Karen Walker

Karen Walker
Editor-In-Chief, Air Transport World

 
Karen Walker is ATW’s Editor-in-Chief. She had been covering the aerospace industry for almost 30 years. She has specialist knowledge in training, simulation, safety and aeropolitics.

Articles
New Etihad-Commissioned Report Dismisses Excess Capacity Claims 
The Edgeworth Report—the second white paper commissioned by Etihad since the dispute between major U.S. and Gulf carriers began—dismisses what it says are “simplistic claims” in a report produced by Compass Lexecon.
Qatar Airways CEO Fires Back At Anti-Gulf Carrier Campaign 
Group CEO Akbar al Baker came to the District to give his first full response to the campaign—headed by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and some U.S. labor groups—alleging state-owned Qatar, Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways have benefited from government subsidies totaling $42 billion.
American Looks To Tailor Aircraft To Routes, But Sees 757-Type Gap 

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona--American Airlines' fleet-planning strategy hinges on having a variety of different-sized aircraft that can match varying route needs, but there is a gap in an aircraft type that would fill the role of the Boeing 757, the airline's head of network planning said May 7. 

Speaking as a panelist at the Phoenix International Aviation Symposium here, American Airlines Vice President-Network Planning Charles Schubert said that tailoring aircraft to routes is a major part of the carrier's strategy.

Etihad Stresses Importance Of Atlantic Routes; Rules Out Europe-U.S. 
Speaking as a panelist on at the CAPA Americas Aviation Summit, Etihad Chief Strategy & Planning Officer Kevin Knight said the north-transatlantic market had been at the forefront of many innovations in the airline industry.
Airbus Sees Narrowbody Cabin Upgrade Market In Growth Mode 
TOULOUSE, France–The growth in LCCs and a desire to increase aircraft revenue is driving demand for cabin refurbishments, Airbus said here April 9.
TSA’s Expedited Screening Program Take-Up Passes 1 Million
There are more than 330 Pre-Check application centers in the U.S., including locations at 31 airports.
Rockwell Collins Commercial Flight-Tracking Service Set To Debut 
ARINC MultiLink brings together multiple data sources to reliably report the location of an aircraft anywhere in the world, the company says.
Travel Advocates, FedEx Join Forces To Maintain U.S. Open Skies Policy 
Although the content of those meetings has not been made public, the BTC-led group believes the airline CEOs are looking to review open skies policy, arguing that growing competition from the three major Gulf carriers—Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways—is unfair.
MRJ Rate To Reach 10 A Month By 2022 

TOKYO—Mitsubishi Aircraft expects to achieve its new target for full-rate production of 10 MRJ regional jets a month about five years after beginning deliveries.

The ramp-up plans were revealed by Mitsubishi Aircraft President Teruaki Kawai at a meeting of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) this week, and provide good indication as to how many production slots the company has available between 2017 and 2022.

Cathay Sees Little Potential In Long-Haul, Low-Cost Strategy 

TOKYO—Cathay Pacific Airways doubts the low-cost long-haul business model is sustainable over the long term and does not intend to change its full-service model to compete with the proliferation of low-cost carriers (LCCs) in the Asian market.

Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer Rupert Hogg spoke about evolving airline strategies in the Asian market as a panelist at the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) meeting here.

MRJ Rate To Reach 10 A Month By 2022 
The ramp-up plans were revealed by Mitsubishi Aircraft President Teruaki Kawai at a meeting of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) this week, and provide good indication as to how many production slots the company has available between 2017 and 2022.
Cathay Sees No Reason To Adapt Model Because Of Long-Haul Low Costs 
Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer Rupert Hogg spoke about evolving airline strategies in the Asian market as a panelist at the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) 58th Assembly of Presidents here on Wednesday.
IATA Launches Cyber Security Toolkit For Air Transport Industry 
The Aviation Cyber Security Toolkit was announced on Tuesday at the IATA AVSEC World aviation security conference in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Intelligence Chief: Information Has To Be Protected 
Speaking Monday in Washington, D.C. at the IATA AVSEC World aviation security conference, U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper (retired lieutenant general) expressed his strong belief in multiple intelligence agencies working together jointly as well as vertically with organizations such as FAA, TSA and the aviation industry.
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