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.

Early Boeing 787 Operators Apply Fixes To Improve Reliability 
A typical Boeing 787 user is LAN Airlines of Chile, which experienced early service issues but is now using the twin jet on a wide range of routes and enjoying improved dispatch reliability.
Boeing 787’s Operating Economics Enable Long-Haul Low-Cost Carriers 
Air Canada recently told investors that when it switched from the 767 to the 787-8 between Toronto and Tel Aviv, the airline was able to carry 31% more passengers while using 3% less fuel.
South African Airways (SAA) Names New CEO, Loses Key Execs 
SAA named Musa Zwane, the head of its wholly-owned maintenance subsidiary unit South African Airways Technical (SAAT) as acting chief executive to replace Thuli Mpshe.
ASKY Airlines Considers 737-800s, Revives Long-Haul Plans 
Lomé, Togo-based ASKY Airlines is considering launching its first long-haul routes next summer, and the carrier’s CEO said its strategic partner and shareholder, Ethiopian Airlines, will participate in choosing aircraft to fly the routes.
SkyTeam Confirms Delta Exec As New CEO 
SkyTeam’s governing board has formalized the appointment of Perry Cantarutti as the alliance’s new CEO, taking over from Michael Wisbrun, who will become chairman.
EgyptAir A330-200 in skies
EgyptAir Aims To Regain Lost Market  2
EgyptAir is finalizing a turnaround and expansion plan that will lead to the carrier placing an order for new-generation single-aisle and widebody aircraft next year, its new CEO said.
EC Clears HNA Group’s Purchase Of Swissport 
The European Commission (EC) has approved China’s HNA Group’s proposed acquisition of ground- and cargo-handling firm Swissport.
Kenya Airways Will Cut Boeing Fleet To Reach Profitability 
The Kenyan flag carrier’s traffic suffered from a series of attacks by Islamist militants in the East African nation and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, but it was also damaged by an overambitious expansion plan.
Kenya Airways Nears 777-300ER Sublease Deal 
Kenya Airways has not yet managed to sell its Boeing 777-200ERs, but CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said the carrier is close to finalizing a deal to dispose of its three Boeing 777-300ERs.
TAP Orders A330neos and A320neos, Drops A350 Order 
TAP Portugal is buying 39 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft, and has swapped its 12 Airbus A350-900 orders for 14 A330-900neos.
Norwegian Gets U.K. AOC And Operating License 
The U.K. civil aviation authority (CAA) has issued a full air operator’s certificate (AOC) and operating license to Norwegian Air Shuttle’s subsidiary, Norwegian Air U.K.
Finnair Concludes Negotiations On Norra Ownership 

The FAA has certified software upgrade and optional hardware changes for Honeywell’s SmartPath ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) that will allow equipped airlines and airports to roll out more precision approaches and land in lower weather conditions starting this quarter.

Ryanair Maintains High Growth Rate, Steps Up Winter Capacity 
Ryanair has managed to sustain its strong traffic performance, recorded in summer through October, with 15% growth in passenger numbers and an improvement of 5 percentage points in seat load factor.
EC Expected To Rule On Estonian Air 
Estonian Air is most likely to follow the fate of former Hungarian flag carrier Malev and enter bankruptcy if the European Commission (EC) orders the Tallinn Airport-based airline to repay various forms of state aid it got from the Estonian state.
IAG Earmarks Two New A330s For Aer Lingus 
International Airlines Group (IAG) is ordering two Airbus A330-300s to expand Aer Lingus’s fleet, and the new aircraft will be delivered next year, thanks to options IAG secured last year.

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