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.

IATA To Operate Ticket Billing System In Cuba 
IATA plans to start operating a Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) banking system in Cuba in 2016, helping to facilitate ticket transactions between airlines and travel agents.
Indonesia Transport Chief Talks Safety, Competition 
Indonesia’s airlines must up their game on safety and expect more international competition if they are not ready to serve new routes, the country’s head of transport said on Nov. 12.
Delta’s Dubai Blues
Delta Air Lines is quitting its exclusive Atlanta-Dubai route; political shenanigans seem to be at work.
Asia-Pacific LCCs weigh costs vs paybacks for aircraft mods
Revenue-generating numbers touted by OEMs for airliner cabin modifications are not necessarily produced in reality, a senior executive at Singapore-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Tigerair cautioned.
For Asia-Pacific LCCs, MRO is not low cost
Being a low-cost carrier does not mean getting low-cost maintenance, a group of executives with Singapore-based LCCs agreed.
Asia-Pacific MRO Market Challenged By Labor Shortage 
Land constraints, customs bureaucracy and an acute shortage of skilled labor afflict the maintenance, repair and overhaul industry in the Asia-Pacific region, which is forecast to become the world’s largest in terms of fleet size and MRO market value.
Airline Profitability Creates MRO Opportunities 
Newfound airline focus on investor return is good news for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) suppliers, but the industry needs more support hubs in fast-growing air traffic emerging markets such as Asia.
SAS Rolls Out Cabin Design For New A330s And Long-Haul Fleet 
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has rolled out a new cabin design and inflight entertainment (IFE) system and connectivity products to coincide with delivery of its new Airbus A330-300s.
BAE Systems Unveils Onboard Movie Downstreaming 
BAE Systems announced what it says is an industry first, a system that will allow airline passengers to stream current movies directly to their personal devices while in the air.
Airbus Chief: U.S. ATC System Reform A Necessity 
Action, not more debate, is needed to transition the U.S. air traffic system out of FAA and into a stand-alone corporation, according to Airbus Americas’ chief and former FAA administrator Allan McArtor.
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.

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