airline = TAROM Romanian Air Transport
TAROM Transporturile Aeriene Române
logo_size = 200
IATA = RO
ICAO = ROT
callsign = TAROM
Government of Romania
founded = 1920
key_people = Gheorghe Bîrlă (Director General)
Henri Coandă International Airport
Cluj Napoca International Airport
frequent_flyer programme = SMART MILES
alliance = SkyTeam (joining 2008)
fleet_size = 21 (+ 5 orders)
destinations = 47 (21 countries)
website = http://www.tarom.ro
S.C. „Compania Națională de Transporturi Aeriene Române – TAROM” S.A., commonly known simply as TAROM, is the
flag carrier airlineof Romania. Its main base is the Henri Coandă International Airportin Bucharest(formerly known as the Otopeni airport). The airline operates scheduled domestic services and international services to destinations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. 95% of TAROM is owned by the Romanian Government(Ministry of Transport). The brand name TAROM is an acronymfor Transporturile Aeriene ROMâne (Romanian Air Transport). The airline transported 1.69 million passengers in 2007 (a 32.1% increase compared to the previous year); this makes TAROM the second-fastest growing airline in Europe, after Brussels Airlines. [ [http://www.cotidianul.ro/index.php?id=17846&art=43170&cHash=653446cf68 Cotidianul Press Release] ]
TAROM was founded in 1920 under the name CFRNA - ("French-Romanian Company for Air Navigation"). The airline used French-built
Potezaircraft for its passenger/mail service between Parisand Bucharestvia several cities in Central Europe. In 1925, the city of Galaţibecame the first destination in Romania served by regular flights. In 1926 the airline changed its name to CIDNA ("The International Air Navigation Company"). In 1930, the company adopted the name LARES ("Liniile Aeriene Române Exploatate de Stat") while 1937 saw the merger of LARES with its competitor SARTA ("Societatea Română de Transporturi Aeriene").
Post World War II
World War II, when the Soviet Unionhad extended its influence across Eastern Europe, the airline TARS ("Transporturi Aeriene Româno-Sovietice") was established on 8 August 1945, jointly-owned by the governments of Romania and the Soviet Union. Domestic operations were started from Bucharest ( Baneasa Airport) on 1 February 1946. The company's Soviet share was purchased by Romania and, on 18 September 1954, the airline adopted the name of TAROM - (Transporturi Aeriene Române - Romanian Air Transport). By 1960, TAROM was flying to a dozen cities across Europe. 1966 saw the operation of its first trans-Atlantic flight. On May 14 1974, it launched a regular service to New York City- (JFK International Airport).
Being part of the group of the airlines belonging to
Soviet Blocstates, TAROM operated Soviet-design Li-2, Ilyushin Il-14, Ilyushin Il-18, Ilyushin Il-62, Antonov An-24, and Tupolev Tu-154aircraft. An exception was made in 1968 when it bought the BAC One Elevenin 1968 for European and Middle East destinations, and in 1974 when TAROM acquired Boeing 707aircraft for its long haul operations. In 1978 a contract was signed with the UK to manufacture the BAC One Eleven near Bucharest. Meantime the 707 and Il-62 long range aircraft were operating New-York (via Amsterdam, later London and finally Vienna), Abu-Dhabi-Bangkok-Singapore, and Karachi-Beijing. TAROM was the only Soviet Bloc airline to operate flights to Tel-Aviv, Israel.
It was only after the collapse of the
Soviet Unionin 1991 that the airline was able to acquire more Western-built jets. By 1993, TAROM had introduced long haul flights to Montrealand Bangkok, using Ilyushin Il-62, and Airbus A310aircraft.
During the 1990s, TAROM replaced its long-haul fleet of Boeing 707s and IL-62s with three new A310 jets. In 2001 the airline cancelled its non-profitable long haul services to Bangkok and Montreal and also terminated services to its remaining intercontinental destinations of
Beijing(in 2003), Chicago(in 2002), and New York City (in 2003). Fact|date=February 2007
TAROM terminated loss-making domestic services to
Craiova, Tulcea, Caransebeş, and Constanţa) and focused its activity on service to key destinations in Europe and the Middle East. 2004 was the first profitable year of the last decade.
TAROM is recovering from a difficult period that began in the 1990s, when losses of up to $68 million a year were registered, caused by unprofitable routes. At the beginning of the new millennium, the airline initiated a program that was aimed at restoring profitability. This was achieved by terminating loss-making intercontinental services.
TAROM has decided to focus its operations on Bucharest (
Henri Coandă International Airport) (OTP) and Cluj-Napoca International Airport(CLJ). Codeshare agreements with foreign partner airlines are in place for several international routes. To meet competition from Carpatair, which uses the city of Timişoarain Western Romania as its hub city, TAROM has initiated direct international flights from Sibiu, Cluj-Napocaand Bacău. In June 2005 it was announced as one of the future associate members of SkyTeamalliance, initially due to join by 2006. A fleet upgrade program started in 2006 with the acquisition of the first two Airbus A318 (from a total of four ordered) which resulted in a fleet increase from 16 planes (in Nov. 2006) to 22 (as of 2007).
