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.


Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin plan transatlantic JV
Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic are moving to create a new transatlantic joint venture (JV) triad that includes Air France-KLM acquiring a 31% stake in Virgin and Delta taking a 10% stake in Air France-KLM.
Europe’s aviation landscape changes, but is no easier 
Uncertainty hangs over Europe as the headwinds of Brexit, terrorism, declining yields and ongoing labor battles pummel the industry.
Asia-Pacific airlines see a lift from the economy 
Despite earnings pressure on many Asia-Pacific region airlines in 2017, the annual collective profit for this region is likely to be similar to 2016s.
2017 World Airline Report - Headwinds & Tailwinds 
While the airlines collectively might not be quite as profitable in 2017 as in 2016, it looks increasingly likely they will get close to record net profit.
How will new Boeing 787-10 compare with competition? 
From the outset, the Boeing 787 was designed to be a family of three. Now that the –10 is flying, how will the family stack up against its Airbus rivals?
ANA Holdings setting ambitious goals 
The parent of All Nippon Airways wants to achieve record profitability by 2020 and grow international revenues by 40% while expanding LCC business 10-fold.
Interview: Yuji Hirako President & CEO, All Nippon Airways 
​ANA appointed former EVP and board member Yuji Hirako the airline’s president and CEO in April. He succeeded Osamu Shinobe, who was promoted to vice chairman of ANA Holdings.
ANALYSIS: Can Heathrow’s third runway be built for $7 billion less?
In the never-ending, will-it-ever-happen saga that is London Heathrow’s third runway, new options have come forward that claim the project could be built for a third less than the £18 billion ($23 billion) price tag currently proposed by the airport.
EDITORIAL: Open Skies is a genius idea that can be made even better
The single largest benefit to airlines and consumers that has occurred in the history of commercial air transportation began as a concept that crystallized into the US model known as Open Skies.
Norwegian Boeing 787-8
DOT tentatively approves Norwegian UK air permit 
The US has tentatively granted low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian UK a foreign air permit, saying it sees no persuasive basis to deny the application.
Etihad Boeing 787-9
Etihad says American codeshare decision is ‘anti-competitive’ 
Etihad Airways says it is “disappointed” by American Airlines’ decision to terminate its codeshare relationship and views it as “anti-competitive and anti-consumer.”
EDITORIAL: Don’t let US majors chip away at Open Skies 
The single largest benefit to airlines and consumers that has occurred in the history of commercial air transportation began as a concept that crystallized into the US model known as Open Skies.
American Airlines Boeing 787-8
American to end Etihad & Qatar codeshares over subsidy row 
American Airlines is ending its codeshare relationships with Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways as a protest against what it alleges to be government subsidies of the major Gulf carriers.
Norwegian Boeing 787-8
EC official to US: Resolve Norwegian UK application soon 
Europe will begin the arbitration process over Norwegian UK’s (NUK) application to serve US routes if the US does not soon approve the application, a senior European Commission (EC) official warned this week.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker
American CEO: Qatar bid strengthens resolve on Gulf subsidies issue 
In a letter to employees, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says he finds Qatar Airways’ unsolicited bid to invest in American “puzzling” and that it strengthens his resolve against illegally subsidized companies.