TAROM

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TAROM Romanian Air Transport
TAROM Transporturile Aeriene Române
TAROM Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
RO ROT TAROM
Founded 8 August 1945 (as TARS)
Commenced operations 1 February 1946
Hubs Henri Coandă International Airport
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Flying Blue
Airport lounge Departures Lounge
Alliance SkyTeam
Fleet size 23
Destinations 53
Headquarters Otopeni, Ilfov County, Romania
Key people Christian Edouard Heinzmann, CEO
Revenue Increase 256 million € (2014)
Operating income Increase -23 million € (2014)
Website tarom.ro

S.C. Compania Națională de Transporturi Aeriene Române TAROM S.A., doing business as TAROM, is the flag carrier and oldest currently operating airline of Romania, based in Otopeni, with its headquarters and its main hub at Henri Coandă International Airport. It is currently the largest airline operating in Romania based on fleet size, international destinations, international flights and second largest measured by passengers carried, behind Wizz Air.

The brand name is an acronym for Romanian: Transporturile Aeriene ROMâne (Romanian Air Transport). Over ninety-seven percent (97.05%) of TAROM is owned by the Romanian Government (Ministry of Transport). The airline transported almost 2.3 million passengers in 2014, with an average load factor of 66%. The airline joined SkyTeam on 25 June 2010.

History[edit]

The beginnings[edit]

Romania's first national airline was founded in 1920 under the name CFRNA - (French-Romanian Company for Air Navigation).

Post-World War II[edit]

TAROM BAC 1-11 operating a scheduled flight to London Heathrow in 1971
TAROM Ilyushin Il-18D operating a holiday flight at Manchester Airport in 1988

After World War II, when the Soviet Union had 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 (Băneasa 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 transatlantic flight. On 14 May 1974, it launched a regular service to New York City - (John F. Kennedy International Airport).

Being part of the regional group of airlines within Eastern Bloc states meant that for much of its history TAROM has operated Soviet-designed aircraft. These included the Lisunov Li-2, Ilyushin Il-14, Ilyushin Il-18 long-range turboprop, Ilyushin Il-62 long-range jet airliner, Antonov An-24 regional turboprop, and the Tupolev Tu-154 medium-range tri-jet. As was the case with a number of other nations, the Il-62 was the first long-range jet airliner to be put into operation by Romania, in 1973. Five examples (three Il-62s and two later version Il-62Ms) were owned by TAROM, which also leased the aircraft to other operators.

An exception to Soviet-built aircraft was made in 1968, when TAROM bought BAC One Elevens for European and Middle East destinations, and in 1974 when it acquired Boeing 707 aircraft to share its long-haul operations with the Il-62. In 1978, a contract was signed with the UK enabling Rombac to manufacture the BAC One Eleven at Baneasa near Bucharest. Meanwhile, 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 Eastern Bloc airline to operate flights to Tel Aviv, Israel.

The 1990s[edit]

Boeing 737-700 "Craiova" in the 1990s livery

It was only after the collapse of the Communist Party in 1989 that the airline was able to acquire more Western-built jets. By 1993, TAROM had introduced long-haul flights to Montreal and Bangkok using Ilyushin Il-62 and Airbus A310 aircraft.

During the 1990s, TAROM replaced its long-haul fleet of Boeing 707s and IL-62s with Airbus A310s (the last Il-62 being sold in 1999). 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.[1]

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.

2000 onwards[edit]

TAROM is recovering from a difficult period that began in the 1990s, when losses of up to $68 million per year were registered, caused by unprofitable routes. At the beginning of the new millennium, the airline initiated a programme 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), and initiated direct international flights from Sibiu International Airport.

A fleet upgrade programme started in 2006 with the acquisition of four Airbus A318s, three Boeing 737-800s, and two ATR 72-500s, which resulted in a fleet increase to 26 by 2009.

The airline had a frequent-flyer programme "Smart Miles", which was turned into Flying Blue on 5 June 2010. Codeshare agreements with foreign partner airlines are in place for several international routes. On 25 June 2010, TAROM joined SkyTeam as the alliance's thirteenth member.

