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TAME or TAME EP Linea Aerea del Ecuador was an airline founded in Ecuador in 1962. TAME (pronounced "tah-meh") was the flag carrier and the largest airline of Ecuador. TAME headquarters were in Quito, Pichincha Province and the main hub was Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito. The airline was formed by the Air Force of Ecuador. In 2011, it became a commercial entity and provided domestic, international and charter flights. On May 20, 2020, the Ecuador government decided to cease all the operations and liquidate the airline.[1]

IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedDecember 17, 1962
Ceased operationsMay 19, 2020
HubsMariscal Sucre International Airport
Focus citiesJosé Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport
Frequent-flyer programTAME Millas
SubsidiariesTAME Amazonia
Fleet size7
Parent companyEcuadorian Government
HeadquartersQuito, Ecuador
Key peopleFernando Guerrero (CEO)


TAME Douglas DC-6B at Miami in 1972
TAME Douglas DC-6B at Miami in 1972
TAME Airbus A320 with old livery at Quito in 2010
TAME Airbus A320 with old livery at Quito in 2010

The military airline was founded on December 17, 1962, by Luis A. Ortega under Guillermo Freile Posso, both colonels. It was named Transportes Aéreos Militares Ecuatorianos (TAME). At the time, the Air Force required an income source; governmental transport services to remote and difficult to reach parts of Ecuador; and an entity to train pilots. The airline gradually increased in size infrastructure and number of services.

On December 4, 1962, Luis A. Ortega, Hector Granja, Eduardo Sandoval, Alfredo Barreiro, Oswaldo Lara, Julio Espinosa, Teodoro Malo and Jose Montesinos made inaugural flights in the Douglas C-47. The pilots held the rank of major and noncommissioned officers worked as flight attendants. The first commercial flight was made by Teodoro Malo on a route from Quito, Esmeraldas, Bahía, Manta, Guayaquil, Cuenca and back to Quito. Initially, TAME made domestic flights using C-47 planes. Gradually, over the next two years, DC-3 and DC-6 planes were added and then in 1970, two HS-748 Avro were acquired.

On April 30, 1966, TAME began regular international flights to Havana, Panama and Santiago de Chile.

As its business grew, TAME purchased four Lockheed L-188 Electras from Ecuatoriana de Aviación. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, TAME added three Boeing 727-100s. During the mid-1980s and up until 1992, Tame purchased four Boeing 727-200s. In 1986, three Fokker F28 Fellowship 4000s were added. In December 1998, TAME rented a Boeing 757-200.

In 2000, TAME began a long process of fleet renewal beginning with the renting of two Airbus A320s. These planes were delivered at the European Corporation Assemble factory, Toulouse and were renewed in 2008. Also in 2000, the Boeing 727s were retired. TAME found the Embraer 170/190s suited the airline's needs. Over the next two years, two models of the 170 series and one of the 190 series were obtained. On August 25, 2008, one Airbus A319 was obtained and soon after the two Airbus A320s were replaced, completing the fleet renewal.

In 2011, Tame changed its legal status to a state owned company, no longer under the administration of the Ecuadorian Air Force.

In 2013, TAME incorporated its first and only Airbus A330-200, formerly of Dubai’s Emirates, to cover flights to New York City. In addition, 3 Quest Kodiaks were incorporated for its subsidiary TAME Amazonía for the routes in the country's Amazon.

On May 19, 2020, Ecuador government decided to liquidate the airline and ceased all operations. The airline, which had been struggling for several years, claimed that its difficulties were compounded by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

TAME logo, 1962 to 2009
TAME logo, 1962 to 2009

TAME's colours were blue, light blue, and gold as a decorative element. The original logo, designed by Luis A. Ortega symbolized the flight of a bird with a sun in the background. In 2009, the airline was rebranded with a new logo and colour palette.[2]


TAME's hub was in Quito at Mariscal Sucre International Airport. TAME flew internationally to Cali in Colombia and Fort Lauderdale, New York in the United States. The main destinations in Ecuador were Guayaquil, Cuenca, Manta and Esmeraldas.


