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
Ryanair Vows More Customer Service Improvements As Traffic Shoots Up 
Europe’s largest low-cost carrier (LCC) launched its “Always Getting Better” (AGB) customer initiative at the end of 2013, hoping to shed its unfriendly image, lift yields and accelerate growth.
Air Caraibes Parent Scraps Plans To Buy Corsair 
TUI Group will have to find a new potential investor for its struggling French airline, Corsair International, as negotiations with Air Caraibes-parent Groupe Debrueil collapsed after strong protests by Corsair staff.
Ryanair Will Consider An IAG Offer For Its Aer Lingus Stake 
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has said the company is yet to be formally approached or receive an offer for its shares in Aer Lingus from International Airlines Group (IAG), and for now he’s “not wiser than anybody else” on the prospects of the takeover.
IAG Looking At Joint Aircraft Procurement With Qatar Airways 
Qatar Airways’ shareholding in International Airlines Group (IAG) could lead to the joint procurement of aircraft, engines and maintenance, IAG CEO WIllie Walsh has said.
KLM Reveals Boeing 787 Layout 
KLM’s Boeing 787-9s will be configured with 294 seats in a three-class layout with 30 full-flat seats in business class, 48 seats in premium economy and 216 economy seats in a 3-3-3 layout, the carrier has revealed.
Delivery Of First Sukhoi Superjet 100LR To VLM Airlines Delayed 
VLM had planned to add the SSJ100 LR to its fleet in April to support its growing route network.
Has The Single European Sky Project Failed? 
The plan for a unified European airspace, 10 years on, seems mired in single-state concerns that have led to heel-dragging, yet some high-level officials believe it is still achievable.
IAG Cheers Iberia Turnaround And Upgrades 2015 Profit Guidance 
International Airlines Group (IAG) has demonstrated it is possible to turn a struggling European legacy airline around, as Iberia reported a €50 million ($55.9 million) operating profit for 2014, reversing years of losses, and achieved a 1.5% operating margin.
Irish Government Wants More Guarantees From IAG About Aer Lingus 
As deal to sell Aer Lingus to IAG makes progress, the Irish government is seeking more concessions about employment and connectivity.
EC Stops Infringement Proceedings On Two FABs 
Two of Europe’s nine functional airspace blocks (FABs) are now fully compliant with the framework of the Single European Sky (SES) legislation, and the European Commission (EC) has stopped infringement proceedings against their member states, Aviation Daily has learned.
Aer Lingus And Irish Government Not Aligned On IAG Takeover 
Aer Lingus and the Irish government differ in view on the benefits of a possible takeover by International Airlines Group (IAG), while Ryanair still has not given any indication whether it is willing to sell its near-30% shareholding in the airline to British Airways’ (BA) parent.
Air Caraibes, Corsair To Fly Common Fleet of A350s; Strikes Called 
In December 2013, the company placed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of three A350-1000s and simultaneously entered into an operating-lease agreement with ILFC for three Airbus A350-900s.
Amsterdam Schiphol Lowers Airport Charges; Faces Capacity Shortage 
Airlines operating at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) will benefit from a 7% decrease in charges from April, compared to a 0.7% increase in 2014, and operators will see an additional €35 million ($39.9 million) reduction of the airport charges next year, a Schiphol Group executive confirmed.
EasyJet Eases Cabin-Bag Rules, Launches Flights To Tunisia 
EasyJet continues to extend the geographic boundaries of its network and will launch its first route to Tunisia in June, while also introducing a more liberal policy for hand luggage.
 
Blogs
Mar 5, 2015
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GE’s Failed Play For Honeywell (2001)

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Mar 4, 2015
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1957: Broken Arrow 28

The most capable interceptor of the 1960s might not have been American or Russian, or even British, French or Swedish....More
Mar 2, 2015
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1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight 2

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015
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U.S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions 4

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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NavWeek: Running With the Pac 1

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015
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Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015
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France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

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