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Name: TAROM
7JetSet7 Code: TRM
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: BUCHAREST
Country: ROMANIA
Employees 2346
Web: tarom.ro
Email: secrgen@tarom.ro
Telephone: +40 21 201 4700
Fax: +40 21 201 4761
Sita: OTPODRO
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Click below for data links:
TRM-2004-04-A318 PLANS
TRM-2007-12-INCDT
TRM-2007-STATS
TRM-2013-09 - BAD WEEK
TRM-2014-05-60 YEARS 737-781 RETROJET
TRM-FLIGHT CREW CABIN ATTENDANTS-2014-06
TRM-LOGO

FORMED IN 1945 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1946. ROMANIAN STATE AIRLINE. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER AND CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
CALEA BUCURESTILOR NO 224F
OTOPENI, ROMANIA

Romania was established in 1859, covers an area of 237,500 sq km, its population is 23.3 million, and its capital city is Bucharest. The official language is Romanian.

APRIL 1966: TAROM (TRM) OPERATED ITS FIRST FLIGHT ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN.

AUGUST 1995: ACCDT: A TAROM (TRM) A310-300 CRASHED AFTER TAKE OFF FROM BUCHAREST AIRPORT = ALL 10 (FC) - (CA)/50 PASSENGER FATALITIES (ROMANIAN INVESTIGATION STATED HUMAN ERROR - CAPTAIN WAS ABSENT FROM FLIGHT DECK & EQUIPMENT FAILURE - ENGINE COMPUTER SYSTEM).

AUGUST 1995: ACCDT: (TRM) 707-320C LEASED TO AIR AFRIQUE (AFR), OVERRAN RUNWAY AT N'DIAMENA AIRPORT, CHAD, DAMAGE A TOTAL LOSS, WRITTEN OFF (W/O).

SEPTEMBER 1995: GEORGHE RACARU, DEPUTY DIRECTOR WENT WITH ROMANIAN PRESIDENT, ION ILLESCU TO VISIT PRESIDENT CLINTON & BOEING (TBC). REQUESTED GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR PURCHASE OF 737-700/-800'S.

TERMINATED DC-10-30, WET-LEASED FROM CHALLENGE AIR CARGO (CHA).

NOVEMBER 1995: 737-700/-800 FINAL CONFIGURATION REVIEW.

DECEMBER 1995: 3,345 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 940 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 1,366 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).

4 ORDERS 737-700'S, AND 4 ORDERS 737-800'S.

MAY 1996: FIRED NEW HEAD OF AIRLINE, GEORGHE RACARU AFTER ONE WEEK FOLLOWING WORKER DEMONSTRATIONS.

SEPTEMBER 1996: SWISSAIR (SWS) IS PROVIDING A320 TRAINING TO MECHANICS TO OFFER TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO AIRLINES TRANSITING BUCHAREST.

2 IL-62'S BROUGHT OUT OF STORAGE, FOR CHARTER SERVICES, AND AIRCRAFT SUBSTITUTIONS.

DECEMBER 1996: 1 ATR 42, LEASED (2ND IN FEBRUARY 1997).

JANUARY 1997: 30 MECHANICS LOANED TO (GAMCO) (GUL), ABU DHABI. CURRENTLY DOING "D" CHECK ON 707, FOR 2ND TIER OPERATOR.

APRIL 1997: 2ND ATR 42 LEASED, TO REPLACE AGING AN-24'S.

JULY 1997: AIR TRAVELERS ASSOCIATION GIVES REPORT CARD "F" RATING, TO TAROM (TRM), FOR SAFETY USING DATA FROM AIRCLAIMS UK.

DAN VULCAN, (CEO) & ENTIRE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FIRED BY GOVERNMENT. MARIAN SERBANESCU, PRESIDENT (EX-VP TECHNICAL).

THE TRANSPORT MINISTRY WANTS (TRM) TO QUICKLY SELL ITS AGING RUSSIAN AIRPLANES AND DOWNSIZE BY -1,200 EMPLOYEES. THE MEDIA SAYS THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT SUPPORT NEW 737'S & ATR'S UNLESS THESE DEMANDS ARE MET.

HAS 5 707'S CONTRACT MAINTENANCE FOR SUMMER, ON "D" CHECKS, CORROSION PREVENTION & CONTROL PROGRAM (CPCP) & AGING AIRPLANE MODIFICATIONS.

SEPTEMBER 1997: THE GOVERNMENT HAS NATIONALIZED TAROM AIRLINES (TRM) UNDER CONTROL OF THE TRANSPORT MINISTRY.

737-700 DELIVERY IN LATE 1999.

OCTOBER 1997: THE GOVERNMENT OK'S 70% OF TAROM AIRLINES (TRM) FOR SALE, WHILE RETAINING "GOLDEN SHARE" WITH VETO RIGHTS ON STRATEGIC DECISIONS. PUT UNDER TRANSPORT MINISTRY, STILL PLANS TO SLASH -20% OF 3,360 EMPLOYEES, BY THE END OF 1997. TRANSPORT MINISTRY DELAYS 1ST -600 TO -800 LAYOFFS UNTIL 1ST QUARTER 1998.

FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1996 = -$24 MILLION (NET LOSS), DUE TO SAGGING INTERNATIONAL SALES & POOR REPUTATION FOR MAINTENANCE & SAFETY. 1ST 6 MONTHS = -$12.8 MILLION.