In May 2008 Tarom was once again endorsed as a soon-to-be
SkyTeamassociate member, this time by Air France.
The airline has a frequent flyer programme
The TAROM fleet consists of the following aircraft as of December 2007: [ [http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=RO&al_op=1 CH Aviation - TAROM Fleet] ]
In November and December 2006, Tarom took delivery of its first two Airbus A318-111 (YR-ASA and YR-ASB), becoming only the second commercial operator of this type of aircraft in
Europe. In the fall of 2007, two more Airbus A318 have joined the fleet, bringing the total number of aircraft to four. The Airbus A318planes are being used on routes from Bucharest to Brussels, Frankfurt, Munich, Parisand Vienna[ Airliner WorldJanuary 2007] .
After reintroducing the 2
Airbus A310to the fleet, Tarom realized their inefficiency and decided to sell them. Tarom Executives stated discussions with Airbus and Boeing are still underway, but 4 Boeing 737-800will probably be chosen as replacements. [http://www.zf.ro/articol_143902/pro_tv__tarom_scoate_la_licitatie_aeronavele__quot_transilvania_quot__si__quot_moldova_quot_.html Pro TV: Tarom scoate la licitatie aeronavele "Transilvania" si "Moldova" | ZF 24 | Ziarul Financiar ] ] .
The average fleet age of the TAROM fleet is 8.8 years. [ [http://www.airfleets.net/ageflotte/TAROM.htm Tarom Fleet Age] ]
* Boeing 737-500 (YR-BGZ "Iaşi")
* Boeing 737-300 (YR-BGX "Galaţi")
* ATR 42-300 (YR-ATX "Dâmboviţa")
TAROM - Technical Division is an aircraft maintenance provider. It employs 800 staff and specializes in maintaining ATR, Boeing 737 series, Airbus A310 and A320 aircraft. [ [http://www.aerospace-technology.com/contractors/maintenance/tarom/ TAROM Technical Division] ] Other maintenance providers in Romania are
Aerostar SAin Bacăuand Romaerolocated at Băneasa Airport, Bucharest.
TAROM has codeshare agreements with the following airlines as of July 2007: [ [http://www.tarom.ro/en/about-us/tarom-partners.html Codeshare partners] ]
LOT Polish Airlines
Syrian Arab Airlines
In 2006 TAROM was scheduled to join
SkyTeamas an associate member (sponsored by Alitalia), but the entry into the alliance was postponed until 2008.
7 may 2008SkyTeam signed a SkyTeam Alliance Associate Adherence Agreement (SAAAA) agreement with the TAROM, indicating the airline is on the track to join the alliance as an Associate airline. [ [http://www.skyteam.com/EN/aboutSkyteam/pressCenter/pr070508.jsp TAROM SIGNS AN AGREEMENT WITH SKYTEAM TO JOIN THE ALLIANCE AS ASSOCIATE AIRLINE] , "SkyTeam ", 7 may 2008]
* The TAROM logo, representing a
swallowin flight, has been used on all TAROM aircraft since 1954.
* In the 1970s livery the logo on the tail was painted in red, with a red
* The livery introduced in the early 1990s (on the
Airbus A310aircraft) is a eurowhitescheme with the titles and the tailfin painted in dark blue.
* Today's color scheme (introduced in 2006 on the A318) is a slightly modified version of the previous one, with an oversized logo on the tailfin, and the engine pods also painted in dark blue.
* All aircraft in the TAROM fleet receive a "name" which is a Romanian
toponym. For instance, the names of the ATR aircraft in the fleet are related to the rivers of Romania, the Boeing aircraft bear names of Romanian cities, the Airbus long-haul aircraft bear Romanian historical province names, while the new Airbus A318 bear names of Romanian aviation pioneers [ [http://www.tarom.ro/en/news/brand-new-aircrafts-for-tarom-fleet.html TAROM homepage] ]
Incidents and accidents
*The most serious accident occurred on 31 March 1995 when an Airbus A310-324 (YR-LCC "Muntenia") - operating a Bucharest to Brussels service - crashed soon after take-off, killing all onboard. See
Tarom Flight 371. Several other TAROM incidents, some with fatalities, are recorded by the Aircraft Crash Record Office [http://www.baaa-acro.com/Immatriculations/YR%20-%20Roumanie.htm]
*On December 30. 2007 a Tarom Boeing 737-300, (YR-BGC "Constanţa") hit a car on the runway of Bucharest
Henri Coandă International Airportwhile taking off for Sharm-el-Sheikh. The plane stopped beside the runway and was severely damaged [http://www.hotnews.ro/actualitate/essential/articol_2142562/avion_rasturnat_pista_aeroportului_henri_coanda.htm] . None of the passengers was injured. Because of fogneither the tower nor the pilots saw the car belonging to staff who were repairing a runway beacon. Footage of the accident: http://youtube.com/watch?v=P86Y0C65yJk
* [http://www.tarom.ro/en/ Official webpage]
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