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TAME Airlines is an Ecuadorian airline, which has its hub in Quito at Mariscal Sucre International Airport.
TAME flies to many destinations including Baltra, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Cali, Caracas, Coca, Cuenca, Esmeraldas, Fort Lauderdale, Guayaqil, Havana, Latacunga, Lima, Loja, Macas, Machala, Manaus, Manta, Mexico City, New York City, Tena, Tulcan, Sao Paulo and many others.
TAME was founded as Transportes Aereos Militares Ecuatorianos (TAME) and focus cities are Guayaquil, Cuenca, Manta and Esmeraldas.
TAME's fleet consists of Airbus A319s. Airbus A320s, Airbus A330s, ATR 42-500s and Embraers.
TAME has a codeshare agreement with Copa Airlines. TAME's airline partners include Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Copa Airlines, Alitalia, Delta Airlines, KLM, Emirates and many others.
TAME operates international flights from Quito to Fort Lauderdale, Lima, La Habana, Bogota, Cali and New York.
On Domestic flights, from Galapagos, TAME operates flights to Quito - Baltra, Quito - San Cristobal, Guayaquil - Baltra and Guayaquiil to San Cristobal. From Guaqyaquil to Latacunga, from Guayaquil to Loja and Esmderaldas and Cuenca.
Frequent Flyer Program
TAME operates a frequent flyer program called TAME Millas, whereby frequent flyers with TAME are rewarded.
TAME operates a checked baggage allowance of 2 pieces of 23 kg maximum on routes between United States and South America, between South America and between Ecuador and the Caribbean.
The maximum dimensions for this baggage is 158 centimeters or 62 inches.
Passengers with TAME are allowed hand luggage allowance of 1 piece of 8kg of 55cm high, 35cm wide and 25cm depth and 1 personal item such as notebook, camera or baby book.
30th January 2018
Ecuador's Aviation market shinks but TAME stay on top
Ecuador, home to just under 16.39 million inhabitants, is South America’s sixth largest aviation market with regards to seat capacity, offering 13.52 million seats in 2017, behind Peru in fifth (39.16 million seats last year) but ahead of Venezuela in seventh (11.08 million). The nation is served by nine airports which offered over 50,000 departing seats in 2017, with the leading destination for capacity being Quito (3.10 million departing seats in 2017), followed by Guayaquil (2.66 million) and Baltra Island situated in the Galápagos Islands (0.30 million). Quito and Guayaquil are both by far the most dominant hubs in the country, with the two combined providing 85% of seats from the nation last year, up from 84% in 2016.
Despite this, there was a significant drop in the market of 9.8% in 2017 compared to the previous year. Despite this, TAME remains Ecuador's leading airline. This comes at a surprise as it cut its annual departing capacity by 25%. LATAM airlines is closing in, but for now TAME keeps the top spot.
6th September 2017
TAME shrinking in Ecuador as government looks for investors; 15 aircraft serve New York, Florida, Colombia, Peru and the Galapagos Islands
On 1 March 2017, tame adjusted its US schedule once more by shifting its daily New York JFK service from Guayaquil back to Quito, the airline’s main hub. The route is operated by the only wide-body aircraft in the airline’s fleet, an A330-200. Apart from New York, tame also serves Fort Lauderdale in the US, as well as other international destinations such as Bogota, Cali, Caracas and Lima in South America.
Nestled on the western coast of South America between Colombia (to the north) and Peru (to the south and east), Ecuador suffered a major earthquake in April 2016 which significantly impacted demand for air travel. According to OAG data, tame, the country’s flag carrier, which had already been cutting capacity before the earthquake, has reduced year-on-year capacity by around 20% for the last year. In the second half of 2017, the year-on-year reduction will be between 10% and 15%. Incidentally, the Ecuadorian capital will be the host for Routes Americas 2018, between 13-15 February next year.
The airline currently operates a fleet of 15 aircraft; one A330-200, four A320s, three A319s, three E190s and three ATR 42s. The government is currently seeking an investor for the airline, partly as a means to raise money to help with the cost of rebuilding infrastructure after last year’s earthquake.
