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
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.
IATA Effort Will Back Investment In NDC Standard 
IATA CEO and Director General Tony Tyler announced the NDC Innovation Fund in his keynote speech at the IATA World Passenger Symposium in San Diego.
Etihad Plans To Take First A380 Delivery Tomorrow; First 787 Saturday 
The aircraft will include an ultra-premium, two-person “Residence” class, along with first-class “Apartments.”
 
Blogs
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015
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Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 2

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015
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NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 14

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015
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Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015
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Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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