9 ORDERS (NOVEMBER 1997) ATR 42-512'S TO REPLACE AN-24'S.

NOVEMBER 1997: DAN VULCAN, FORMER PRESIDENT OF TAROM (TRM) IS THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

2 ATR42-512 DELIVERIES (566 - DUNAREA). REMAINING 5 (TBD). SOLD 1 BAC 111, LOCALLY FABRICATED TO AIR LION, NEW (VIP) SERVICE AIRLINE, BASED IN DUBAI.

DECEMBER 1997: THE USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S RENEWAL OF ROUTE TO CHICAGO (ORD), VIA TIMISOARA (USA/ROMANIA ACCORD).

THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT APPOINTS CAPTAIN GEORGE RACARU, PRESIDENT. MARIAN SERBANESCU, HAS RESUMED THE POSITION OF VP TECHNICAL.

LOCAL MEDIA REPORTS THE LOSS OF MARCH 1998 DELIVERY SLOTS FOR 2 737-700'S. MAY LEASE SOME 737-300'S. 3RD ATR DELAYED UNTIL JANUARY 1998.

FEBRUARY 1998: 1 737-300 (27924), BOULLIOUN (BOU) 4 YEAR LEASED FROM APRIL 1998.

MARCH 1998: AUCTIONS SOVIET AIRPLANES: 2 TU-154'S: $425,000 & $335,000; 3 AN-24'S: $95,000 - $140,000; 1 IL-62: $150,000. SOLD 10 IN 1997. 3RD ATR DELIVERY IN POSSIBLY MAY 1998 OR JUNE 1998.

APRIL 1998: CODE SHARE WITH ALITALIA (ALI) TO ROME.

3,345 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 940 FLIGHT CREW (FC) AND 1,366 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

737-36Q, BOULLIOUN (BOU) LEASED

MAY 1998: LOCAL MEDIA SAYS ROMANIAN MINISTER OF TRANSPORT, SUPPORTS TAROM (TRM) ACQUIRING NEW 737NG AIRPLANES BY 2000. ALSO ACQUIRES ATR AIRPLANES FOR DOMESTIC ROUTES.

JUNE 1998: 2 ATR 42-512'S (PW127E) DELIVERIES.

OCTOBER 1998: 1997 = -$30 MILLION (-$24 MILLION). 1ST 5 MONTHS = 519 MILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC (-13.9%), 4.79 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-15.6%), 251,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+.1%).

+2 ATR 42-512'S DELIVERIES.

DECEMBER 1998: 6TH 737-300, BOULLIOUN (BOU) LEASED, EX-VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA). IL-18V (184007105) SOLD TO AIR GVG.

JANUARY 1999: THE GOVERNMENT BEGINS TO PRIVATIZE TAROM (TRM) BY THE END OF 1999.

FEBRUARY 1999: TO STANDARDIZE INTERIOR OF LATEST 737-300. POSSIBLE 3RD A310, FOR SPRING/SUMMER, EXPANDED ROUTES.

MARCH 1999: 4 ATR 42-500 TURBOPROPS DELIVERIES.

APRIL 1999: 3,345 EMPLOYEES. (http://www.tarom.digiro.net).

SOLD 2 BAC 111'S (255; 267) TO CHROME AIR.

MAY 1999: FLIES POPE BACK TO ROME IN 737-300, VIP CONFIGURATION.

2 ATR42 DELIVERIES.

JUNE 1999: PARIS AIR SHOW - 4 ORDERS 737-700'S & 4 ORDERS 737-800'S. 737-500 (24878), AER LINGUS (ARL) 2 YEAR LEASED.

AUGUST 1999: 5 YEAR, HEAVY MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO SR TECHNICS (SWS) FOR 2 A310-300'S (636; 644).

SEPTEMBER 1999: TAROM (TRM) ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE: CONTACT: MARIAN-PETRE SERBANESCU, VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE: HANGARS FOR 1 WIDE BODY, & 3 NARROW BODIES APLS; "A" - "D" CHECKS FOR 707'S & BAC 111'S, AND "A" - "C" CHECKS FOR 737'S, INCLUDING COMPOSITES REPAIRS, INTERIORS, INCLUDING (VIP), STRIP/PAINT, SHEET METAL WORK, AND CORROSION PREVENTION & CONTROL PROGRAM (CPCP).

NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 = -$15.59 MILLION (-$82.36 MILLION).

PLANS TO SELL 3 BAC 111'S.

DECEMBER 1999: GOVERNMENT RESIGNED, DELAYING TAROM (TRM)'S INTENTION OF ORDERING 737NG/757'S.

JANUARY 2000: GOVERNMENT TO SELL 66% OF TAROM (TRM) BY 3RD QUARTER 2000.

MARCH 2000: 1999 = 1.70 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+5.1%); 11.14 MILLION (FTK) (-5.4%); 843,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+12.9%).

PLANS TO REPLACE A310'S WITH A330 BY 2002. CANCELED 1 ORDER A310-300.

APRIL 2000: 2,921 EMPLOYEES.

WILL LEASE 2 737'S THIS SUMMER, AND ACQUIRE 4 737-700'S, AND 4 737-800'S, IN 2001.

MAY 2000: 1 737-5L9 (28083), MAERSK AIR (MRS) LEASED, EX-ESTONIAN AIRLINES (ENA).

JUNE 2000: CODE SHARE WITH ALITALIA (ALI) TO CLUJ, PARMA.

1 737-33A (2606-27284, /94 18 09), EX-(TAESA) (TES), (AWAS) (AWW) LEASED.

JULY 2000: BECOMES 28TH MEMBER OF ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN AIRLINES (AEA).

