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.

Qatar Airways finalizes stake in LATAM 
LATAM Airlines Group and Qatar Airways have completed their transaction in which the Middle East airline has taken a 10% stake in the Latin America group.
Delta cancels Boeing 787 order 
Delta Air Lines said Dec. 27 it had reached an agreement with Boeing to cancel an order for 18 Boeing 787s that the Atlanta-based airline assumed in 2008 as part of its merger with Northwest Airlines.
Jet Airways 737 damaged after leaving runway in Goa 
A Jet Airways Boeing 737 was seriously damaged and there were reports of passenger injuries after the aircraft left the runway as it prepared for take-off from Dabolim Airport in Goa, India, Dec. 27.
Russian SSJ100s cleared to resume flights after fault identified 
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft said it has identified a minor fault in the tail stabilizer of one Superjet SSJ100 during inspections after Russian aviation authorities grounded the aircraft Dec. 24.
Emirates defers deliveries of 12 Airbus A380s 
Emirates Airline, which saw a steep drop in profit its latest financials, is deferring delivery of six Airbus A380s from 2017 to 2018 and postponing delivery of another six A380s from 2018 to 2019.
Economic Uncertainty, Competition Challenge Growing Asian Carriers 
Growing middle-classes populations in China, India and many Southeast Asia countries are driving passenger traffic growth and new aircraft deliveries.
World's Airlines Likely To See Lower Profits In 2017 
Anticipated higher costs and a sluggish global economy lead IATA forecasters to believe 2017's net profit will be almost $6 billion lower than 2016's.
IATA advocates Brazil to loosen restrictive business rules on airlines
IATA and aviation stakeholders in Brazil are launching an advocacy campaign to ensure lawmakers and government officials understand the importance of airlines to the country’s economy, which has been decimated.
EgyptAir crash: Ministry says explosives traces found 
Egypt is launching a criminal investigation into the crash of an EgyptAir Airbus A320 after stating that traces of explosives have been found on some of the bodies of those onboard.
Rendering of 787 in Qantas livery
Qantas to launch Perth-London 787 17-hour nonstop service 
Qantas announced it will launch Perth-London Heathrow nonstop service in March 2018 using the Boeing 787-9 for the 9,000 mile, 17-hour flight.
737 MAX 8
Boeing secures contract to provide Iran Air 80 aircraft 
Boeing announced Sunday it had firmed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed with Iran Air earlier this year for 50 narrowbody and 30 widebody aircraft in a deal valued at $16.6 billion at list prices.
Brazil to announce streamlined regulation package for airlines 
Brazil is expected to announce details next week of an act that will streamline some of the complex web of regulation it currently imposes on the country’s airlines.
IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac
New IATA chief lays out priorities; calls Heathrow runway cost ‘outrageous’ 
Settling into his new role as the head of IATA, director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac has made clear his frustration with government policies that fail to recognize the value of aviation.
IATA chief economist Brian Pearce
IATA forecasts drop in global airline profitability in 2017 
The world’s airlines will continue their streak of collective profitability in 2017, but anticipated higher costs, coupled with a sluggish global economy that lead IATA forecasters to believe next year’s industry net profit will be almost $6 billion lower than 2016’s expected profit.
Norwegian 787-8
DOT grants Norwegian permit to begin US services 
Norwegian Air International (NAI) has been granted approval to begin flights between Ireland and the US after a three-year process in which the US Department of Transportation (DOT) seemed reluctant to give the go-ahead despite being unable to find any legal reason to reject the application.
Blogs & Commentary
Mar 22, 2017

Keep calm, but don't carry on!

The British Airways statement on the new rules forbidding laptops and other personal electronic devices in carry-on on certain flights is so British....More
Mar 21, 2017

Casting a cloud over a movie star & a little boy sharing carrot juice

Have years of work by Emirates and other airlines to cultivate a safe, friendly image in the US been spoiled in one fell swoop?...More
Mar 21, 2017

Trying to make sense of the new TSA electronics ban

I flew to Abu Dhabi for a short work trip in January and, if I’m honest, I found the security and screening processes at that airport ahead of my flight back to Washington DC a bit annoying. However, given today’s announcement about new US security rules for flights from that airport and nine others, most of them also in the Middle East, the focus of my annoyance has changed....More
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