Bucharest - Beijing with TAROM, possible from 29 March to 2014

Bucharest - Beijing with TAROM, possible from 29 March 2014

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The Minister of Transport, Ramona Mănescu, announced at the opening of the Government meeting that TAROM will resume flights on the Bucharest - Beijing route. Ramona Mănescu also said that discussions had already taken place with the management of the company and that for the beginning "it is possible to reopen the Beijing-Bucharest line with two flights a week".

Today's news brought a smile to my lips and I remembered the farce made on 1 April - Beijing - Bucharest with China Eastern Airlines, since the summer of 2013. Here it was not to be from the summer of 2013, but it is likely to be from the summer of 2014. And it will be operated by China Eastern Airlines but by TAROM. Farsa started from a desire we all have, long-haul direct flights departing from Bucharest to Asia and the United States. I chose Beijing because I felt it was a very desirable destination, and my instinct seems to have not deceived me.

The flights could be honored with 2 Airbus A310 aircraft, unfortunately quite old. They are maintained very well, but with great financial efforts, and the fuel consumption is "huge". Airbus A310 is a medium and long courier twin-engine aircraft and has two colors. A310 was not a popular aircraft, being produced only 255 units, during the period 1983 - 1998. Flight range can be up to 6,800 km (A310-200) and up to 9600 Km (A310-300).

We look forward to the day when a TAROM plane takes off to Beijing on a commercial flight.

4 Comments
  1. just-me says

    It would be terrible to operate them with A310, we would return in the years 80-90. An A330 (wishful thinking) would be ideal.

    1. Sorin Rusi says

      Yes, they would not be profitable.

  2. Master RA says

    Good thing it's not 1 April ... I'm one who flies often in Asia, and I can't wait to fly BUH-Pekin, or BUH-BKK without a stop! From experience I speak, it is very difficult to operate these routes with A310, besides the very old age, the Tarom airplanes, they are also unprofitable - high consumption, and expensive maintenance! We can also talk about the entertainment on board, which is missing at A310, I think of the TV in the back of the seats, etc., which for a flight of 9 hours counts.
    With 2 weekly flights, it doesn't pay much for the route. Another problem, I do not see the Romanian market, to offer 400 of passengers (2 × 200) per week. Tarom has to think about "gathering" passengers from neighboring countries - Bulgaria, Moldova, maybe Hungary (Serbia lost if it entered Etihad). China flights are volume flights, the ticket prices are quite low - around 650E - we got, on offer and 485 E. There is also the possibility of cargo, but here are airlines, cheaper than Tarom.
    Romanians, who go to Asia, generally fly with Turkish (60-70%), and the rest with Lufthansa, Austrian or Qatar.
    Isn't it better to rent a new plane, more economical - there are enough on the market, why not, maybe even from the LOT, how does Finnair?!?

    1. Sorin Rusi says

      Totally agree! There are many logistics problems!

      Maybe we can help the Chinese with a plane 😀

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