1999 = 1.7 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+5.1%); 11.14 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT (-5.4%); 843,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+12.9%); 2,921 EMPLOYEES (+1.2%).

OCTOBER 2000: GOVERNMENT TO SELL 54.2%.

2,970 EMPLOYEES.

GOVERNMENT FIRES GHEORGHE RACARU, GENERAL MANAGER, BECAUSE OF POOR FINANCIAL RESULTS AND POOR MANAGEMENT, AND REPLACES HIM WITH GABRIEL DUMITRESCU, EX-HEAD OF CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT.

1 BAC 1-11-525/FT (252, YR-BCI), SOLD TO ALBARAKA (AAB).

JANUARY 2001: NICOLAE DEMETRIADE, CEO.

MARCH 2001: 2000 = -$50 MILLION: 2.16 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+17.5%), 11.78 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT (+4.1%), 1.24 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+20.4%). INTENDS TO REDUCE STAFF, CANCEL SOME FLIGHTS AND SELL 2 707 CARGO AIRPLANES, AS PART OF RESTRUCTURE.

1ST 737-78J (28440, YR-BGF) DELIVERY.

APRIL 2001: 2ND 737-78J (28442, YR-BGG) DELIVERY.

MAY 2001: 737-33A (27284) RETURNED TO (AWW), LEASED TO VARIG (VAR).

SEPTEMBER 2001: JOINT 3RD PARTY MAINTENANCE (JAR 145 APPROVED) WITH AIRWING 2000: (http://www.airwing2000.com) (sales@airwing2000.com).

SITA: BUHDTRO.

JANUARY 2002: 2001 = 1.96 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (-9.1%); 9.28 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT (-21.2%); 1.21 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (-2%).

APRIL 2002: 2,700 EMPLOYEES.

MAIN BASE: BUDAPEST - OTOPENI (OTP).

(http://www.tarom.ro).

July 2002: Code share with Syrian (SYR), on Damascus - Halab (Aleppo) - Bucharest route.

August 2002: 707-3K1C (20805), sold to Amako Airlines, Nigeria, Africa.

December 2002: Contemplating replacing its A310's with A330's.

February 2003: 2 ATR 42-512's (PW127E) (596, YR-ATE; 605, YR-ATG) wet-leased to Egyptair (EGP).

April 2003: 2,700 employees. (secrgen@tarom.ro).

May 2003: In 2003-06, Timisoara - Milan (MXP) (ATR 42, 5/week).

June 2003: 2,880 employees. (pr@tarom.ro).

2002 = -$29 Million.

1 order (2003-11) 737-700. Plans to acquire 4 A310-200's by end of 2004. Also 4 orders A318's by end of 2004.

August 2003: In 2003-09, to resume Bucharest - Beijing (weekly).

October 2003: Code share with Air France (AFA), Bucharest - Paris. Code share with Alitalia (ALI), Cluj - Milan (Malpensa) (ATR 42, 3/week).

Confirms acquisition of 2 737-700's by end of 2003, financed by $75 Million, 12 year loan from (ING) Capital of New York.

February 2004: Bucharest (Otopeni) - Bacau (ATR 42, 3/week).

March 2004: Cluj - Munich. Bucharest - Constanta continues by bus.

707-3K1C (20803) sold to First International Airways (FIW).

April 2004: Resumes Bucharest - Targu Mures (4/week).

4 orders (2006-12) A318's.

May 2004: Code share with Aeroflot (ARO), Moscow - Bucharest (Tu-154M, 2/week).

October 2004: New domestic services from Bucharest Otopeni to Arad (5/week) and Sibiu (ATR 42-500, 3/week). In the next few months will add service to Tulcea in the east of the country and to Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. In December, Bucharest (OTP) - Sibiu (3/week).

December 2004: 2,880 employees.

Code share with SN Brussels (DAT), Brussels - Bucharest (737).

(pr@tarom.ro).

January 2005: Cristian Bacerescu, acting (CEO), replaces Rodica Odobescu.

March 2005: Cooperation with Austrian Airlines (AUL), Vienna to Sibiu, Romania.

June 2005: SkyTeam (STM) Alliance creates its new associate program and selected Air Europa (ARE), Copa Airlines (COP), Kenya Airways (KEN), & Tarom (TRM) with joining process to be completed in 2006. Each has been assigned to a sponsor from the alliance: (ARE) - Air France (AFA); (COP) - Continental Airlines (CAL); (KEN) - (KLM); & (TRM) - Alitalia (ALI).

2,601 employees.

Increased Bucharest to Milan & Cluj to (4/day) & Bucharest - Paris (5/day).

December 2005: Mercator, the Information Technology (IT) division of Emirates (EAD) Group, won its first contract in Eastern Europe for its airline passenger revenue accounting solution from Tarom (TRM) of Romania.

(TRM) announced that it expects to be named a special Alliance Associate member of the SkyTeam (STM) alliance. (TRM) said it was included in the 1st batch of 4 airlines selected to start the association process, which could be finalized during 2006.

February 2006: Tarom (TRM) announced a 4x-weekly 737 service on Tuesdays, Saturdays, using a 737-700 and on Wednesdays, Fridays, using a 737-300 from Bucharest Otopeni to Barcelona starting March 28 with the summer schedule. Together with code share partner, Austrian Airlines (AAL), (TRM) will offer 4x-weekly services from Iasi to Vienna, 5x-weekly from Sibiu to Vienna and 5x-weekly on the Cluj - Vienna sector. It also increased the number of frequencies to Athens, Thessaloniki, Munich, Larnaca, Dubai, Amman, Cairo, Budapest and Warsaw. It is considering resuming its routes to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Zurich and adding a new route from Bucharest Otopeni to Lisbon.

