Avro RJ70 FAB-108 (msn E1230 ex VT-MDM) is being ferried to Bolivia to join Transporte Aéreo Militar (TAM) in its new, civil version. She had been parked at Delhi since October 2009, when her former operator, MDLR Airlines, ceased operations. After receiving maintenance, she departed Delhi on 14 January, routing via Abu Dhabi, Van (Turkey), and Preveza (Greece), reaching Southend on 19 January. She still wears MDLR colors, with the Bolivian military registration. She is due to continue on to Bolivia shortly, joining FAB-107 (msn E1252 ex VT-MDN/T7-KMA), who was ferried to Bolivia last August. TAM will use the two RJ70s to obtain certification from civil aviation authorities as TAM-Empresa Pública. The airline recently had a near-death experience, having failed to obtain civil certification by an end-of-the-year deadline. At the last minute, a presidential decree extended the deadline to 31 July 2018.
Recent news items on TAM:
- TAM suspends operations as it misses latest deadline for civil certification (2018-08-01)
- TAM resumes services (2018-05-10)
- TAM temporarily suspends services (2018-05-05)
- TAM granted more time to achieve civil certification (2017-12-28)
- TAM faces suspension of operations as civil certification lags (2017-12-22)