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.

United’s Munoz among speakers at IATA AGM next week 
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz will be a panelist during sessions programmed for the IATA AGM that opens in Cancun Sunday.
Transportation Security Administration dog sniffer.
IATA proposes alternative solutions to carry-on electronics ban 
Additional security and screening measures at airports, including the use of sniffer dogs, are being proposed to US and UK authorities in an attempt to ward off a wider implementation of the laptop carry-on bans, IATA said Thursday.
CAE sees record year for civil training sales 
Flight simulator and training service provider sold 50 full flight simulators (FFS) during its 2017 fiscal year, the Canadian company reported in its annual and fourth-quarter results released May 31.
US appeals court upholds block on Trump’s revised travel ban 
A US federal appeals court has upheld the block on President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, saying the executive order’s text speaks vague words of national security, but its context “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination”.
AAPA chief: Laptop ban brings ‘no tangible security benefits’ 
As airlines and airports steel themselves for a possible widening of the US ban on laptops and similar-sized personal electronics in the cabin, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has warned against falling into “the trap of knee-jerk reactions.”
All airlines need a crisis communications plan 
The power and speed of social media make a crisis communications plan more essential than ever.
EDITORIAL: Europe must stand up to US on laptop ban 
Even the possibility, as now widely rumored, of the US extending its ban on laptops in cabins to include all flights from Europe to the US is a disturbing development in an already bad situation.
Star Alliance focuses on digital transformation 
The Star Alliance, which marked its 20th anniversary in ceremonies in Frankfurt this weekend, is focused on initiatives that will better serve the almost 690 million passengers who fly each year on one or more of its carriers.
AirAsia X CEO looks to US market entry & growth 
Long-haul, low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia X is looking to increase frequencies on its most popular routes and expand into under-served markets, CEO Benyamin Ismail said while in the US to promote the launch of flights to Hawaii.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz
US lawmakers grill airline execs on customer service 
Angry lawmakers vented their frustration at US airline executives during a congressional hearing on airline customer service Tuesday, threatening to legislate if airlines don’t step up their game.
Analysis: Cabin PED ban may boost security at safety's expense
US and UK security rules banning computers from cabins raise fire safety concerns.
American Airlines Boeing 787-8
American pilots & flight attendants to get peer-standard pay raises 
American Airlines is offering mid-term pay raises to its pilots and flight attendants so they are compensated in line with their peers at Delta Air Lines and United Airlines—a voluntary move almost unprecedented in US airline labor history.
United Airlines Embraer E175
United CEO tells senators flight 3411 ‘will never happen again’ 
United Airlines’ CEO has provided US lawmakers with a detailed account of events leading up to and during the incident that notoriously ended up with a passenger being brutally dragged off an aircraft to make way for a United regional airline employee.
Airbus reaps innovation from yacht design project 
The America’s Cup in June brings together maritime sportsmen and aeronautical engineers to create high-speed yachts that are designed to fly.
Editorial: United Airlines—Brand on life support
The United incident, and the highly damaging video that consumed social media and TV screens, dealt a huge setback not just to the United brand, but to the wider industry’s reputation.
Blogs & Commentary
Sep 21, 2017

FedEx’s Fred Smith puts e-commerce in perspective

The notion that there is an inexorable march toward e-commerce dominating retail is not borne out by analysis, Smith says....More
Sep 20, 2017

Airline & aviation workers’ heroic acts in disaster-hit regions

Harvey, Katia, Irma, Jose, Maria: a terrible family of destruction. And the brutal 2017 Atlantic hurricane season still has weeks to run and could potentially add more names to fear. I’d like to recognize here the ongoing dedication by the people of the commercial aviation industry who continue to support relief and aid efforts across all the regions affected....More
Sep 19, 2017

O’Leary’s Mea Culpa

Who thought we’d ever see the day that Michael O’Leary said sorry?...More
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