March 2006: Tarom Romanian Airlines (TRM) selected Rockwell Collins to provide a comprehensive avionics package, in-flight entertainment and moving map systems for 4 new A318s scheduled for delivery beginning in November.

July 2006: Employees = 2,323.

October 2006: Tarom (TRM) may be partially privatized soon, according to Romanian media reports indicating that the government is planning to float 49% of the carrier. But the government said the move is not a high priority and that it is taking care to avoid the fate that befell Bulgaria Air (BUL), whose privatization process faced several delays. (TRM) operates a fleet of 5 737-300s, 4 737-700s and 7 ATR 42s and has grounded 2 A310-300s.

November 2006: 1st A318-100 (2931, YR-ASA), delivery - see photo.

December 2006: A318-111 (2955, YR-ASB), delivery.

January 2007: UK (NATS) won a contract from Romatsa, the Romanian air navigation service provider, to train air traffic controllers (ATC). Romania is predicting strong growth in air travel now that it is a member of the European Union (EU).

March 2007: Starting March 26th, Cluj - Bologna; & - Madrid, using 737-700s.

April 2007: Tarom (TRM) became the 144th airline to receive its (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification.

August 2007: Tarom (TRM) is planning to restart long-haul service to North America after >3 years of interruption. A source close to the carrier said that its 2 A310-300s, stored since 2004 at Bucharest Otopeni Airport (OTP), will undergo a total refurbishment by Airbus (EDS) before year end.

December 2007: Tarom (TRM) added a 3ird A318 to its fleet and will add a 2nd daily Bucharest Otopeni - Munich frequency from today.

INCDT: On December 20th, Tarom (TRM) 737-38J (2662-27181, /94 YR-BGC "Constanta"), was involved in a high-speed collision with a vehicle on the runway at Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport on takeoff. Snow and fog were present and local reports say 120 passengers were on board but with no injuries. The airplane sustained serious damage to the port wing, engine and rear fuselage. It came to rest off the runway. The impact occurred 25 seconds into its take-off roll, and reports suggest it was traveling at about 96 kt/167 km/hr. The vehicle had been unintentionally left on the runway after checking the serviceability of the runway lights - see photos.

2 A318-111s (3220, YR-ASC; 3225, YR-ASD), deliveries.

January 2008: 2007 statistics: 2.06 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic +34.3%; +24.2% capacity (ASK)s; +5 load factor for 67.3% LF.

SEE ATTACHED COMPARISON CHART TO SELECTED OPERATORS - "TRM-2007-STATS."

May 2008: Tarom (TRM) and the SkyTeam (STM) alliance announced an Alliance Associate Adherence Agreement, paving the way for (TRM) to join the group as an associate. Air Europa (ARE), Copa Airlines (COP), and Kenya Airways (KEN) already are associates and FlyLAL Lithuanian Airlines (LIJ) said in March that it was invited to begin the associate membership process. (TRM) will offer (STM) alliance passengers +130 additional daily flights to Eastern Europe and the Middle East. (TRM), which will be sponsored by Air France (AFA), operates a fleet of 21 airplanes and carries >1.8 million passengers a year to 40 destinations.

(TRM) announced the successful renewal of its (IATA) ITA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration, now valid to May 6, 2010.

January 2009: 737-8GJ (37360, YR-BGS), delivered to Spicejet (ROJ) and sold to Babcock & Brown (BBB) and leased to Tarom (TRM).

April 2009: Tarom (TRM) as the Romanian national flag carrier, operates domestic services linking 12 destinations in addition to international scheduled, jet airplane services to 31 European and Middle Eastern destinations. Charter services are also flown.

Employees = 2,338.

(IATA) Code: RO - 281. (ICAO) Code: ROT (Callsign - TAROM).

SITA: OTPODRO.

Parent organization/shareholders: Romanian State (Ministry of Transportation) (95%); Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport (2.58%); Romatsa (Romanian Air Traffic) (2.18%); Muntenia Private Financial Investment Fund (0.15%); & Romanian civil aviation authority (0.09%).

Alliances: Aeroflot Russian Airlines (ARO); Air France (AFR); Air Moldova (MOL); Alitalia (ALI); Austrian Airlines (AUL); Brussles Airlines (DAT)/(EBA); (CSA) Czech Airlines; Iberia Airlines (IBE); (LOT) Polish Airlines; Malev (HGA); (S7) Airlines (SBR); SN Brussels Airlines (DAT); & Syrianair (SYR).

Main Base: Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Bacau; Baia Mare; Bucharest; Cluj; Constanta; Iasi; Oradea; Satu Mare; Sibiu; Suceava; & Timisoara.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Aleppo; Amman; Athens; Beirut; Brussels; Budapest; Cairo; Chisinau; Damascus; Dubai; Frankfurt; Istanbul; Larnaca; London; Madrid; Milan; Moscow; Munich; Paris; Prague; Rome; Sofia; Tel Aviv Yafo; Thessaloniki; Vienna; & Warsaw.

SITA announced that Tarom (TRM) selected its Flight Operations (FO) solution. (TRM), scheduled to join the SkyTeam (STM) alliance later this year, will employ (FO)'s full suite including FleetWatch, CrewWatch, FleetPlan and FleetPlan Max to manage schedules, airplanes and crew.

