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Karen Walker

Commercial Content Director, Air Transport World and Aviation Daily,
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.

Seat fire forces Virgin Atlantic A330 emergency landing
A Virgin Atlantic made an emergency landing at Boston Airport shortly after taking off from New York JFK July 4 after a fire broke out in one of the passenger seats.
A4A, IATA join forces on flying’s green messaging
US airline lobbying organization A4A has joined with IATA to communicate the environmental and sustainable efforts initiated by commercial aviation and explain why flying is a responsible transport choice.
Air Italy Airbus A330-200
EC transport chief warns US not to curtail Air Italy flights
The European Commission (EC) has given the US a stern warning not to take any action against Milan-based Air Italy that would prevent it flying to the US.
Neeleman: First Moxy A220s to come from GECAS in 2021
Planned US startup Moxy will have “lots of flexibility” with the Airbus A220-300 that would allow the airline to go international, David Neeleman says.
TAP Portugal A330neo
TAP Portugal eyes A321XLR as it launches 3 US routes in 3 weeks
TAP Air Portugal, which is on an expansion drive, will eventually become a customer of the newly launched Airbus A321XLR, co-owner David Neeleman says.
Joint US-UAE government joint statement hailed as Open Skies victory 
A new US-United Arab Emirates (UAE) joint government statement is being seen as a full endorsement of the two countries’ Open Skies agreement rights, including Fifth Freedom services.
PARIS 2019 BLOG: Air transport industry confidence on display
The fourth and final trade show day saw a handful of additional Airbus narrowbody orders or conversions, closing a show that was relatively light on new airliner order numbers—as anticipated—but which still delivered some surprises.
Four men charged with MH17 Boeing 777 shootdown 
Four men, including an alleged former Russian intelligence service colonel, have been charged with bringing the missile into Ukraine that shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014, killing all those onboard the Boeing 777-200.
PARIS 2019 BLOG: The significance of the A321XLR’s long legs 
Day three of the air show was a good one for Airbus and particularly its newly-launched A321XLR, which is demonstrating early on that airlines see how they can stretch their networks, enter new markets and do good business with a longer-legged narrowbody.
PARIS 2019: KLM Cityhopper signs for up to 35 Embraer E195-E2s 
KLM Cityhopper signed a $2.5 billion deal with Embraer for 15 firm Embraer E195-E2 aircraft plus 20 purchase rights.
PARIS 2019: IAG orders A321XLRs for Aer Lingus and Iberia 
International Airlines Group (IAG) became the third customer for the new Airbus A321XLR when it ordered eight of the ultra-long range narrowbodies for Spanish carrier Iberia and six for Irish carrier Aer Lingus, plus 14 options.
PARIS 2019 BLOG: “It’s a brand I trust”: Walsh’s very public endorsement of Boeing 
Paris Air Show day two and, shock, some real news! In the best-kept industry secret of the year, British Airways parent International Airlines Group announced a deal for 200 Boeing 737 MAXs.
Heathrow expansion masterplan is revealed 
A masterplan for London Heathrow Airport’s expansion and third runway has been published and made available for public comment and consultation through Sept. 13.
PARIS 2019 BLOG: A quiet opening to what could be a quiet week 
The Paris Air Show has opened with no surprises and relatively few new airliner orders. This will likely be the pattern for the week.
PARIS 2019: L3 to open Texas academy for Americas’ pilot training 
L3 Commercial Aviation revealed plans to build its first US airline training center, which will open in October and be co-located with the company’s Arlington, Texas-based L3 Link Training & Simulation facility.
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Jul 18, 2019

A rough ride for Ryanair

Irish LCC Ryanair really isn’t having a good week, after losing its COO to easyJet, cutting its growth because of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding and facing industrial unrest among its UK pilots....More
Jun 27, 2019

EC’s clear message to the US: Don’t mess with Air Italy

EC Mobility and Transport director general Henrik Hololei’s letter to US State Department under-secretary Manisha Singh couldn’t be clearer: Hands off Air Italy or risk US airlines losing the many benefits and privileges they enjoy as part of the US-EU Open Skies agreement....More
Jun 25, 2019

US Big 3 glosses over UAE Open Skies outcome

Reading the US Partnership for Open & Fair Skies’ press release on the US-UAE joint government policy statement on their Open Skies agreement, the expression "lipstick on a pig" comes to mind. Except it’s more about gloss than lipstick....More

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