TAME Airlines To Be Liquidated

The Ecuadorian Government has decided to liquidate TAME.



(TAME’s one A330 was recently removed from the fleet after ending flights to New York)


TAME, owned by the Ecuadorian Government with bases in Quito and Guayaquil, will soon liquidate.

Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, has decided to shut down the airline as part of cost saving measures for the government. TAME has lost over $400 million in the past 5 years.

According to the government, liquidating TAME has been planned for some time but COVID-19 accelerated these plans.

Here’s the confusing part - TAME will “preserve the routes that connect places that do not have private alternatives”, making it sound like the airline will continue operating? This might be a translation error.

TAME currently has a fleet of 5 aircraft: 3 ATR 42-500s, 1 Airbus A319 and 1 Airbus A320.

TAME operates flights across Ecuador and to international destinations like Fort Lauderdale in the U.S. and Cali in Colombia.

Sources/Image

Sources:
http://a21.com.mx/aerolineas/2020/05/19/tame-ecuador-entra-en-liquidacion
https://www.france24.com/en/20200519-ecuador-to-close-embassies-state-firms-over-virus-crisis
https://www.nlarenas.com/2020/05/presidente-ecuador-tame-ep-entrara-liquidacion/
https://aerolatinnews.com/destacado/aerolinea-tame-entrara-en-liquidacion-anuncio-lenin-moreno/

Image: https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/8350425

So… until we get more clarification, is this airline over? When airlines “liquidate”, they cease operations, but the sources are saying they’ll maintain some routes that aren’t served by others.

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More and more sad news 😔

No wonder; I’ve never even heard about this airline.

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Same, I thought the title was misspelled and it was supposed to say “TAM” but then I thought well TAM already merged with LAN…

Either way, still sad to see another airline go under :(

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This really sucks, but I think I saw it coming

Non-stop news of airlines going bankrupt. This is such a hard time to go through. At least they will be preserving the routes to perhaps continue flights again sometime in the future, when COVID ends. Soon they will be tamed again and operate these amazing routes, but for now, they are doing a good strategy and preserving airline resources instead of continuing operations and making the situation worse.

Thanks for the news @Ishrion!

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Ok this actually hits home to me. I’ve never flown them but since they’re from my country it’s pretty significant.


Around the 2010s the airline really prospered. They had tons of A320s and A319s and even had e170s and e190s. They flew down to Lima and Bogota internationally and even São Paulo. But obviously as there was more competition from better airlines such as Avianca and LATAM, the demand to fly TAME has surely fallen. And I guess some of this has to do with how the airline is run and it’s amenities. Till around 2017-18, the airline had a unique route from Quito to JFK using an old Emirates A332. Here’s the catch, the seats were not retrofitted and the service was just mediocre. Had a few family members fly on it and they recounted the frequent delays because of maintenance or stuff like that. Back in Ecuador, they were down to just 1 A320 and 1 A319 and like 2 E190s for mainline domestic routes such as UIO-GYE, UIO-CUE and had ATRs for their Smaller networks.
So then they couldn’t afford to keep the planes and so most of them were returned to lessors (though one particular 320 was retired due to completing its life cycles). Sorry but I saw this coming, an airline with subpar service and delays and cancellations just didn’t satisfy the public.


Here’s a fun fact, the airline ran a unique flight to Cali from Quito. Routing was UIO-ESM-CLO on e190s and sometimes a 319.

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