TAM suspends operations as it misses latest deadline for civil certification 2


This time, there was no last-minute reprieve for Bolivia’s Transporte Aéreo Militar (TAM). The airline was forced to suspend operations on 31 July when the latest deadline for it to receive civil certification passed. Just two days ago, the airline had announced that it was “concluding its first cycle of operations” as a military airline and “beginning the process of transition” to a civil airline, as its certification was “in its final stage”. On 1 August, however, the Minister of Defense stated that “sadly the procedures for certification have not been completed” and that accordingly TAM would cease flying. The Minister held out hope that the airline could resume flying if certification is achieved in the next few months. In addition to certification problems, TAM also faces a large unpaid tax bill, which the national tax authority bluntly reminded them of two days ago. The airline has been operating with a limited fleet consisting of BAe 146-200 FAB-106 (msn E2048) and a Boeing 737-300 and Fokker F27. As a civil airline, however, it was planning to use two Avro RJ70s: FAB-107 (msn E1252), which has been at Cochabamba since last August, and FAB-108 (msn E1230), which stopped at Southend in January while en route to Bolivia and has been parked there since.

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2 thoughts on “TAM suspends operations as it misses latest deadline for civil certification

  • MERV CROWE

    Sad to see this happen, we were in Bolivia 4 years ago and photographed the 146s and the 727, hopefully they will be allowed back to operate. They operate on non profit making sectors and therefore a vital link in this beautiful, high mountain country.

    • Clément

      “They operate on non profit making sectors and therefore a vital link” This is the oficial version, but in reality they operate the same routes of the competency. Maybe it was true 5 years ago but now NO. With 733 732 or BAe they can’t operate on small runway. The reginal fleet is stored years ago for maintenance problems, and now, why all tax they have to paid and economical problems, they only do profitable flights.
      This “airline” must to close
      Sorry for my bad english i’m from bolivia