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
Aigle Azur Gains China Route Through Codeshare 

Aigle Azur finalized a codeshare agreement with Hainan Airlines and will start selling the Chinese airline’s thrice-weekly services between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Xi’an Xianyang International airport via Hangzhou Xiaoshan.  The route is operated with an Airbus A330-300 configured with 16 business-class seats and 235 economy seats. Aigle Azur in 2012 revealed it would launch a scheduled Paris–Beijing route, cemented by the acquisition of a 48% stake by HNA Group.

Norwegian Expands Long-Haul Schedule; Prepares To Move 787s To Norwegian Registry 
Norwegian Air Shuttle is in talks with Norway’s civil aviation authorities to transfer its eight Boeing 787-8s from its Irish registry to its Norwegian registry, due to the delay in obtaining a foreign air carrier permit from the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) for its Ireland-based subsidiary, Norwegian Air International (NAI).
IACA Says State Policy, Not Gulf Carriers, Are European Airlines’ Biggest Threat 
The competitiveness challenge faced by the European airlines has its roots “in inadequate, discriminatory and poorly implemented European policies,” argues the Brussels-based association representing 29 airlines that carry some 100 million passengers annually.
Germany’s ANSP Calls For Discussion On Taking Control Of An Aircraft From The Ground 
The March 24 crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into the French Alps, thought to be deliberately caused by the first officer, “might cause us to reconsider systems which would allow the control of aircraft to be taken over by personnel on the ground in emergency situations,” according to DFS CEO Klaus-Dieter Scheurle.
TAP Pilots Set to Strike For 10 Days In May 
Members of the Portuguese Civil Aviation Pilots’ Union (SPAC) will go on strike between May 1-10, grounding most scheduled flights, ahead of the May 15 deadline for interested parties to submit their bids for TAP Group’s part-privatization.
Dutch Government Grants Approval For Lelystad Airport Development 

Schiphol Group received offical authorization from the Dutch government to start developing Lelystad airport.The airport will be allowed to accommodate up to 45,000 aircraft movements annually and should be operational in 2018. Lelystad will handle LCCs and charter airlines. Schiphol believes the development of Lelystad as a twin gateway to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) is imperative to support the growth of AMS as a major international transfer hub.

France To Abolish Transfer Tax 
The civil-aviation tax on transfer passengers was halved on April 1, and will be totally abolished on Jan. 1, 2016.
Switzerland’s Aviation Regulator Approves Etihad Airways’ Shareholding in Darwin Airline 
With the new business model, “Darwin is not dependent to the same extent on Etihad as initially planned,” Swiss regulators say.
Austrian Airlines CEO Jaan Albrecht Moves To SunExpress 
The move by Albrecht, whose contract was due to expire in October, comes at a critical time for the Austrian carrier, which on April 1 is folding Tyrolean’s entire flight operation back into Austrian Airlines.
Finnair Assumes Ownership Of Flybe Nordic As Talks With Outside Investors Lag 
Finland’s flag carrier emphasizes that its full ownership and control of Flybe Nordic is on “an interim basis,” and that discussions on the planned purchase of 60% of Flybe Nordic’s shareholding by StaffPoint Holding and G.W. Sohlberg are continuing.
The BEA To Analyze ‘Systemic Weaknesses’ Behind Germanwings Crash 
This probe will also include which criteria and procedures airlines should be applied to detect “specific psychological profiles” of flight crew, it confirmed.
Aegean Airlines Boasts Strong Performance, Steps Up Unit-Cost Reduction 
The Athens-based Star Alliance member asserts that distribution costs, ground handling and aircraft maintenance still offer scope for additional savings, mainly through economies of scale arising from its merger with Olympic Air.
KLM Cityhopper Moves To Single Embraer E-Jet Fleet 
“The new fleet will contribute even more [toward] optimal operations, serving the seven million passengers who fly with KLM Cityhopper each year,” KLM Cityhopper Managing Director Boet Kreiken said.
TAP Portugal Sinks Into Loss Ahead Of Its Privatization 
Operationally, the airline performed well last year, increasing passenger numbers by 6.6% to a record 11.4 million, outpacing the average 4.5% growth recorded by members of the Association of European Airlines.
EasyJet Upgrades First-Half Outlook, Could Post A Profit 
EasyJet traditionally makes a loss in the seasonably weak six months through March, but on March 26 the company upgraded its forecasts and said it now expects its pre-tax result for the first half ending March 31 to be between a loss of £5 million ($7.4 million) and a profit of £10 million.
 
Blogs
Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 1

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More

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