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.

TAT Sells Sabena Technics To Management 

France’s TAT Group, divesting yet another part of its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) portfolio, has sold Sabena Technics Brussels to the MRO provider’s management. 

“We confirm that Sabena Technics Brussels does not belong anymore to TAT Group and that there is a new shareholding structure for Sabena Technics Brussels and its subsidiaries or branches,” a spokeswoman said.

EU-Funded Airports Are Not Value For Money, Auditors Say 
“We found that some airports were not profitable in the long term, some were underused and some were not used at all,” George Pufan, who headed the report, said.
Fast-Growing Air Astana Eschews Alliances 
Air Astana’s CEO says his airline does not want to become a “mega transfer business—every single airline does that and yields are very low.”
Air Astana Considering Airbus’s Proposed A321neoLR 

ALMATY, Kazakhstan—Air Astana will make a decision in 2015 on a new narrowbody order and says it is “definitely” looking at Airbus’s proposed long-range A321neo, which offers a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 97 metric tons and extra fuel tanks. 

TAT Sells Sabena Technics To Management 
“We confirm that Sabena Technics Brussels does not belong anymore to TAT Group and that there is a new shareholding structure for Sabena Technics Brussels and its subsidiaries or branches,” a spokeswoman said.
Airlines Signal Demand For Long-range Narrowbody 1
As their 757s are being retired, airlines are seeking a replacement; so far, the proposed long-range Airbus A321neo is attracting the most interest.
Etihad Airways Strengthens Cooperation With South African 
The announcement comes just two days after SAA said it would be open to selling a minority stake to the Abu Dhabi-based carrier to shore up its lamentable financial state.
European Airlines Slam Germany’s ATC Price-Hike Proposal 
The proposed increased in charges is almost 40-times the Euro-area inflation rate (which stood at 0.4% in November) and is simply “outrageous,” the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), the International Air Carrier Association (IACA), the European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA), the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the Association of European Airlines (AEA) said in a joint statement.
Lufthansa Centralizes Sales Functions 

Lufthansa is centralizing key functions of its sales force across the group’s various airlines. Area managers of Lufthansa and the group’s other airlines will report to a newly created position, head of group sales for the Lufthansa Group. Managers will no longer report to the sales organization of their own carriers. 

Included in the changes are Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Germanwings.

SAS Acquires Danish Regional Carrier Cimber 

EasyJet’s push to lower maintenance-unit costs even as its fleet age climbs is going far beyond re-tendering of contracts to include investing in new technologies—and some already are paying dividends.

Air Astana Rules Out Alliance Membership; Considers Tokyo Flights 
Earlier this year, Foster said the Kazakhstan flag carrier was considering becoming an alliance member.
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