In December 1992, the governments of Ecuador and Colombia signed the "Frontier Integration Agreement" establishing a Quito, Esmeraldas (Tachina), Cali, Esmeraldas (Tachina), Quito route. In 1995, TAME offered flights from Quito to Bogotá for Air France passengers. In 1997, TAME extended its international schedule through an agreement with EVA Air of Taiwan. On December 1, 2010, a codeshare agreement was made with Copa Airlines.[3][4]


Final fleet

A TAME A319 at Bogotá in 2010, with the new design and logo
A TAME A319 at Bogotá in 2010, with the new design and logo

As of May 2020, the TAME fleet comprised the following aircraft:[5][6][7]

TAME fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A319-100 1 12 150 162
Airbus A320-200 1 12 150 162
ATR 42-500 3 50 50
Embraer 190AR 2 104 104
Total 7

Historical fleet

Since its foundation, the airline's fleet has grown with the following aircraft:[8][7]

TAME historical fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A330-200 1 2013 2019 Former Emirates aircraft
Beechcraft 200 1 1980 1980
Boeing 727-100 3 1984 2006 One crashed as Flight 120
Boeing 727-200 6 1990 2008 One crashed as Flight 422
Boeing 737-200 1 1981 1983 Crashed as HC-BIG
Boeing 757-200 1 1999 1999 Leased from TAESA
de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo 2 1976 1990
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 6 1975 2011
Douglas C-47 Skytrain 11 1968 1982
Douglas DC-3 1 1969 Un­known
Douglas DC-6B 4 1963 1974
Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia 2 2007 2016 Leased from SAEREO
Embraer 170LR 2 2006 2015
Fokker F-28 Mk 4000 3 1985 2009
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 5 1970 2009
Lockheed L-188 Electra 6 1974 1989
Quest Kodiak 100 3 2013 2020 Leased from Air Amazonia
Operated by TAME Amazonía

1969 hijacking

On September 6, 1969 twelve men and one woman, armed with machine guns, hijacked two TAME Douglas C-47s at Mariscal Sucre Airport. The hijackers shot and killed one crewman and wounded another. The hijackers told the passengers that the hijacking was in retaliation for the deaths of several students during anti-government rioting at the University of Guayaquil in May 1969. Both aircraft flew to Tumaco, Colombia for refueling. One aircraft was left behind as the hijackers continued on to Panama's Tocumen International Airport. After a thirty-minute refueling stop, the aircraft continued to Kingston, Jamaica. After a 71-minute refueling stop, the plane left Kingston at 9 p.m., finally landing in Cuba.[9][10]

Accidents and incidents

See also


  1. Martínez Garbuno, Daniel (May 19, 2020). "Ecuador Puts TAME In Liquidation – How Did It Happen?". Simple Flying.
  2. Roll out: TAME Nuevo avion Nueva imagen Accessed September 3, 2009.
  3. TAME enters the Panamanian market El Universo company website. November 10, 2010. Accessed December 22, 2010. (In Spanish)
  4. TAME enters the Panamanian market El Universo company website. November 10, 2010. Accessed December 22, 2010 (in English)
  5. "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 13.
  6. Airfleets|Accessed August 2018
  7. "TAME Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
  8. "TAME fleet". aerobernie.bplaced.net. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  9. Hijacking description Aviation Safety Network. Accessed February 14, 2011.
  10. Hijacking description Aviation Safety Network. Accessed February 14, 2011.

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На других языках

[de] TAME (Fluggesellschaft)

TAME – Línea Aérea del Ecuador war eine ecuadorianische Fluggesellschaft mit Sitz in Quito und Basis auf dem Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre.
- [en] TAME

[es] TAME

TAME o TAME EP Linea Aérea del Ecuador (estilizada como tame), fue una aerolínea con bandera ecuatoriana, con base en Quito, Ecuador. Fue fundada el 17 de diciembre de 1962, bajo el nombre de Transportes Aéreos Militares Ecuatorianos. El 19 de mayo de 2020, debido al impacto en la aviación de la pandemia de enfermedad por coronavirus de 2019-2020, la compañía, que ya venía atravesando dificultades financieras, fue declarada en proceso de liquidación por el presidente Lenín Moreno.[1][2]

[fr] TAME

TAME Línea Aérea del Ecuador, (code AITA : EQ ; code OACI : TAE) est la compagnie aérienne nationale de l'Équateur. En 2006, elle assure des vols vers 14 destinations nationales et 4 internationales et transporte environ 3 000 passagers par jour. Le 19 mai 2020, le gouvernement équatorien annonce qu'elle va être mise en liquidation, mesure envisagée avant la crise liée au Covid-19, avec des pertes cumulées de plus de 400 millions de dollars sur cinq ans, mais précipitée par celle-ci[1].

[it] TAME

Transportes Aéreos Militares Ecuatorianos (TAME) era la compagnia aerea di bandiera dell'Ecuador ed era interamente di proprietà del governo del paese. Il vettore aveva sede a Quito mentre il suo hub principale era l'Aeroporto Internazionale Mariscal Sucre.

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