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.

Asia-Pacific turboprop safety forum hopes to grow participants 
Facilitators of an Asia-Pacific initiative that brings together turboprop aircraft operators in the region to share safety issues and best practices hope to bring in more airline and manufacturer participants in 2017.
New IATA Director General In His Own Words 

You became the IATA director general having run a major airline group and held prominent industry and government positions. What most appealed to you about this post? I have spent 20 years in this business—with seven or eight years in between in government. When you have worked for more than 20 years in the aviation business, at an OEM, at an airline, you see the business from two different perspectives. Now I see it from a third angle, which is probably higher than the others, and that’s from the general interests of the industry.

De Juniac Will Emphasize Speed As IATA Director General 

IATA’s new leader likes to talk and think speed.  His comfort zone is the high gear: seeing the goal, setting the course of pursuit. 

At previous companies where he worked, the Frenchman admits with a smile, he was known by the words “allez! allez! allez!”—let’s go! This is a man who relishes the race to accomplishment, not the frustration of bureaucratic red tape and inaction. 

Asia-Pacific Airports, Airlines Start Feeling Congestion's Effects
By 2019, Beijing Capital, Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore all will have reached their runway capacity limits. Terminals at three of them also hit capacity.
LaGuardia runway EMAS saves US VP candidate aircraft 
An engineered materials arrestor system (EMAS) prevented a chartered Boeing 737 from a potentially serious crash after it skidded off the runway after landing at New York LaGuardia airport Oct. 27.
Republic SEC filing confirms CSeries deferrals
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February, has confirmed in an SEC filing that it has reached agreement with Bombardier to defer delivery of CSeries aircraft it ordered in 2010.
Volaris A320
Mexico’s Volaris sees strong 3Q growth; to start Costa Rica operation 
Mexico City-based Volaris reported a 2016 third-quarter net income of MXP1 billion ($55 million), down 7.1% from the year-ago period.
JetBlue posts flat 3Q profit, continues network growth 
JetBlue Airways saw softer yields and posted third-quarter net income essentially flat over the previous year as costs grew 3%.
JetBlue A321
JetBlue takes investment share in California charter JetSuite 
New York-based Jet Blue Airways has taken a minority stake in fast-growing, California-based jet charter company JetSuite.
EDITORIAL: A serious promise to planet Earth 
Make no mistake, there’s still plenty of work ahead of the global air transport industry to deliver on the promises of the remarkable emissions resolution that was achieved at the ICAO Assembly in Montreal.
JetBlue: DOT delay on Norwegian approval hurts US airlines 
“An unfavorable light” is being cast on US commitment to the law and its Open Skies agreements by the delay in finalizing a decision on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application to begin flights to the US, New York-based JetBlue Airways has charged.
Editorial: A Serious Promise To Planet Earth 
There's still plenty of work ahead industry, but ICAO deserves credit for getting buy-in from all 191 of the United Nations agency's state members.
Airberlin A320
Airberlin to wet-lease aircraft to Lufthansa as part of restructuring 
German carrier airberlin has released details of its restructuring plan, which hinges on placing up to 40 Airbus A320s with Lufthansa Group and reducing employee positions by up to 1,200.
IATA chief confident about aviation emissions proposal at ICAO Assembly 
The new IATA director general and CEO attends the ICAO Assembly in Montreal this week confident that the carbon emissions proposal that the air transport industry has forged is a good one that can be implemented.
Asia-Pacific aviation infrastructure capacity at 'dire' levels 
Aviation infrastructure shortcomings in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region have become a dire situation, prompting IATA to warn governments in the area of the potential cost to their economies if they do not quickly address airport and airspace congestion.
Blogs & Commentary
Jan 19, 2017

Board games

Could organizing passengers on a mat – yes, an actual physical mat - help speed up aircraft boarding and cut turnaround times?...More
Jan 19, 2017

‘Basic economy’ is a reasonable business decision for airlines

It's about much more than overhead bin carry-on bag restrictions....More
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