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.

Rendering of CS100 in Delta livery
Delta orders 75 Bombardier CS100s in ‘watershed’ deal for CSeries  5
Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 75 Bombardier CS100s, becoming the US launch customer for the aircraft in a deal that is highly significant for the Canadian-made narrowbody. The order immediately makes Atlanta-based Delta the world’s largest CSeries customer.
ATW Photo Gallery-New Airbus DC experience center
Airbus Group will next week open an office and experience center in the heart of Washington DC on Pennsylvania Avenue. The eighth-floor facility brings together what were previously two separate downtown offices, one for the company’s military and space business, formerly called EADS, and one for its commercial operations. They now operate under the single Airbus Group name, with the North American headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, close to Washington Dulles Airport.
Analysis - Fewer & Fewer
After what Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden described as a “hard fought competition,” his company walked away with the $4 billion prize—a rare opportunity to grow via an acquisition-merger with Virgin America.
Editorial - When Hours Rule 1
When it came into force, the so-called “1,500 hour rule” for US pilots was an understandable reaction to a series of fatal regional airline crashes.
UK police investigating report of UAV collision with British Airways A320
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) reportedly hit a British Airways Airbus A320 as it approached London Heathrow Airport Sunday. The aircraft landed safely.
Norwegian 787-8
US tentatively approves Norwegian Air permit  5
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has given tentative permission for Norwegian Air International (NAI) to serve the US, more than two years after NAI applied for a foreign air carrier permit.
IATA signs cooperation agreement with migration organization 
IATA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to increase cooperation on aviation security and border security.
ATW Podcast: What will it take to complete Alaska & Virgin America merger?
ATW editor-in-chief Karen Walker and Aviation Daily editor Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss the Alaska Airlines deal to acquire and merge with Virgin America; what’s needed to complete the deal, why it was so appealing and potential fleet options.
US Senate rejects airline seat-space rule proposal  9
The US Senate rejected a proposal Thursday that would have regulated a minimum seat size on US airline aircraft.
Alaska Airlines and Virgin America tails
Alaska Airlines to buy Virgin America  2
Alaska Airlines and Virgin America announced plans to merge in a $4 billion deal unanimously approved by each company’s board of directors but still needs US regulatory approval.
Brussels Airport reopens with restricted service 
Brussels Airport has reopened and begun its first flights since the March 22 terrorist attacks, but the airport is operating a very limited service with extra security measures.
Russian TV report recounts last-minute flydubai pilot conversation 
A possible last-minute error by one of the pilots may have contributed to the crash of the flydubai Boeing 737-800, according to a transcript a Russian television station says it obtained and which was widely reported by media.
JetBlue Embraer E190 lands with partially extended nose gear 
A JetBlue Airways Embraer E190 landed safely with a partially extended nose gear at Nassau in the Bahamas March 25, the airline confirmed.
ANA Holdings CEO describes importance of US airline partnerships 
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has more than doubled its traffic to and from the US in the five years since it began its immunized joint venture (JV) with United Airlines.
IATA files complaint with EC on OEM aftermarket control 
IATA has filed a formal complaint with the European Commission (EC) on behalf of its airline members that the association says has “deep concern” about the control of OEMs over aftermarket repairs, parts and services.
Blogs & Commentary
Jun 29, 2016

Flying the CSeries; it’s a full throated narrowbody, and that’s a problem

Today I flew on a Bombardier CS100 directly after it was delivered to SWISS, marking the first delivery of the all-new CSeries aircraft....More
Jun 29, 2016

Ataturk attack calls for reevaluation of airport security 1

If there is going to be screening, it has to be done somewhere, and therefore some crowding somewhere is inevitable....More
ATW On-Location

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