May 2009: Tarom (TRM) took delivery of its 1st 68-seat ATR 72-500 (861, YR-ATH "Somes") as part of a contract signed last year for 2 valued at $37 million. It will take the 2nd before year end and currently operates 7 ATR 42-500s. (CEO) Ruxandra Brutaru said the new airplanes will be used to launch flights to Dubrovnik and Zagreb.

June 2009: ATR 72-212A (867, YR-ATI), delivery.

September 2009: Tarom (TRM) launched 4x-weekly, Bucharest Otopeni - Lyon service aboard a 737-700.

November 2009: SkyTeam (STM) alliance officials said Vietnam Airlines (VIE) and Tarom (TRM) will join the alliance as full members in June, according to a statement from the (STM) alliance's Incheon board meeting cited by "Bloomberg News." (TRM) signed an associate agreement with the (STM) alliance in May 2008, while (VIE) was invited formally last April. The (STM) alliance also is interested in Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS), currently a member of Oneworld (ONW). "We would be keenly interested to see whether (JAL)/(JAS) would be interested to join the (STM) alliance as a potential partner," alliance Chairman, Leo van Wijk said at a news conference, according to "Business Week."

February 2010: Air Europa (ARE) has entered into a code share agreement with Tarom (TRM) covering all (TRM) services between Spain and Romania.

(TRM) expects to join the SkyTeam (STM) alliance this year. (TRM) also plans to launch new service in March from Bucharest Otopeni to Riga, Bari, and Nice. (TRM) currently operates 4 737-300s, 4 737-700s, 3 737-800s, 4 A318s, 2 A310-300s, 7 ATR 42s and 2 ATR 72s.

May 2011: The Romanian government has removed Tarom (TRM) from its plan to privatize state-owned businesses. According to the "Romania Business Insider," (TRM) is not included in the government’s letter of intent (LOI) for its new financial agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The state plans to sell only a minority holding in (TRM), which hopes to breakeven this year.

July 2011: Tarom (TRM) as the Romanian national flag carrier, operates domestic scheduled services linking 12 destinations in addition to international scheduled, jet airplane services to 35 European and Middle Eastern destinations. Charter services are also flown.

Employees = 2,486.

(IATA) Code: RO - 281. (ICAO) Code: ROT (Callsign - TAROM).

SITA: OTPODRO.

Parent organization/shareholders: Romanian State (Ministry of Transportation) (96.9%); Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport (1.6%); ROMATSA (Romanian Air Traffic) (1.4%); and Muntenia Private Financial Investment Fund (0.1%).

Alliances: Aeroflot Russian Airlines (ARO); Air Europe (ARE); AirFrance (AFR); AirBaltic (BAU); Air Moldova (MOL); Alitalia (ALI); Austrian Airlines (AUL); Baboo; Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA); Bulgaria Air (LZB); Cyprus Airways (CYP); Jat Airways (JAT); (KLM); (LOT) Polish Airlines; Malev (HGA); Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA) & SyrianAir (SYR).

Main Base: Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Bacau; Baia Mare; Bucharest; Cluj; Constanta; Iasi; Oradea; Satu Mare; Sibiu; Suceava; & Timisoara.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Aleppo; Amman; Athens; Beirut; Brussels; Budapest; Cairo; Chisinau; Damascus; Dubai; Frankfurt; Istanbul; Larnaca; London; Madrid; Milan; Moscow; Munich; Paris; Prague; Rome; Sofia; Tel Aviv Yafo; Thessaloniki; Vienna; & Warsaw.

Tarom (TRM) incurred a net loss of -€80 million/-$113 million in 2010, -41.6% worse than its 2009 deficit, Romanian media outlets reported. According to Bucharest's "The Diplomat," (TRM)'s full-year revenue totaled €306 million.

Passengers carried heightened +23.6% year-over-year to nearly 2.2 million. (CEO), Gabriela Bordea told the newspaper (TRM) did not meet its revenue forecast because it was forced to keep fares low, owing to a lack of pricing power with passengers.

(TRM) operates a fleet of 3 737-800s, 4r 737-700s, 4 737-300s, 4 A318s, 1 A310-300, 7 ATR 42-500s and 2 ATR 72-500s.

September 2011: The Romanian government approved a plan to partially privatize Tarom (TRM). (TRM) was not included among a list of state-owned entities the government said earlier this year it would privatize, though the (TRM)'s privatization has been speculated about for some time.

According to a government statement, the newly approved plan provides for the sale of a 20% stake in Tarom (TRM), which is currently 95%-owned by Romania's Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. The government said it will determine the timing of the sale later.

Under the privatization strategy, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure will sell 20% of (TRM) via a secondary initial public offering (IPO) on the Bucharest Stock Exchange.

(TRM) incurred a net loss of -€80 million/-$113 million in 2010, -41.6% worse than its 2009 deficit.

January 2012: Tarom (TRM) will be partially privatized in 2012 when the Romanian government plans to put 20% of its 95% stake in (TRM) up for sale through the stock exchange in Bucharest.

February 2012: Tarom (TRM) will increase 5x-weekly, Bucharest Otopeni - Budapest ATR 42/ATR 72 service to 12x-weekly on February 6.

July 2012: The management of Romania's TAROM (TRM) believes it will not slip into a scenario like Hungary’s national carrier Malev (HGA), which ceased operations in February 2012, arguing that it has the “capability to adapt quickly”. But (TRM) executives will find a hard time proving their case as the Romanian carrier has recorded losses for four consecutive years and is expected to remain in the red in 2012.

