Cathy Buyck

Cathy Buyck
Brussels Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Based in Brussels, Cathy covers European regulatory affairs, commercial air transport and MRO. Most recently, she was senior analyst for CAPA – Centre for Aviation. Prior, Cathy was Air Transport World's European Editor/Bureau Chief, leading ATW's Europe, Middle East and African coverage for the magazine and the daily online news. She also contributed to ATW’s numerous newsletters and was responsible for ATW’s annual World Airport Report.
 
She won the 2010/11 European Regions Airline Association (ERAA) Hank McGonagle Journalism Award for a two-part article on the inclusion of aviation in the European ETS and was shortlisted several times for the Royal Aeronautical Society Aerospace Journalist of the Year in the Air Transport and Best Strategy/ Finance category. In 2005, she was awarded the ATW Publisher’s Award. Cathy served as president of the Aviation Press Club (Belgium) for many years. She started her career as a journalist working for Belgium’s leading business magazine Trends. Cathy holds a Masters in Modern History from the KULeuven, Belgium, with distinction.
 

Articles
IATA Airlines Commit To Offering ‘Rescue Fares’ To Stranded Passengers 

BRUSSELS—Aiming to fend off European regulatory attempts that would require airlines to create repatriation funds, International Air Transport Association (IATA) members have agreed on a voluntary arrangement to help passengers affected by airline bankruptcy.

Under the new agreement, IATA members flying to, from and within the European Union (EU) will offer so-called rescue fares for the repatriation of passengers unable to return home due to an airline ceasing operations as a result of financial failure.

Avianca Chairman Sees No Benefit In Acquiring TAP 

ABU DHABI—TAP Portugal’s privatization is no longer a strategic goal for Avianca, says its chairman, who doubts whether the Portuguese government truly wants to sell off its flag carrier.

IATA Urges European Commission To Press Ahead With SES 
The European Commission (EC) supports the SES project and last year launched the SES 2+ legislative proposal in the hopes of giving traction to the much-delayed SES implementation process (Aviation DAILY, June 12, 2013).
Denim Air Concludes Management Buyout 
The airline is in the process of evaluating a number of possible routes and suitable aircraft types, Denim Air Managing Director Ronald Janssen said.
Avianca Chairman Sees No Benefit In Acquiring TAP 
“There was a window of opportunity [in 2012] but acquiring TAP does not fit in our strategy any longer,” Avianca Chairman German Efromovich told Aviation Week in Abu Dhabi.
IATA Airlines Commit To Offering ‘Rescue Fares’ To Stranded Passengers 
Under the new agreement, IATA members flying to, from and within the European Union (EU) will offer so-called rescue fares for the repatriation of passengers unable to return home due to an airline ceasing operations as a result of financial failure.
ATR Boosts Production To Keep Up With Orders 
Increasing the assembly rate to 10 aircraft per month seems minute compared to Boeing and Airbus, but it is confirmation of ATR’s renaissance in the past decade.
Scandinavian Legacy Airlines Hoping New Aircraft Will Revive Their Fortunes 2
SAS and Finnair still facing challenges, but new aircraft, route expansions and leaner operations give them room to hope
IAG Ahead Of European Legacy Peers In Adjusting To Life In Low-Cost Era
The difference between IAG and other European legacies could well be that Willie Walsh is at the helm and making some bold management decisions.
EC Clears Etihad’s Alitalia Investment 

he European Commission (EC) has cleared Etihad Airways’ partial takeover of Alitalia after the airlines agreed to surrender slots on the Rome Fiumicino-Belgrade, Serbia route.

KLM Retrofits Its Boeing 777-200ER Fleet 

KLM has received the first fully-renovated Boeing 777-200ER it will use to meet Air France-KLM Group’s new long-haul strategy designed to compete with long-haul products offered by other airlines, especially rival Gulf carriers.

The aircraft was re-integrated into KLM’s fleet 10 days earlier than planned, due to quicker-than-anticipated certification of the overhaul. The refurbished aircraft (registered as PH-BQB) was put in operation on its service from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Fukuoka, Japan on Friday, Nov. 14.

KLM Retrofits Its Boeing 777-200ER Fleet 
The aircraft was re-integrated into KLM’s fleet 10 days earlier than planned, due to quicker-than-anticipated certification of the overhaul.
 
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