Karen Walker

Executive Editor , 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.

Posts by Karen Walker

in ATW Editor's Blog Sep 28, 2015

Alaska shows how independent carriers are changing US transcontinental flying

I flew from Washington Reagan to Portland Oregon yesterday on a direct, five-and-a-half hour flight with Alaska Airlines. It was an interesting and....More
in ATW Editor's Blog Sep 10, 2015

Five priorities for the new United Airlines CEO

New United Airlines president and CEO Oscar Munoz, who took up the post yesterday after Jeff Smisek stepped down, said he will spend his first 90....More
in ATW Editor's Blog Sep 08, 2015

Smisek’s stunning news

Today’s announcement that United Airlines’ chairman, president and CEO Jeff Smisek has stepped down is stunning. There was no public sign of this....More
in ATW Editor's Blog Aug 28, 2015

Wanted: New IATA DG; must travel - French & guitar skills an advantage

The biggest question from today’s news that Tony Tyler will retire next year from his position as IATA director general is, who will succeed him?....More
in ATW Editor's Blog Aug 27, 2015

One day; two sets of airline fortunes; and a chill breeze in Asia

Posting the news today, it was hard not to contrast the different week that Airbus, Boeing and airlines from different global regions are....More
in ATW Editor's Blog Aug 17, 2015

ATW Cecil Honor Roll now at 27 airlines around the world

I’ve been on work travel to New Zealand, but wanted to update you on the status of our Cecil Honor Roll for those airlines that have banned the....More
in ATW Editor's Blog Aug 03, 2015

Cecil Honor Roll call for airlines that ban animal trophies

If you’ve been following the news at all recently then you will be familiar with a Zimbabwe lion called Cecil and his fate. It’s not my place in this....More
in ATW Editor's Blog Jul 31, 2015

United CEO plays fast and loose with facts in NY speech on Gulf carriers

United CEO Jeff Smisek was practically punching the air yesterday in a hard-hitting speech in New York that focused mainly on the Gulf carriers,....More
in ATW Editor's Blog Jul 24, 2015

US airline profits up; regulators on the witch hunt

Airlines that are well managed and profitable are good for everyone. Good for the carriers and their employees, good for shareholders and also good....More
in ATW Editor's Blog Jul 21, 2015

A drone is going to bring down an airliner: why are we waiting for that to happen?

Sooner or later – and I personally believe it will be sooner – an airliner full of passengers and crew is going to be brought down after colliding....More

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