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

Qatar Airways’ American bid could be political

in ATW Editor's Blog Jun 23, 2017
Qatar Airways’ unsolicited bid to acquire a large stake in American Airlines is indeed “puzzling”, as American CEO Doug Parker put it in a letter to......

Qatar's unsolicited, unexpected and unwelcome bid for American

in ATW Editor's Blog Jun 22, 2017
You have to hand it to Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker; he never fails to surprise. This time, it appears, he has also surprised American Airlines....

Cuba: You need passengers, not just planes!

in ATW Editor's Blog Jun 16, 2017
My quick take on US President Donald Trump’s announcement today that the US air services pact with Cuba will remain, but a ban on US tourism to the......

Munoz moves United on from scandal, but will customer service follow?

in ATW Editor's Blog Jun 16, 2017
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz’s speech in New York this week seemed deliberately aimed at putting the dragged passenger scandal behind him and......

Editor’s Blog: Walsh’s meltdown over the BA meltdown

in ATW Editor's Blog Jun 06, 2017
A clearly irritated Willie Walsh was ready to chastise the press. “It wasn’t a computer meltdown,” he said as soon as he was asked about the British......

Editor's Blog: The USA becomes the unnamed problem child

in ATW Editor's Blog Jun 05, 2017
If you wanted an indicator of how far the US has fallen in the regard of global opinion, Cancun would be a good place to be this week.As one speaker......

The bigger questions of British Airways’ IT meltdown

in ATW Editor's Blog May 29, 2017
As with all disasters, natural or man-made, there comes a time for mopping up, analysis and self- examination. What was learned? How can this be......

US lawmakers are angry, but want airlines to self-regulate

in ATW Editor's Blog May 02, 2017
Today’s congressional hearing on US airline customer service was certainly a venting exercise for lawmakers. The question is, will this new wave of......

Munoz’s apology may not be enough

in ATW Editor's Blog Apr 11, 2017
Let’s start with today’s good news for United. The CEO issued a full apology for the awful bumped-then-dragged passenger incident, took full......

United bumped passenger video damages all airlines

in ATW Editor's Blog Apr 10, 2017
The news and video that emerged today of a passenger being roughly dragged from a United Airlines aircraft for no other reason than the airline had......