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.

JetBlue Takes Share In Charter JetSuite 
New York-based Jet Blue Airways has taken a minority stake in fast-growing, California-based jet-charter company JetSuite.
De Juniac: Speed, Innovation Key To Industry’s Health 
Speed and innovation will be essential to securing the future of a healthy global air transport industry as the world grows more uncertain and more difficult to predict, the new IATA chief said in his first public speech.
Qantas CEO: Financial Success Product Of Open Environment 
Cutting across company department “silos” and ensuring that all organizational voices are heard is critical to an airline’s financial success, Qantas Airways’ CEO said.
Complexity Makes IT Systems Vulnerable To Meltdown 
Major information technology (IT) meltdowns—like those that occurred this summer at Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines, bringing down their entire reservations systems for days—are not indicative of underlying infrastructure problems, but are related to the necessary complexity of airline systems, the chairman and CEO of American Airlines said.
Commercial Aviation’s Journey Since Sept 11, 2001 7
In the approach to the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the terrorist attack on the U.S. using hijacked airliners as weapons, ATW’s editors reflect on the commercial air transport industry then and now.
Commentary: Patterns Emerge In ‘Fly America’ Route Awards 
If it wasn’t so hung up on Emirates, Delta wouldn’t have played the “Fly America” card.
De Juniac Pledges To Deliver Value As IATA Chief 
De Juniac is the seventh IATA director-general. He succeeds Tony Tyler, who retired after more than five years in the post.
Southwest Investigating Major Engine Failure On U.S. Flight 
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 diverted Aug. 27 after a major engine malfunction, but landed safely without any injuries caused.
First C Series Aircraft Delivered To Swiss International Air Lines 
Bombardier has delivered the first C Series aircraft, to Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines, at ceremonies at Mirabel, Quebec.
Industry Honors Dave Barger With Pogue Award 
U.S. industry chiefs on June 23 lauded Dave Barger, the former JetBlue Airways CEO, when he was presented with the 2016 L. Welch Pogue Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Aviation Club (IAC) of Washington, D.C., and Aviation Week & Space Technology.
Air Serbia Launches Belgrade–New York Service 
Air Serbia on June 23 scheduled Belgrade–John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) service, providing the first direct flights between Serbia and the U.S. in 24 years.
China Pushes Airspace Modernization 
A flight-delay-management project tested at Xian International Airport is showing results and may be extended to other airports in China, where delays have become commonplace.
Transport Chief: U.S., EU Should Broaden Open Skies 
Europe and the U.S. should broaden their open skies transatlantic aviation agreement so airlines can operate more like other businesses, unshackled by ownership and control rules, the head of the European Commission’s transport directorate told a Washington audience.
IAG’s Walsh To Fight Plan For Third Heathrow Runway 
The head of British Airways’ parent company said he would fight against the proposal to build a third runway at London Heathrow Airport, calling it “indefensible” from a cost point of view.
IATA Chief Optimistic About Carbon Agreement 
IATA Director General Tony Tyler is optimistic that world governments will agree on a global carbon offsetting system for commercial aviation later this year.
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