(TRM) faces significant pressure from Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s, namely from Wizz Air (WZZ), which is absorbing an increasingly larger part of its market. In addition, (TRM)’s efforts to restructure and find a new business model are hindered by repeated delays of plans to sell 20% of the company. Eventually (TRM)’s full ownership should end up in private hands.

But it is unlikely that a private investor will step forward to purchase a minority stake in state-owned (TRM) in the current European financial environment. Europe’s economies are overall in bad shape, and there is an oversupply of small and medium airlines for sale whilst potential buyers are scarce.

October 2012: Tarom (TRO) is planning to open a base in Iasi (IAS) by mid-2013, (CEO) Sorin Georgescu told journalists.

(TRM) plans to launch up to 4X-weekly flights from (IAS) to Rome Fiumicino from December 1, followed by flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle and London Heathrow. (TRM) is also considering service from (IAS) to Verona, Turin, Munich, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt, as well as new domestic services from (IAS) to Cluj, Timisoara, and Constanta.
Its only routes currently bypassing its home base at Bucharest's Otopeni airport are from Cluj-Napoca Someseni (CLJ) to Vienna International (VIE) and from Sibiu (SBZ) to Munich Franz Josef Strauss International (MUC).

November 2012: TAROM (TRM) has unveiled plans to develop its network in the 4th quarter (4Q) 2012 and 2013 at Iasi which could potentially see a large scale expansion from the secondary Romanian city. However this comes as central European low-cost carrier (LCC) Wizz Air (WZZ) continues to expand its Romanian network, both in the capital Bucharest and secondary cities, including Cluj, Craiova and Tirgu Mures. (WZZ)’s continuing expansion is likely to see it overtake TAROM (TRM) as Romania’s largest passenger carrier.

Iasi is Romania’s fourth largest city based on population (263,000 as of the 2011 census) and is located in the northeast of the country close to the border with Moldova. Iasi is located approximately 400 km north of Romania’s capital, Bucharest. Known as the “Cultural Capital of Romania”, Iasi is a leading center of academic, artistic, cultural and social life. The city is also an important economic center in Romania, with several international companies with operations there including USA-based Amazon.com.

Tarom (TRM) has named Christian Edouard Heinzmann as its new (CEO), from November 18, on a 4-year contract. Belgian-born Heinzmann is the former President of Luxair (LUX), "Romania-Insider" has reported. British born Michael Moriaty will become (CFO).

Former (CEO), Heinrich Vystoupil resigned on October 29 during a general meeting of (TRM) shareholders.

Iberia (IBE) won a 5-year contract from TAROM (TRM) for full component support to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for its fleet of A318s. The contract includes repair as well as pool access for the components. Under the contract, (IBE) will provide full support for the TAROM (TRM) A318 avionics, emergency equipment and engine line replaceable units (LRU) at its facilities in Madrid.

April 2013: Tarom (TRM) built its presence in the Romanian city of Iasi (IAS), located in the north-east of the country, on April 26, as it added 3 international destinations to its offering. In addition to 4x-weekly flights to Rome Fiumicino, (TRM) now offers 3x-weekly services each to Bologna (BLQ) and Turin (TRN). Moreover, Tarom also inaugurated 2x-weekly services on the 2,100 km route from Iasi to London Heathrow (LHR), which it already serves with 8x-weekly frequencies from Bucharest Otopeni. These extra flights at Iasi should help the airport pass the 200,000 passenger mark in 2013. Last year, 173,200 passengers passed through the airport, a fall of -6% on the record high of 184,311 achieved in 2011.

May 2013: Tarom (TRM) commenced daily flights on the 2,500 km route from Bucharest (OTP) to Dublin (DUB) on May 1st, using 737-800s. Aer Lingus (ARL) had previously operated this route between October 2007 and April 30 this year, with between 2 and 3X-weekly frequencies.

August 2013: TAROM (TRM) commenced operations on the 800 km route from Cluj (CLJ) to Prague (PRG) on August 5. The route, which represents (TRM)’s only service to the Czech Republic, is offered with 3x-weekly frequency and operated using ATR 72-500s.

September 2013: Flag carrier Tarom (TRM) is to cut a 3rd of its domestic route network for its winter schedule as it looks for a return to profit. (TRM) will stop flights from Romania's capital, Bucharest to Sibiu, in the center of the country and the more northerly Suceava and Targu Mures. Cutting the 3 routes will leave (TRM) with just 6 domestic destinations served from Bucharest.

October 2013: Tarom (TRM) will launch a new flight from Luton to Iasi this October to serve the growing Romanian population in the UK.
(TRM) said it would operate a 737-300 in a 2-class configuration on the route 2x-weekly from October 29.

Iasi is located in the Moldavia region and is one of the country’s leading cultural and artistic centers. Tarom (TRM)’s Project Director, Sorin Georgescu said: “We are delighted to commence services to London Luton Airport located in close proximity to London, one of the most important centers for business deals and most exciting destinations for tourists in the world”.

TAROM (TRM) resumed service on the 1,100 km route from Bucharest (OTP) to Prague (PRG) in the Czech Republic, which it last operated >6 years ago. Beginning on October 27th, (TRM) offers 4x-weekly flights connecting the 2 European capitals using 737-700s. Czech Airlines (CSA) is the only other carrier to operate in the market, in which it offers daily services.

November 2013: (TAROM) (TRM) introduced changes to its London operation on October 29th, when it shifted its Iasi (IAS) services from Heathrow to London Luton (LTN). 2x-weekly frequencies are offered on the 2,100 km route from the north-eastern Romanian city, with departures scheduled on Tuesdays and Saturdays. 737-300s are deployed to operate the service.

