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.

Royal Air Maroc orders four more 787s 
Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has ordered four Boeing 787-9s in a deal which will increase its Dreamliner fleet to nine.
EDITORIAL: US makes right call on Gulf Open Skies 
Despite a renewed campaign against the hub Gulf carriers, the three US major airlines ended the year with essentially nothing gained.
2018 commercial aviation industry market forecast 
The global airline industry continues to prove it can deliver profits year after year.
ANALYSIS: EC sounds alarm on Brexit aviation crisis
UK carriers will no longer have access to air transport agreements between the EU and third countries.
IATA DG and CEO Alexandre de Juniac
‘Urgent action’ needed to avoid Brexit airline disaster 
If the UK fails to establish traffic rights for airlines before it leaves the European Union (EU), it would be “a disaster,” the head of IATA said Tuesday.
IATA forecasts airlines to see record passengers & revenues in 2018 
The world’s airlines will carry a record number of passengers and earn all-time high collective revenues in 2018, IATA economists forecast.
Arab airlines issue resolutions on European competition, global security 
Arab carriers have joined forces in calling on the European Commission (EC) to respect state sovereignty and prioritize passenger interests as it looks to repeal and replace legislation on airline fair competition.
Pichler looks to deliver Royal Jordanian’s transformation 
Royal Jordanian has seen a financial improvement under its new leader, president and CEO Stefan Pichler, but much work lies ahead to modernize the airline.
AACO chief confident of continued Arab airline growth 
The future growth of Arab airlines is assured despite the many crises that continue to impact the region.
Arab Carriers organization condemns US tax proposal 
A US legislative proposal to tax certain foreign airlines—and which seems to target the major Gulf carriers—is a dangerous move, the head of the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO) warned Tuesday.
CAE sees 2Q profits rise as civil training business grows 
Canadian flight simulator and training supplier CAE anticipates continued growth in the global civil air transport training market, the company said Friday as it released its fiscal 2018 second quarter results.
A Cathay Boeing 777-300ER
Qatar Airways to buy stake in Cathay Pacific 
Qatar Airways has announced it is taking an almost 10% stake in Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways.
IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac
AAPA: IATA challenges privatized airport model 
Airport privatization has been a failure that mostly leads to higher fares for airlines but no service benefits, a study soon to be released by IATA finds.
AAPA: IATA chief warns of infrastructure ‘crisis’ 
The global air transport industry is headed for a major infrastructure crisis, the IATA director general warned Wednesday, as fears grow about how already congested airspace and constrained airports will cope with the predicted growth in air travel.
AAPA: Extra security costs are high 
New extra security rules that the US and some other countries are imposing on all inbound foreign flights are causing significant hassle for passengers, airlines and airports and are costly to implement.
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Blogs & Commentary
Jun 20, 2018

Child border policy brings US airlines into political fray

The scandal over children being separated from their parents by US border officials at the US-Mexico border has drawn some of America’s largest airlines into the political debate....More
Jun 11, 2018

IATA’s other imbalance is the lack of LCCs

IATA’s board chairman, Akbar al Baker, created a lot of controversy last week when he ended the IATA AGM in Sydney by telling reporters that “only a man” could run an airline (for which he later apologized). This followed a media stir when IATA issued a photograph of its board members, comprising 25 men and just one woman. But gender inequality is not the only imbalance in IATA’s ranks....More
May 21, 2018

Was Doug Parker’s $5 billion ‘average’ earnings prediction a mistake?

American’s first two annual financial results following Parker’s $3 billion-$7 billion assertion will end up at the low end of the range....More

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