Transportes Aéreos Bandeirantes

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For the Brazilian airline defunct in 1999, see TABA – Transportes Aéreos da Bacia Amazônica.
Transportes Aéreos Bandeirantes (TABA)
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Founded 1945
Ceased operations 1950
Key people Alberto Martins Torres

Transportes Aéreos Bandeirantes (TABA) was a Brazilian airline founded in 1945. In 1950 it was incorporated by Lóide Aéreo Nacional.

A Transportes Aéreos Bandeirantes Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina PP-BLB.

History[edit]

TABA (from Transportes Aéreos Bandeirantes) was founded in 1945 by Alberto Martins Torres, a former pilot of the Brazilian Air Force. Originally the airline was called Transportes Aéreos da Bacia Amazônica and revenue was based on the transportation of rubber to Belém. However, even before starting its services, the market for rubber changed, prices dropped and operation on that basis became unviable. For this reason the owner requested that the Brazilian authorities change its authorized routes for the trunk route Rio de Janeiro / Porto Alegre. Since it would not operate in the Amazon Basin anymore, the name was changed to Transportes Aéreos Bandeirantes in order to maintain the acronym.[1]

In 1948 the airline started its services from Rio de Janeiro to Laguna using its Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina aircraft. Later, the route was extended until Porto Alegre.

After being grounded for some months for lack of equipment, TABA was sold to Lóide Aéreo Nacional in 1950.[2]

Fleet[edit]

TABA (Bandeirantes) Fleet[3]
Aircraft Total Years of operation Notes
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina 2 1948–1949
Douglas DC-3 1 1949


Accidents and incidents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Instituto Histórico-Cultural da Aeronáutica (2005). História Geral da Aeronáutica Brasileira: de janeiro de 1946 a janeiro de 1956 após o término da Segunda Guerra Mundial até a posse do Dr. Juscelino Kubitschek como Presidente da República 4. Rio de Janeiro: GR3 Comunicação & Design. p. 349. 
  2. ^ Pereira, Aldo (1987). Breve História da Aviação Comercial Brasileira (in Portuguese). Rio de Janeiro: Europa. pp. 305–306. 
  3. ^ Pereira, Aldo (1987). Breve História da Aviação Comercial Brasileira (in Portuguese). Rio de Janeiro: Europa. pp. 305–306. 

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