Romania’s Ministry of Transport has fired Tarom (TRM)’s board of directors and named a new management team. The new board is made up of Dante Stein, Counsellor of the Romanian Prime Minister and several others.

According to "Romania-Inside," the decision to replace the entire board was fueled by a dispute with the company’s administrative management on whether to prolong the mandate of (CEO) Christian Heinzmann who replaced Heinrich Vystoupil after he gave up his position shortly after starting. The (CEO)’s mandate had been shortened from 4 years to 1 year and is due to end November 19th.

The Transport Ministry has reportedly said the old board did not respect several statutes.

Tarom (TRM) made a loss of >-€15 million/-$20 million in the 1st 4 months of 2013, some €6.8 million more than foreseen in the management plan. 1st-quarter losses decreased -24% to €11 million compared to the year-ago quarter.

(TRM) has made several attempts to privatize and wanted to establish a fleet harmonization plan by replacing its four Airbus A318s, but was never successful.

December 2013: TAROM (TRM), the national carrier of Romania, resumed its service from Bucharest (OTP) to Geneva (GVA) on November 26th, which it last operated in 1991. The 1,572 km 2x-weekly service (Tuesdays and Saturdays) will be served by the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance carrier’s 124-seat 737-300s. (TRM)’s 36th route from Bucharest will face direct competition from Wizz Air (WZZ)’s 2x-weekly service.

February 2014: TAROM (TRM) has designated AirFrance Industries (AFI) to provide component support services for 9 ATR 42s and ATR 72s.

May 2014: 60 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! - - SEE PHOTO - - "TRM-2014-05- 60 YEARS RETROJET - 737-78J."

Tarom (TRM) is reportedly considering resuming Bucharest Otopeni - Beijing services from August, according to local news agency "Mediafax." (TRM), the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member is eyeing a 2x-weekly service. The route was suspended in 2003 for economical reasons.

A Tarom (TRM) spokesperson said (TRM) “has nothing confirmed right now [regarding long-haul plans). We have something planned, but so far nothing to announce.”

According to (TRM)’s website, it operates 1 737-800, 4 737-700s, 4 737-300s, 4 Airbus A318s, 7 ATR 42-500s and 2 ATR 72-500s. It also has 2 1992-manufactured Airbus A310-300s, 1 of which is in operation on flights to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion. (TRM) operates to 25 countries, and serves 43 destinations, 50 routes and 114 daily flights.

June 2014: (TAROM) (TRM), the flag carrier of Romania, introduced its 7th route from (Iasi) (IAS), with the addition of new services to Milan/Bergamo (BGY) on June 13th. The 1,382 km sector to the 4th busiest airport in Italy will be operated weekly (Fridays), utilizing the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member’s 124-seat 737-300s. There is no direct competition on (TAROM) (TRM)’s new airport pair.

August 2014: Romanian flag-carrier, (Tarom) (TRM) is aiming to relaunch Bucharest Otopeni - Beijing services from September 16, according to several local media reports.

The SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member will reportedly operate Airbus A310-300s on the route, which was suspended in 2003 for economical reasons.

February 2014: (BAE) Systems will upgrade existing Traffic Collision & Avoidance Systems (TCAS) technology on Boeing 737s and 757s belonging to Romania’s flag carrier, (TAROM) (TRM) and Turkish-based (MGA) MaviGok Aviation. The contract covers 22 airplanes.

August 2016: Romanian flag carrier Tarom (TRM) has issued a call for 2 160- to 190-seat aircraft, which it will initially wet lease, before taking dry-leased aircraft.

The procurement section of (TRM)’s website shows it is looking to wet lease 2 160- to 190-seat aircraft for a 2- to 6-month term. In addition, it is looking for another pair on dry lease for 4 to 6 years.

According to the tender specifications, the aircraft should be <5 years’ old, (EU)-registered, (CFM)-powered, with a 2,500 nm range and a maximum take-off weight of <79 tons.

Tarom (TRM) added that the interior should have a mobile class divider and be equipped with slim seats, covered in a leather or leather-type fabric. It also specified a need for a galley, wardrobes and minimum of 3 toilets.

The closing date for both tenders is August 31.

Fleet:
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November 2017:

1 707-3K1C (JT3D-3B HK) (878-20803, /74 YR-ABA; 883-20804, /74 YR-ABB, (ROA) OPS; 884-20805, /74 YR-ABC, (KUW) OPS), 2 TO BE SOLD, FREIGHTER, WET-LST FOR KEY AVIATION. 20805 ST AMAKO AIRLINES 2002-08. 20803 ST (FIW) 2004-03. 20803 STILL OPERATES FOR THE GOVERNMENT BY (ROA). 1 VIP.

0 737-33A (CFM56-3) (2606-27284, /94), EX-(TES), RTND (AWW), LST (VAR) 2001-06.

0 737-36M (CFM56-3C1) (2809-28332, /96 YR-BGY), EX-(EBA), (BOU) LSD, RTND, LST (GIA). 20C, 107Y.

0 737-36Q (CFM56-3C1) (3020-29326, /98 YR-BGX "GALATI"), (BOU) LSD TIL 2004-03, RTND 2004-05. 12C, 114Y.

4 737-38J (CFM56-3C1) (2524-27179, /93 YR-BGA "ALBA LULIA;" 2529-27180, /93 YR-BGB "BUCURESTI;" 2662-27181, /94 YR-BGC "CONSTANTA" SERIOUSLY DAMAGED 2007-12, SEE INCDT - PHOTO; 2663-27182, /94 YR-BGD "DEVA;" 2671-27395, /94 YR-BGE "TIMISOARA"), 12C, 114Y.

