Bolivia’s Transporte Aéreo Militar (TAM) may be forced to suspend operations at the end of the year, when the latest extension of its deadline to convert to a civil airline runs out. The airline has been seeking to be certified as a civil airline, to be known as TAM Empresa Pública, for some time, and has obtained Avro RJ70 FAB-107 (msn E1252) for the purpose. The Minister of Public Works, Milton Claros, recently stated that TAM had reached the fourth and final phase of civil certification, but did not indicate when the process would be completed. It emerged during the airline’s public presentation of its accounts that several of its bank accounts had been frozen for several months by the Minister of Finance, which has impeded its efforts to attain certification. TAM has been operating from military terminals since the end of 2016. Although it has several BAe 146s in its fleet, only FAB-106 (msn E2048) is thought to to be currently operational.
Update 24 Dec: FAB-106 was confirmed as being operational as of August.
Recent news items on TAM:
- TAM granted more time to achieve civil certification (2017-12-28)
- Avro RJ70 for TAM reaches Cochabamba (2017-08-14)
- TAM-Empresa Pública confirms Avro RJ70 acquisition (2017-06-30)
- TAM-Public Entreprise to operate Avro RJ70s? (2017-05-29)
- Deadline for TAM to convert to civil status extended (again) (2017-02-11)