Corporate affairs[edit]

Ownership[edit]

TAROM is a state-owned company, with shareholding structure as follows:[2]

Shareholder Interest
The Romanian State (held through the Ministry of Transport) 097.05%
Bucharest Airports National Company 01.55%
ROMATSA R.A.(Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration) 01.31%
Societatea de Investitii Financiare Muntenia 0.09%
Total 100.00%

Business trends[edit]

Figures for recent years are shown below (for years ending 31 December):

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Turnover (EUR millions)[3] 220 234 261 257 193 218 279 238 247 256
Profits (EUR millions)[3] 1.1 12.3 21.8 −1,7 −55 −79 −58 −54,5 −29,5 −23
Number of employees (average for year) 2,289 2,333 2,338 2,471 2,517 2,353 2,200 2,070 2,006
Number of passengers (millions) 1.40 1.45 1.89 1.98 1.72 2.20 2.19 2.19 2.10 2.34
Passenger load factor (%)[4] 61.0 62.3 67.2 61.9 55.6 60.9 60.6 66.0 65.9 66.0
Number of aircraft (at year end) 18 20 22 24 26 26 26 24 24 24
Notes/sources [5] [5]

Logo and livery[edit]

TAROM logo in the 1970s & 1980s

The TAROM logo, representing a swallow in 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 cheatline. The livery introduced in the early 1990s (on the Airbus A310 aircraft) is an overall-white scheme with the titles and the tailfin painted in dark blue. The current 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 Airbus A318s bear names of Romanian aviation pioneers.

In 2009, marking the airline's 55th anniversary, a Boeing 737-700 (YR-BGG "Craiova") was painted in a retro jet color scheme, representing airline's first livery used in the 1950s on Lisunov Li-2 aircraft.

Destinations[edit]

Main article: TAROM destinations

The airline operates directly 52 destinations (including charters) in 22 countries (Europe, Middle East and northern Africa) including 10 domestic destinations.

Alliances[edit]

In 2006, TAROM was scheduled to join SkyTeam as an associate member (sponsored by Alitalia), but the entry into the alliance was postponed until 2008. On 7 May that year, SkyTeam signed a SkyTeam Alliance Associate Adherence Agreement (SAAAA) agreement with TAROM.

On 22 June 2010, SkyTeam announced that it had renewed its membership program, thereby making TAROM a future full member of the alliance.[6] On 25 June 2010, TAROM became a full member of SkyTeam.[7]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

TAROM has codeshare agreements with the following airlines, * indicates fellow Sky Team members:[8]

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest routes from Henri Coandă International Airport
City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(July 2015)[9]
Flag of Romania.svg Cluj-Napoca Cluj-Napoca Airport
36
Flag of Romania.svg Iași Iași Airport
27
Flag of Romania.svg Timișoara Timișoara Airport
26
Flag of Moldova.svg Chișinău Chișinău International Airport
18
Flag of Austria.svg Vienna Vienna International Airport
16
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam Amsterdam International Airport
14
Flag of France.svg Paris Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
14
Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest Budapest International Airport
14
Flag of Germany.svg Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
13
Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul Istanbul Ataturk Airport
13

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

TAROM ATR 42-500
TAROM Boeing 737-700 wearing retro livery

As of May 2015 the TAROM fleet consists of the following aircraft:[10][11]

TAROM Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
B E Total
Airbus A310-300 2 20 189 209 to be phased out by 2016[citation needed]
Airbus A318 4 14 99 113
ATR 42-500 7 6 42 48 1 painted in SkyTeam livery
ATR 72-500 2 8 60 68
Boeing 737-300 4 8 126 134
Boeing 737-700 4 14 102 116 1 painted in retro livery, 1 painted in SkyTeam livery
Total 23

Historic fleet[edit]

Maintenance[edit]

