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.

Airline CEOs call for SITA governance review 
A group of airlines chiefs, including IAG CEO Willie Walsh, is calling for a review of how air transport communications and IT specialist SITA is structured and governed.
IATA aircraft tracking recommendations won’t be mandatory  1
Recommendations from an IATA task force created to find options for better global tracking of airliners will not be mandatory and may not be “one size fits all,” the organization’s head of safety and flight operations said Tuesday.
Bombardier CSeries flight test aircraft FTV1
Bombardier chief confident of answers to CSeries engine failure ‘in days’ 
Bombardier Aerospace’s president and COO believes the company will soon have a better understanding of the possible cause of the engine failure that occurred May 29 on the CSeries flight test aircraft FTV1 during ground testing at Bombardier’s Mirabel, Quebec, facility.
Rendering of Airbus A321 with sharklets in Delta Air Lines’ livery
Delta orders 15 more Airbus A321s 
Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 15 Airbus A321ceo aircraft for delivery from 2018 to replace older narrowbodies due for retirement.
Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon
Air New Zealand buys Airbus A320neos 
Air New Zealand signed a firm order for 13 Airbus A320 family neo aircraft and one A320ceo in Doha on the eve of the 70th IATA AGM.
Tim Clark: Answers to MH370 must be found before industry changes 
Emirates president Tim Clark, whose airline operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777s with 136 of the type, has questioned moves to potentially change airliner flight tracking in the wake of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777,which disappeared March 8 while operating flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, until more is known about what happened to the aircraft.
Alitalia Airbus A330-200
Etihad completes letter outlining conditions for Alitalia stake 
Etihad Airways has set out the conditions and criteria for a proposed equity investment in Alitalia.
IATA chief calls for global mindset to address industry challenges 
The commercial airline industry needs a global mindset to unlock its full future potential, the head of IATA said in his opening address Monday at the organization’s 70th annual meeting in Doha.
More airlines join new pilot programs for IATA’s NDC 
IATA has announced three new pilot programs to test its New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard, with Aeroflot, Aer Lingus, Qatar Airways and JR Technologies among those participating.
IATA’s Tyler: Venezuelan government willfully irresponsible 
The government of Venezuela “takes the top prize for willful irresponsibility,” for wrongly withholding some $4 billion of airline funds, IATA’s top executive said Monday.
Making it in China 
Lufthansa Group is looking to grow its presence in the China market by increasing frequency to key cities, potentially forging stronger ties with its Star Alliance partner Air China, and leveraging the Lufthansa brand that the Chinese associate with high quality.
Editorial - Welcome to America?
The opening of Doha’s new Hamad International Airport is cause for celebration.
Asiana Airlines A380
Asiana Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A380 
Seoul-based Asiana Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380, becoming the 11th operator of the type in the world.
Airbus A350 XWB MS4 and MSN2
Airbus readies for fifth A350 to fly; remains committed to -800 variant 
Airbus has completed test flights of two A350 XWB aircraft on the same day, flying them side by side at one point, as the French manufacturer heads towards the entry-into-service date for launch customer Qatar Airways at the end of this year.
Honeywell plans 2017 green taxiing system in-service date; talks with COMAC 
Honeywell is moving ahead with development of its Electric Green Taxiing System (EGTS) for narrowbody aircraft and is talking to COMAC about potentially making the system an option on the C919.

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