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.

China Airlines 777-300ER Provides Taste of Taiwan
A China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER parked in the Paris Air Show static display is generating a buzz for its cabin, which was designed by a top Taiwanese architect.
CFM To Hold LEAP MRO Costs
CFM International will keep its maintenance costs for the new LEAP narrowbody engine to levels at or similar to those of the current CFM56 engine, company senior executives said.
Airbus Secures Saudi Arabian as A330-300 Regional Launch Customer
Airbus has announced Saudi Arabian Airlines as its launch customer for the A330-300 Regional.
Qatar CEO Sends Message To Delta Chief
Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar al Baker used a press conference at the Paris Air Show to send a message to the CEO of Delta Air Lines after he signed firm contracts for 14 Boeing 777s.
AAPA Chief Sees Better Year For Asian Airlines, But Still A Tough Market 
Association of Asia Pacific Airlines Director General Andrew Herdman said 2014 had been “very tough” for the region, with the majors and LCCs both struggling.
Venezuela Gets Stern Warning On Withheld $3.7bn 1
IATA is stepping up its campaign to press Venezuela to release $3.7 billion in funds that belong to airlines.
AAPA Chief Sees Better Year For Asian Airlines, But Still A Tough Market
Speaking with ATW on the eve of the IATA AGM in Miami, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines Director General Andrew Herdman said that 2014 had been “very tough” for the region, with the majors and low-cost carriers struggling alike.
U.S. DOT Chief To Address AGM; Will Gulf Carrier Dispute Figure?

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will deliver a keynote address during the opening session of the at the IATA AGM in Miami Monday, raising the possibility that the ongoing dispute between the three major US carriers and the three largest Gulf airlines could be discussed even though it is not on the AGM agenda.

Q&A With American’s Doug Parker
American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker spoke with ATW Editor-In-Chief Karen Walker about the progress made, and the challenges still ahead.
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.

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