, Robin Hayes, will succeed Dave Barger as CEO effective Feb. 16, 2015. Barger will serve on the JetBlue board of directors until Feb. 15 and Hayes is expected to join the board Feb. 16.
AA CEO calls on Washington to support US airlines as Gulf carrier competition grows 
American Airlines (AA) chairman and CEO Doug Parker has chastised the US political system for treating the airline industry like a vice rather than a business that fuels the economy and warned that the fast growth of major Gulf carriers is an increasing threat to US carrier global competitiveness.
American Airlines A319
AA merger process on track; big stuff still ahead 
The merger process of American Airlines and US Airways is going according to plan, but the major integration hurdles are still ahead, AA chairman and CEO Doug Parker said Thursday.
Rendering of Boeing 737 MAX 200 in Ryanair livery.
Boeing launches high-capacity 737 MAX 200; Launch customer Ryanair says it will be low-cost game changer  2
Boeing announced Monday a new high-capacity version of the 737 MAX, taking the 189-seater to up to a 200-seater, with Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair the launch customer with a commitment for 100 aircraft plus options on 100 more.

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