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
Alitalia Starts Breaking Ties With Air France-KLM 
More headwinds for Air France-KLM: Alitalia wants to exit from some joint ventures.
De Juniac Reappointed At Air France-KLM 
The French government—which just increased its shareholding in the group by 1.7%, to 17.58%, and acquired double voting rights—signaled in March its support for renewing his term for four years.
Winning Bid For TAP Seems Imminent 
For a decade and a half, TAP Portugal has been on and off the block, but the state-owned airline is now due to be sold to private bidders within weeks.
SAS Reaches Deal With Pilots Union In Sweden; Norwegian Pilots Start Strike 
The SFP had threatened industrial action from midnight, but the deadline was extended to 8 a.m. as talks continued throughout the night.
Dutch Government Denies Emirates Additional Traffic Rights 
Emirates currently operates a daily service between its hub in Dubai (DXB) and Schiphol (AMS) aboard the Airbus A380 or Boeing 777-300ER.
Etihad-Equity Partner Alitalia Starts Breaking Ties with Air France-KLM 
The agreements govern passenger services operated by the three SkyTeam carriers between Italy and France, as well as Italy and the Netherlands and beyond.
TAP Sale Fails To Attract European-Airline Interest 
The deadline for submissions to buy 61% of TAP Group expired on May 15.
TUI Group Orders Boeing 787-9s, Moves to Single Brand Across Five Airlines 
After receiving supervisory board approval on May 12, Europe’s largest integrated-tourism conglomerate finalized a Boeing order for one 787-9, with an option for another of the type.
European Airports Post Healthy Traffic Growth 

Several European countries and airports recorded double-digit passenger-traffic growth in the first quarter, while a select number of countries—Russia, Ukraine and Austria—reported traffic declines.

EasyJet Swings To First-Half Profit, Steps Up Fleet Up-gauging 
All A320s delivered to the airline starting in May 2016 will be configured with 186 seats. The retrofit program of its existing A320 fleet, which adds six seats per aircraft, will start in winter 2016. The retrofit should be complete by summer 2018.
Air France-KLM Touts Maritime Tax Regime To Level Playing Field With Gulf Carriers 
De Juniac’s proposal draws its inspiration from European Union (EU) maritime guidelines in place since 1997 to address the lack of competitiveness of EU/European Economic Area (EEA) fleets in the global-shipping market and end the flagging-out of the European fleet and loss of EU seafarer jobs.
European Commission (EC) Clears Air France-KLM, Alitalia and Delta Transatlantic Joint Venture 
“We have now concluded our reviews of the three major worldwide airline alliances—and are one step closer to a genuine level playing field in transatlantic aviation markets,” said Margrethe Vestager, European commissioner in charge of competition policy.
IATA Says Air Cargo Business Needs New Model  1
Despite some recent improvement, IATA says air cargo needs structural changes to become a sustainable business.
Key Airline Leaders: Liberalization Still Far In Future 
The legacy portion of the airline industry claims it is favoring further liberalization, but its actions indicate the opposite.
Rafale Fighter Buy Reignites Gulf Carrier Expansion Feud 
Qatar’s buy of Rafale jets seems to be linked to Qatar Airways’ new traffic rights to some of France’s regional airports.
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Blogs
May 22, 2015
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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Descends Toward Asteroid Ceres for Closer Look at Bright Spots

Images gathered May 16 with cameras from an altitude of 4,500 miles have again prompted speculation the spacecraft has spotted ice deposits on the 600 mile wide minor planet....More
May 18, 2015
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Fire In the Cabin 2

While installing a fireplace in a cabin clearly would be a bad idea, Lufthansa Technik develops a technology that uses illuminated water mist with an image of burning wood to create a fireplace for VIP aircraft....More
May 15, 2015
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Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

Construction of Cardington’s Number 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Construction of Cardington’s No. 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Short Brothers was awarded an Admiralty contract for the development of dirigible airships....More
May 11, 2015
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NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

China last year accelerated its plans to “reclaim” areas like the Spratly Islands, and the Asian giant is banking on its coast guard to protect its disputed maritime stakes in the region, according to the Pentagon....More
May 10, 2015
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Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery Of Newest 737-800

Ethiopian Airlines' fleet renewal and growth continued this week with the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle. Routing through Washington-Dulles and then Dublin, Ireland, the latest 737NG is Ethiopian's 16th. Since 2010, the East African carrier has taken delivery of 25 Boeing 737/777/787s as well as 13 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 regional turbo aircraft. One of the fastest-growing and most modern of African airlines, Ethiopian also has a burgeoning MRO business....More

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