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.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 24 February 1962 a TAROM Ilyushin Il-18V, registration YR-IMB, operating on an international scheduled flight from Bucharest Otopeni Airport (OTP) to Tel Aviv, Israel via Nicosia, Cyprus lost power on all four engines and made a belly landing on a grassy field in Cyprus. While cruising at 23 000 FT over the Mediterranean Sea and 43 miles off shore engine number 3 lost power, followed shortly by number 1 and 2. Then at 10 000 FT and 27 miles off shore engine 4 also quit. All 100 occupants survived. The aircraft was transported to Moscow for repairs, but it never re-entered service.[12]
  • On 29 December 1974, an Antonov An-24, registration YR-AMD, operating on a domestic scheduled flight from Bucharest to Sibiu crashed into the side of the Mountains (Muntii) Lotrului (22 km south of Sibiu) at an altitude of 1,700 m, killing all 28 passengers and 5 crew members. The crew's incorrect approach procedure execution, which led to the aircraft drifting south off course by 20 km, while the wind was increasing turbulence was present.[13]
  • On 7 August 1980, a Tupolev Tu-154B-1 registered YR-TPH, operating on an international scheduled flight from Bucharest Otopeni Airport (OTP), Romania to Nouadhibou Airport (NDB), Mauritania ditched in the water 300 m short of the runway at Nouadhibou Airport. The crew could not see the runway while descending through the 90 m decision height. A missed approach procedure was initiated when the pilot felt contact with what he thought was ground, but was actually water.[14] All of the 152 passengers and 16 crew members survived the impact, but a passenger suffered a heart attack and died before he could be rescued. Most of the passengers were sailors who were going to replace the crew of two Romanian ships located on the Mauritanian coast. Many passengers swam to the land, while sharks were kept away by the vibrations of an engine which continued to function for a few hours after the crash.
  • On 5 September 1986, an Antonov An-24 registered YR-AMF operating on a domestic scheduled flight from Bucharest Băneasa (BBU) touched down nose wheel-first while landing at the Cluj Airport (CLJ). A fire erupted, killing three crew members who were trapped in the cockpit. The other two crew members and all fifty passengers survived.[15]
  • On 24 September 1994, TAROM Flight 381, an Airbus A310 registered YR-LCA flying from Bucharest to Paris Orly, went into a sudden and un-commanded nose-up position and stalled. The crew attempted to countermand the aircraft's flight control system but were unable to get the nose down while remaining on course. Witnesses saw the aircraft climb with an extreme nose-up attitude, then bank sharply left, then right, then fall into a steep dive. Only when the dive produced additional speed was the crew able to recover steady flight. An investigation found that an overshoot of flap placard speed during approach, incorrectly commanded by the captain, caused a mode transition to flight level change. The auto-throttles increased power and trim went full nose-up as a result. The crew's attempt at commanding the nose-down elevator could not counteract effect of stabilizer nose-up trim, and the resulting dive brought the aircraft from a height of 4,100 ft at the time of the stall to 800 ft when the crew was able to recover command. The aircraft landed safely after a second approach. There were 186 people on board.[18]
  • On 31 March 1995, a TAROM Airbus A310 operating as Flight 371 crashed near Baloteşti due to a fault in the throttles and lack of recovery from the flight crew. All 50 passengers and 10 crew members were killed.
  • On 30 December 2007, a TAROM Boeing 737-300 (YR-BGC "Constanţa"), flying Flight 3107 hit a car on the runway of Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport while taking off for Sharm-el-Sheikh. The aircraft stopped beside the runway and was severely damaged.[19] None of the passengers were injured. Because of fog, neither the tower nor the pilots saw the car belonging to staff who were repairing a runway beacon.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Czech Airlines, Malév and Tarom all axe long-haul services". Anna.Aero. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Shareholding". 
  3. ^ a b TAROM ends 4th consecutive year on loss, Ziarul Financiar, Retrieved on 25 January 2013
  4. ^ TAROM faces competition as liberalisation brings LCCs to Romania, anna.aero. Retrieved on 25 January 2013
  5. ^ a b "Under private management, TAROM continues on losses but exceeds loss-cut targets". Ziarul Finanaciar. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "SKYTEAM CELEBRATES TENTH ANNIVERSARY" (Press release). SkyTeam. 2010-06-22. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "TAROM AIRLINES JOINS SKYTEAM" (Press release). SkyTeam. 2010-06-25. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ http://www.tarom.ro/destinatii/orarul-de-zbor/
  10. ^ "TAROM Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Profile for TAROM". aerotransport.org. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Accident description for Ilyushin Il-18V YR-IMB at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 26 Juy 2013.
  13. ^ "Accident description". Aviation-Safety.net. 2006-04-14. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Accident description". Aviation-Safety.net. 1 August 2004. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "Accident description". Aviation-Safety.net. 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  16. ^ ""Nu înţeleg ce s-a întâmplat? De ce l-au lăsat să plece?". Pilotul Valter Jurcovan a murit la Revoluţie în timp ce aducea sânge pentru răniţi". Jurnalul.ro. 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  17. ^ "Romania: TAROM". Airlineupdate.com. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  18. ^ "INCIDENT TAROM". UFCNA.com. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "Raport preliminar al accidentului de pe Henri Coanda: lipsa de coordonare intre turnul de control si echipa de balizaj". HotNews.ro. 2007-12-31. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 

External links[edit]

Media related to TAROM at Wikimedia Commons