0 737-548 (CFM56-3B1) (1939-24878, /90, YR-BGZ), (ARL) 2 YR LSD 2001-05, RTND. 28C, 62Y.

0 737-5L9 (CFM56-3C1) (2784-28083, /96, YR-BGT "BRASON"), (MRS) LSD 2000-05, RTND. 28C, 62Y.

4 737-78J (CFM56-7B22) (1394-28438, /03 YR-BGH "HUNEDOARA;" 1419-28439, /03 YR-BGI "IASI;" 795-28440, /01 YR-BGF "BRAILA*;" 827-28442, /01 YR-BGG "CRAIOVA**"), * SKYTEAM (STM) ALLIANCE TITLES. ** IN 2014-05 THIS AIRPLANE WAS PAINTED IN "RETRO" EXTERIOR WITH TAIL SHOWING "HAPPY 60 YEARS!" SEE PHOTO - - "TRM-2014-05- 60 YEARS RETROJET - 737-78J." WITH WINGLETS. 14C, 102Y.

1 737-8GJ (CFM56-7B24) (2783-37360, /08 YR-BGS "SIBIU"), (BBB) LSD 2009-01. WITH WINGLETS. 186Y.

2 +1 ORDER 737-86J (CFM56-7B26) (2638-37740, /08 YR-BGP "PLOIESTI" 2008-11; 2686-37741, /08 YR-BGR "BRASOV" - - SEE PHOTO - - "TRM-737-8GJ-2009-01"), (RBS) AVIATION LSD 2008-12. WITH WINGLETS. 186Y.

0 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C2), RTND.

4 ORDERS A310-200:

2 A310-325 (PW4156A) (636, /92 YR-LCA "TRANSILVANIA;" 644, /93 YR-LCB "MOLDOVA"), FOR SALE. (ETOPS) EQ'PD. BOTH WFU. 20C, 189Y.

2 A318-111 (CFM56-5B8/P) (2931, /06 YR-ASA "AUREL VLAICU - AVIATION PIONEER 1883-1913" - SEE PHOTO; 2955, /06 YR-ASB "TRAIAN VUIA - AVIATION PIONEER 1872-1950" 2006-12), 14C, 99Y.

2 A318-111 (CFM56-5B8/P) (3220, /07 YR-ASC "HENRI COANDA - AVIATION PIONEER 1886-1972;" 3225, /07 YR-ASD "SMARANDA BRAESCU - AVIATION PIONEER 1897-1948), 26C, 81Y.

0 BAC 111-300 (255; 267; ST CHROME AIR 1999-04), 3 FOR SALE. 252 ST (AAB), ALL 7 SOLD OR RETIRED.

0 ROMAERO 111-560, 1 RETIRED.

7 ATR 42-512 (PW127E) (566, /97 YR-ATA "DUNAREA;" 569, /97 YR-ATB "BISTRITA;" 589, /99 YR-ATC "MURES;" 591, /99 YR-ATD "CRIS;" 596, /99 YR-ATE "OLT;" 599, /99 YR-ATF "ARGES;" 605, /99 YR-ATG "DAMBOVITA"), 596; 605; WET-LST (EGP) 2003-02. 605 RF (EGP) 2003-08. 10C, 38Y.

2 ATR 72-500 (PW127M) (861, /09 YR-ATH "SOMES;" 867, /09 YR-ATI, "IALOMITA"), 68Y.

1 AN-24RV (77310805; 77310807; ST (SAO) TOME 2000-10).

1 IL-62M.

0 TU-154, 4 RTND.

Management:
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CHRISTIAN EDOUARD HEINZMANN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), EX-(LUX), (2012-11).

MRS RODICA MICULESCU, DEPUTY GENERAL DIRECTOR (2001-10).

MICHAEL MORIATY, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) (2012-11).

EMIL DOBROVOLSCHI, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

CAPTAIN TITI ROSCA, CHIEF PILOT (OTPOZRO) (genasist@tarom.ro) (2002-03).

SEVER BUCUR, VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (BUHDTRO) (sever.bucur@tarom.ro) (2001-10).

LORIN DUMITRESCU, VP QUALITY & SAFETY (quality.safety@tarom.ro) (2001-10).

MRS ECATERINA GANESCU, VP GROUND OPERATIONS (2001-10).

MRS AURELIA FULGER, VP SALES & MARKETING (2002-12).

CRISTIAN BECERESCU, VP CORPORATE PLANNING.

MARESI CARAVAN, VP FINANCE & ACCOUNTING.

CORINA STAN, VP TRANSPORT.

MIHAI STANCIU, 737 FLEET MAINTENANCE MANAGER (2001-10).

AURELIAN BOBEI, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT MANAGER (BUHDTRO)
(b737.engg@tarom.ro) (aurelian.bobei@tarom.ro) (2001-10).

PAVEL POSTARU, LINE MAINTENANCE MANAGER.

JENEL POENARU, HEAD CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT.

ADRIAN IONASCU, CONTRACT/TECHNICAL ADMINISTRATION MANAGER.

MRS CORNELIA RISEANU, MAINTENANCE TRAINING MANAGER.

MRS MONICA DILMAN, MATERIAL CONTROL MANAGER (2002-12).

MRS SONIA RUSU, CHIEF PUBLIC RELATIONS (PR).

MRS CARMEN OPRITESCU, TECHNICAL LIBRARY & RECORDS MANAGER (2002-12).

 
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