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
Austrian Airlines CEO Jaan Albrecht Moves To SunExpress 
The move by Albrecht, whose contract was due to expire in October, comes at a critical time for the Austrian carrier, which on April 1 is folding Tyrolean’s entire flight operation back into Austrian Airlines.
Finnair Assumes Ownership Of Flybe Nordic As Talks With Outside Investors Lag 
Finland’s flag carrier emphasizes that its full ownership and control of Flybe Nordic is on “an interim basis,” and that discussions on the planned purchase of 60% of Flybe Nordic’s shareholding by StaffPoint Holding and G.W. Sohlberg are continuing.
The BEA To Analyze ‘Systemic Weaknesses’ Behind Germanwings Crash 
This probe will also include which criteria and procedures airlines should be applied to detect “specific psychological profiles” of flight crew, it confirmed.
Aegean Airlines Boasts Strong Performance, Steps Up Unit-Cost Reduction 
The Athens-based Star Alliance member asserts that distribution costs, ground handling and aircraft maintenance still offer scope for additional savings, mainly through economies of scale arising from its merger with Olympic Air.
KLM Cityhopper Moves To Single Embraer E-Jet Fleet 
“The new fleet will contribute even more [toward] optimal operations, serving the seven million passengers who fly with KLM Cityhopper each year,” KLM Cityhopper Managing Director Boet Kreiken said.
TAP Portugal Sinks Into Loss Ahead Of Its Privatization 
Operationally, the airline performed well last year, increasing passenger numbers by 6.6% to a record 11.4 million, outpacing the average 4.5% growth recorded by members of the Association of European Airlines.
EasyJet Upgrades First-Half Outlook, Could Post A Profit 
EasyJet traditionally makes a loss in the seasonably weak six months through March, but on March 26 the company upgraded its forecasts and said it now expects its pre-tax result for the first half ending March 31 to be between a loss of £5 million ($7.4 million) and a profit of £10 million.
Fastjet Hopeful To Obtain AOC In Zimbabwe 
Ed Winter, interim chairman and CEO of Fastjet, said the company identified several potential routes within and from Zimbabwe, where it contends the low-cost model will stimulate the air travel market and tap into the huge market of passengers currently traveling by bus.
American Airlines, Vueling Ink Interline Agreement 
The IET accord between American and Vueling covers Barcelona El Prat and Rome Fiumicino airports.
Joint Project On Controllers Moves Europe Toward SES 
European ANSPs highlight progress on SES through common controller definition being developed jointly across four countries.
Air France-KLM Board Supports Renewal Of De Juniac’s Mandate 
The board of directors followed the nominating committee’s advice and voted to renew his term. The vote was almost unanimous, with reportedly only the Air France pilots’ representative voting against his re-appointment.
KLM has postponed the delivery of two Boeing 787-9s 

KLM has postponed the delivery of two Boeing 787-9s due to parent company Air France-KLM’s limiting its capital investment program. The airline reached agreement with Boeing over the deferral, although it remains tight-lipped by how much the deliveries have been pushed backed and which delivery slots it concerns. Handover of the first three aircraft remains unaffected, and the first two 787-9s will join its fleet as planned in October and November this year with a third one following early next year.

Brussels Airlines Sees Progress In Its Turnaround Plan 
Despite challenges from LCC expansion at its home base, Brussels Airlines seems poised to achieve profitability after investments and management improvements coordinated by its largest shareholder, the Lufthansa Group.
Martinair Works Council Seeks Court Action Against Downsizing 
Martinair’s works council intends to take legal action against Air France-KLM for its plans to drastically downsize the freighter airline from 10 aircraft to four Boeing 747-400Fs and phase out all six MD-11Fs by June 2016.
 
Blogs
Mar 31, 2015
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Operation Decisive Storm -- Air Power Over Yemen 2

A Saudi-led coalition of Middle Eastern and African states has started a major air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. We take a look at the air assets assembled for Operation Decisive Storm....More
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More

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