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Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos
Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos Logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
2L[1] BOL BOL[2]
FoundedNovember 7, 1977
Operating basesViru Viru International Airport
Fleet size1
Destinations5 (scheduled)
HeadquartersCochabamba, Bolivia[1]
Websitetab-bolivia.com

Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos (abbreviated TAB, also known as TAB Airlines or TAB Cargo) is an airline which operates civil cargo flights between Bolivia and the United States.

History

A Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos McDonnell Douglas MD-10

TAB was set up in 1977 as a sub-division of the Air Transport Management of the Bolivian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Boliviana, abbreviated FAB) in 1977, originally operating on-demand medium to long-haul heavy cargo flights using a fleet of Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, which were based at El Alto International Airport in La Paz. In 1992, TAB was shut down.

In 1999, the airline was reactivated as a civil company based at Cochabamba, then operating a single military C-130 and a L-382, the civil variant of the preceding. In 1999, TAB moved 84,649 kilograms of cargo, which was increased to over 2 million kilograms in 2000, to 4,176,429 kilograms in 2006.

TAB increased its fleet with the addition of two McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and McDonnell Douglas MD-10. Currently, the airline is transporting more than 8 thousand tons a year.

In 2014, TAB retired all of its DC-8s, its C-130, L-382, DC-10s.[3] It stopped flying most of its MD-10s in 2014, and sold them off to the Bolivian Airforce.[4]

As of 2021, TAB only has one aircraft, an MD-10, which is pictured to the right. This aircraft's flight registration is CP-2791.[5]

Destinations

As of May 2019, TAB operates scheduled flights to the following destinations: [6]

Country City Airport Notes
Bolivia Cochabamba Jorge Wilstermann International Airport
Bolivia La Paz El Alto International Airport
Bolivia Santa Cruz de la Sierra Viru Viru International Airport
Perú Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport
United States Miami Miami International Airport
Venezuela Caracas Simon Bolivar International Airport

Additionally, TAB serves a wide range of charter routes.

Fleet

Current fleet

The TAB fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of January 2021):[7][8]

Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos Fleet
Aircraft In
Service
Orders Notes
McDonnell Douglas MD-10-30F 1
Total 1

Former fleet

Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos Former Fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Lockheed C-130 Hercules [9] 1 1977 2014 Transferred to the Bolivian Air Force
Lockheed C-382 Hercules 1 1999 2014
Douglas DC-8-54CF 1 1991 1999 Leased from Transconsult Ltd
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10F 1 2007 2014
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F 1 2009 2016

References

  1. ^ a b TAB entry at airlineupdate.com[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Airline codes and callsigns". airodyssey.net. 2005-01-01. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "TAB Cargo Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Please verify your request". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "CP-2791 TAB Cargo McDonnell Douglas MD-10-30F". Planespotters.net. Retrieved .
  6. ^ http://www.tabairlines.com/schedules.htm
  7. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World: 7. October 2019.
  8. ^ "TAB Cargo Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "Airframe Details for C-130 #4759". www.c-130.net. Retrieved .

External links


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