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.

Air France Pilots Extend Strike Despite New Concessions 
Members of the SNPL Air France ALPA union—the largest pilots union at the airline, representing about 60% of its flight crew—were invited to vote on whether to prolong the industrial action.
Concessions, State-Level Pleas Fail To End Air France Pilots Strike 
Air France was forced to cancel more than 1,800 flights during the first three days of strike, which started Monday, and some 65,000 passengers suffered flight cancellations or flight delays.
Qatar Airways Sees Potential For Up to 25 A380s 

Qatar Airways could almost double its order for Airbus A380s if the aircraft performance exceeds the airline’s expectations, according to group CEO Akbar Al Baker.

“Once we see the aircraft’s performance, and we hope it will exceed our expectations, we could firm the options we have and possibly even order more,” he says, speaking to Aviation Week on the sidelines of the delivery ceremony of Qatar Airways’ first A380 at the Airbus facilities in Hamburg. Al Baker adds that he sees “room for as many as 20 to 25 aircraft.”

Syphax Taps Former Air France Chief Christian Blanc As CEO 
The privately held airline, which was set up in the aftermath of the Tunisian revolution in 2011 and operated its first flight in April 2012, said Blanc would “continue the strategic development and strengthen the management of the company.”
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.
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