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
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.
Air France-KLM Targets More Savings And Reduces Investments 
Air France-KLM is scaling back its investment plans by a further €600 million ($680 million) over the next two years and is accelerating cost-cutting measures.
Lufthansa Offers Mainline Growth For Concessions 
The two major airlines in Continental Europe face an uphill battle as they struggle to regain profitability. First up will be persuading employees to agree to more concessions.
Etihad Regional To Downsize, Focus On Wet-Lease Operations 
The airline will provide ACMI services to partner carriers within the Etihad Airways partner group. In Europe, Etihad’s equity alliance encompasses Air Berlin, Alitalia and Air Serbia.
Transavia Revamp Includes New 737-800s, Livery 

Air France-KLM is moving ahead with the watered-down expansion plans for its low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary Transavia, adding up to 27 Boeing 737-800s in the next few years, including seven in 2015 to supplement the carrier’s French division.

The seven 737s will bring Transavia France’s fleet size to 21 this summer, up from 14 last summer.

Air Caraibes’ Corsair Buy Signals French West Indies Market Consolidation 
The transaction, details of which will be released later this week, marks the onset of consolidation of the air travel market between mainland France and the French West Indies as well as intensified competition for Air France.
Aer Lingus Names Internal Candidate As New CEO 
Aer Lingus Group has opted to elevate a company insider to become its new chief executive and named Stephen Kavanagh to succeed Christoph Mueller
Aer Lingus Names Internal Candidate As New CEO 

Aer Lingus Group has opted to elevate a company insider to become its new chief executive and named Stephen Kavanagh to succeed Christoph Mueller, who is stepping down on Feb. 28 to take on a new role as CEO of embattled Malaysia Airlines.

 
Blogs
Feb 27, 2015
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NavWeek: Running With the Pac

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

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015
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Inside The Roc's Lair 14

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More
Feb 24, 2015
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Should the FAA Bar ODA Expansion? 2

Do you agree with the transportation unions that the FAA should prohibit expansion of the ODA program until oversight guarantees are proven?...More
Feb 23, 2015
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AAR To Sell Cargo Group to TransDigm for $725 Million

MRO and airlift/mobility become focal points at AAR as it plans to tell its cargo division....More

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