TAME has various ongoing interline agreements with companies such as EVA Air and Air France. In 1995 TAME started offering flights from Quito to Bogota for Air France passengers. Two years later a similar agreement was reached with EVA Air from Taiwan. In 2010 a codeshare agreement was made between Copa Airlines and TAME.
With the addition of Fort Lauderdale, TAME now flies to six international destinations. The other five are Lima, Bogota, Cali, New York, and Havanna.
For TAME pilots, their operation is a satisfying job that requires years of studying and preparation. This training responsibility is taken by a team of fully prepared professionals including commanders, instructors and first officials. Both in air and land, operating the gear require discipline, experience and leadership. Mechanical, climatological and operational conditions are the least of a pilots concerns, as the most important is to do whatever it takes to get the passenger to their destination on the most satisfactory way. In March 2016, Tame commenced two new routes from Guayaquil (GYE) this week. Both starting on 18 March, the carrier launched connections from Ecuador’s largest city to Lima and New York . The 1,138- and 4,794-kilometre sectors will both be operated daily with each facing direct competition. Lima services will go head-to-head with Avianca and LAN Airlines (six times weekly), with tame using its E190 fleet on the sector. JFK operations will also see LAN Airlines (daily) as an incumbent carrier, with tame operating the city pair with its A330-200s. With the launch of these latest two routes, it now means that tame operates to three international destinations from Guayaquil, with Lima in Peru and JFK joining the carrier’s current Fort Lauderdale services.
17th February 2017
Tame Airlines will adjust their international operations.
Lima and New York JFK service will move to Quite to Guayaquil. This will take place from the 18th March 2017. With the launch of these latest two routes, it now means that tame operates to three international destinations from Guayaquil, with Lima in Peru and JFK joining the carrier’s current Fort Lauderdale (Florida) services.
14th December 2016
Tame Airlines will soon have will soon have a regular air cargo service
Tame Airlines will soon have will soon have a regular air cargo service to the Galapagos Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean 926 kilometres west of Ecuador. From 19th December 2016, a B737-400(F) with twenty-tonne capacity will service the remote islands, following approval by the Governing Council of Galapagos.
In March 2016, TAME added two international connections from Guayaquil. Both started on 18 March, the carrier launched connections from Ecuador’s largest city to Lima (LIM) and New York (JFK). The 1,138- and 4,794-kilometre sectors will both be operated daily with each facing direct competition. Lima services will go head-to-head with Avianca (daily) and LAN Airlines (six times weekly), with tame using its E190 fleet on the sector.
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Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Mariscal Sucre International Airport is the main airport in Ecuador and is one of the busiest airports in South America. Mariscal Sucre International Airport is the main hub for TAME, the flag carrier of Ecuador as well as the LAN Ecuador and Avianca Ecuador. Mariscal Sucre International Airport has one runaway. Other airlines which fly to and from Mariscal Sucre International Airport include Aeromexico, Aerolineas Argentinas, American Airlines, Iberia, Insel Air Aruba, KLM, LAN Airlines, LAN Ecuador, TAME, United Airlines and Viva Colombia.
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National flag carrier and largest airline of Ecuador, state-owned TAME was founded in 1962 as Transportes Aéreos Militares Ecuatorianos.
The company has expanded over its 50+ years and in 2015 now operates a fleet of 17 modern aircraft to a range of domestic, regional and intercontinental destinations, including New York and Fort Lauderdale in the US.
TAME is has its headquarters in the capital city of Ecuador, Quito and its main operational hub at theinternational airport, Mariscal Sucre International Airport with a secondary base at Guayaquil.
Ecuador is growing rapidly as a centre of Latin American toursim with a 14% increase in visitors in 2014 over 2013. Improving infrastructure is playing a large role in the tourism boom to Ecuador and over the last eight years, the country has invested heavily in roads, opening up new swathes of the country and cutting journey times.
TAME is becoming increasinlgy recognised as one of the best ways to get to Ecuador from the US or to combine visits to both Ecuador and Colombia with punctual air travel between the two countries.
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