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.

Airbus A350 flight-test aircraft MSN005
Fifth and final Airbus A350 flight-test aircraft takes to the air 
The fifth and final aircraft in the Airbus A350 WXB flight-test program completed its first flight Friday from the company’s Toulouse facility.
MH370 search area to shift further south 
The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 is expected to move south, Australian officials have said.
Airbus: No rush to A330neo decision 
Airbus continues to study the feasibility of launching a re-engined version of the A330, but is in no hurry to make a decision.
Airbus: No rush to A330neo decision  1
Airbus continues to study the feasibility of launching a re-engined version of the A330, but is in no hurry to make a decision. Some lessors and airlines have made public their interest in seeing an A330neo launched, but Airbus is nearing certification of the A350 XWB widebody and is reluctant to potentially harm sales of that aircraft.
Airbus COO-customers John Leahy
Emirates cancels Airbus A350 XWB order  5
Emirates Airline is canceling its order for 70 A350 XWB aircraft, Airbus announced Wednesday.
Air Canada’s Rovinescu becomes IATA board chairman; Miami to host 2015 AGM 
Air Canada president and CEO Calin Rovinescu assumed his role as chairman of the IATA board of governors Tuesday as the organization announced that its 2015 annual meeting will be held in Miami.
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.

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