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.

Alitalia Shelves Air One 
The closure of Air One appears to one of the conditions laid down by Etihad Airways to bail out the struggling Italian flag carrier and take a 49% shareholding (Aviation DAILY Aug. 9).
Ryanair Launches Business Package To Attract Corporate Traveler 
Ryanair has upgraded several of its services to include allocated seating, a free second carry-on bag (up to 10 kg), reduced fees and a new app with mobile boarding passes. Ryanair is also expanding its network with high-frequency flights to main airports, such as Brussels Airport and Rome Fiumicino.
Aegean Airlines Increased Its A320 Order to Seven Aircraft 
Delivery of all seven new Airbus A320ceos will take place between June 2015 and early 2016. The aircraft will be equipped with sharklets and will be powered by IAE V2500 engines.
Iberia's Brighter Future 1
Iberia’s turnaround and progress in lowering costs trigger widebody fleet renewal
Ryanair To Bid for Cyprus Airways 
Ryanair will submit a non-binding bid for Cyprus ahead of Friday’s deadline, Ryanair chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, confirmed.
Monarch To Abandon Charter, Long-Haul Operations 

Monarch Airlines will end charter operations and move completely to short- and medium-haul scheduled flying as part of its strategic review. 

The U.K. airline will also close one of its six U.K. bases next year.

The airline has gradually shifted capacity to scheduled flying under the ZB code from charter flying under the MON code, and scheduled operations now represent 85% of the airline’s business.

Estonian Air To Deepen Restructuring Measures 

Estonian Air managed to reduce losses in the first six months of the year, but increasing competition and the situation in Ukraine is prompting the need to implement additional restructuring measures, warned CEO Jan Palmér.

Net loss in the first half improved 18% compared to the year-ago period to €5 million (U.S. $6.6 million) and the airline has continued to perform in line with the restructuring plan, “but nevertheless we expected to see more positive results,” Palmér said.

Total revenue declined 8% year-over-year to €32.9 million.

Air France Pilots Threaten Strike Action In September 
Up to 77% of Air France’s pilots are ready to take part in industrial action, according to Jean-Louis Barber, president of the SNPL Air France ALPA pilots union.
SAS Concludes Sale And Leaseback For New A330s 

SAS has secured financing for four Airbus A330-300Es, which are part of its planned widebody fleet renewal and growth.

The Scandinavian airline group signed of a sale-and-leaseback agreement with the Chinese bank Bocomm for the four aircraft. This is SAS’s first large agreement with a Chinese counterpart. “Bocomm will become a very good partner for SAS,” SAS Group Executive Vice President and CFO, Göran Jansson, said. 

Ryanair Ups Competitive Pressure On Aer Lingus 

Ryanair is stepping up direct competition with Aer Lingus, in which it still holds a near 30% stake, and will start operating a multiple daily return from Dublin to Brussels Airport (BRU). 

Aer Lingus is currently the only operator on the route.

Pegasus Reports Loss As It Fends Off Competition 

Pegasus Airlines expects to continue its high-passenger growth both in the international and domestic markets, but the profitability of Turkey’s largest privately-owned airline has deteriorated and the first-half through June was loss-making.  The aggressive network expansion and increased competition of rival Turkish Airlines at Pegasus’s main hub of Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport put pressure on Pegasus’s fares.

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