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.

Fastjet To Add First Owned Aircraft 

Fastjet’s long-touted fleet-expansion plans are slowly materializing, with the LCC signing a letter of intent (LOI) to purchase an Airbus A319.

The 144-seat secondhand A319 will be the LCC’s first owned aircraft, and will be used to support the launch of Fastjet Zambia. The aircraft is due to join Fastjet’s fleet in September, providing the LOI is converted to a purchase contract.

KLM Switches Part Of its 787-9 Order For -10s 
The Dutch airline is now expected to take delivery of six 787-10s from 2020, but the overall number of 787s on order has not changed, a spokeswoman confirmed.
Norwegian Signs For An Additional Two 787-9s 
The carrier said it signed an agreement with Boeing for the additional aircraft, but Norwegian is holding off an purchasing 20 more 787s until U.S. regulators approve its Irish subsidiary’s foreign air carrier permit.
French Domestic Traffic Falls, But Fares Rise 
Moreover, foreign carriers are growing markedly faster than French operators, even on domestic routes—a trend already apparent last year, according to data from the French Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC).
Sabena Aerospace Establishing Line Maintenance In Africa 
Finding new life, Sabena technics, now Sabena Aerospace, is expanding with a joint venture to provide EASA-compliant MRO services in Africa.
Schiphol CEO: We Can’t Help KLM Solve Its Problems 
“That KLM would disappear is unthinkable. Because without the airline there is no future for Schiphol, it is as simple as that,” Schiphol Group CEO Jos Nijhuis said.
Weak June Traffic Growth Could Signal Start Of Worldwide Slowdown  2
If Chinese economic expansion slows down, it will only add to the general slide in growth of international air passenger traffic.
IAG Take-Over of Aer Lingus Set for Completion 

Aer Lingus shares are to be de-listed, and control and ownership of the Irish flag carrier is moving to International Airlines Group (IAG) after Ryanair’s formal acceptance of the IAG offer.

Ryanair’s board voted unanimously to sell its near-30% shareholding in Aer Lingus on July 10; however, the LCC refrained from accepting the IAG offer at the Aer Lingus last month.  It also deliberately missed the July 30 deadline for Aer Lingus shareholders to accept the offer.

Feeble June Traffic Growth Could Signal Start Of Demand Weakness 

Economic weakness in certain parts of Asia is starting to affect travel demand, with both economy and premium markets recording a slowdown of their growth rates, International Air Transport Association (IATA) data show.

Finnair Reports Another Loss 

Finnair Group improved second-quarter financial results as the effects of its cost-cutting program set in, but it still remained in the red.

“While we cannot be satisfied with our loss-making result, our financial position and liquidity are very strong,” Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo said on Friday.

Turkish Airlines To Continue Steep Growth Path 

Turkish Airlines says it has no intention to slow capacity growth and is planning to increase available seat-kilometers (ASKs) by 15% this year compared with 2014.

The carrier said it is not changing its capacity guidance for this year. 

Overhaul Of Ryanair’s Business Model Is Pending  1
Ryanair reconfirms interest in feeding long-haul flights.
Turkish Airlines And LOT Considering Joint Venture 
The carriers did not provide details of the proposed strategic partnership and said the “final model of cooperation has not been decided yet, however both airlines agreed to proceed toward future joint-venture cooperation.”
Ryanair Re-Confirms Interest In Feeding Long-Haul Flights  1
A first venture could start as early as fall 2015, with Ryanair providing short-haul passengers for Aer Lingus transatlantic flights.
Finnair Extends Full Ownership of Its Regional Subsidiary 
The delay is due to the need for “the parties to assess even more thoroughly the alternative traffic models of regional flying in a constantly developing operating environment,” Finnair said, while emphasizing that talks with the potential new investors are continuing.

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