Bolivia’s Transporte Aéreo Militar (TAM) has been granted additional time to achieve civil certification. The airline had been planning to suspend operations at the end of the year, when its current deadline expired. On 27 December, however, a presidential decree extended the deadline to 31 July 2018. TAM’s General Manager, General Julio César Villarroel Camacho indicated that the delays in certification had been outside the airline’s control. He stated that Avro RJ70 FAB-107 (msn E1252) is currently undergoing a C Check at its Cochabamba workshop. The airline expects to receive its second RJ70, VT-MDM (msn E1230), in mid-January. Like FAB-107, she was formerly operated by India’s MDLR Airways. The two RJ70s will be used by the new civil version of the airline, TAM Empresa Pública. In the meantime, TAM continues to operate with its present fleet, which is believed to include one operational BAe 146-200, FAB-106 (msn E2048).
Recent news items on TAM:
- TAM faces suspension of operations as civil certification lags (2017-12-22)
- 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)