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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.

EasyJet Airbus A319
Routes Europe 2019: EasyJet ‘turns Berlin orange’ 
A rapid expansion effort and high-profile brand campaign is “turning Berlin orange” since European ultra-LCC easyJet—famous for its bright orange livery—acquired the Tegel Airport assets of former airline airberlin.
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8
Routes Europe 2019: Warsaw remains key to LOT’s network growth 
LOT Polish Airlines will launch a number of new long-haul routes this year, including Warsaw-Miami in June, but its strategy remains to focus on Central and Eastern European markets.
TUI Boeing 737 MAX 8
Routes Europe 2019: Europe’s TUI outlines MAX grounding costs 
European leisure airline TUI Group, which had 15 Boeing 737 MAX 8s in its fleet of 150 aircraft when the aircraft was grounded, expects the cost impact to be about $200 million assuming the MAXs will remain out of service through June.
Routes Europe 2019: European landscape still a rough ride for smaller carriers 
Europe’s strong airlines will get stronger and the weak will get weaker as consolidation in the region continues, and small carriers see pressure on yields intensifying.
Concierge robot FRAnny
Fraport trials concierge robot at Frankfurt Airport 
Frankfurt Airport operator Fraport is conducting a six-week trial of a robotic head that can greet passengers and answer their questions such as how to find their gate, a restaurant or how to access free Wi-Fi.
AirBaltic A220-300
Routes Europe 2019: A220 enables airBaltic’s network growth 
Riga-based carrier airBaltic is opening new routes on a scope and scale that would not have been possible without the Airbus A220-300 that is rapidly becoming the mainstay of its fleet.
Routes Europe 2019: Data is the new driver for airlines 
Airlines are increasingly becoming data analytics companies that want to use data for a deeper understanding of their markets.
S7 co-owner Fileva killed in private jet crash 
Russian airline S7 co-owner and major shareholder Natalia Fileva was killed when the private jet she was flying on crashed near Frankfurt March 31.
Southwest Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft sit on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor
Southwest MAX on ferry flight requested emergency landing after takeoff 
Pilots of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 reported an emergency and returned to Orlando International Airport soon after takeoff March 26, the airline and FAA confirmed.
Air France-KLM Group’s changing partnership 
The Air France-KLM Group partnership has endured challenges this past year as strikes, competition and management changes affected earnings and led to friction.
Editorial: China called it first
The response to the second Boeing 737 MAX crash was an aviation regulatory gamechanger.
EDITORIAL: China called it first 
Whatever is ultimately concluded about the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashes, the response to the second accident was an aviation regulatory gamechanger.
US lawmakers call for FAA oversight review in wake of MAX grounding 
Refined satellite tracking data combined with some non-defined physical evidence from the wreckage of the Ethiopian Airlines crash site prompted Canada, then the US to ground the Boeing 737 MAX.
A380’s large size did not match a changing market 
The Airbus A380 airliner fell behind the times, both in its intended market and in the technologies that made it such a novel passenger proposition.
Editorial: Regulation for grown-ups
The goal of DOT regulatory reform is to maintain all safety and consumer protection standards, but to achieve them at less cost and prevent excess regulation.
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Blogs & Commentary
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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