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

O’Leary’s winning hand with Lauda

in ATW Editor's Blog Mar 20, 2018
Michael O’Leary must have played a lot of Risk as a boy. And he frequently won, judging by how he played his hand over LaudaMotion, a prize that was......

The airline industry’s glass ceiling

in ATW Editor's Blog Mar 09, 2018
Today is National Women’s Day. I’m not typically one of those who lauds achievements purely based on the gender of those who achieved, but a vexing......

Delta CEO takes the high road

in ATW Editor's Blog Mar 02, 2018
Delta Air Lines has withdrawn its discount offer for members of the US National Rifle Association (NRA) following the mass shooting in February at a......

Pigs might fly, but they shouldn’t do so as service animals

in ATW Editor's Blog Feb 05, 2018
Two US airlines, Delta and United, have issued stricter guidelines on what is required before a passenger can bring onboard an animal in an “......

The Open Skies ‘big deal’ that isn’t

in ATW Editor's Blog Jan 30, 2018
American, Delta and United still have little to show for the millions of dollars they’ve spent on publicity campaigns and legal work aimed at......

Media reaction to ‘safest year’ for airlines is telling

in ATW Editor's Blog Jan 02, 2018
Two reports issued at the start of the year hail good news for the air traveling public: 2017 was the safest year in history with no fatalities......

To the PSA pilot who made my Christmas Eve

in ATW Editor's Blog Dec 29, 2017
It can often be the little things that make for great customer service, especially when things go wrong. Here’s a true Christmas Eve story of a PSA......

Time is fast running out to prevent a Brexit aviation crisis

in ATW Editor's Blog Dec 16, 2017
With every ticking minute towards the day when the UK exits the European Union (EU), anxiety is growing among those in the airline industry about......

Editorial: Gulf Open Skies decision is right call

in ATW Editor's Blog Dec 15, 2017
Despite a renewed campaign against the hub Gulf carriers, the three US major airlines ended the year with essentially nothing gained....

Customer service lessons for British Airways, Heathrow and all airlines

in ATW Editor's Blog Dec 12, 2017
A final update on my journey out of the London Heathrow chaos, along with a few takeaways that the incident made me think about, not just for the......