TAROM development plan for 2016 - 2018
Update: Dear aviation lovers, this article was written for April 1. It contains real elements, but the ideas about the plan are only dreams. We hope that one day we can say that it was not just illusions
On March 21, following the TAROM board meeting, Christian Heinzmann, the general manager of the company Tarom, and Tiberiu Ticlea, the administrative director of the company, were dismissed from office. The interim management of the company was taken over by Gabriel Stoe, who held the position of financial director at Tarom.
TAROM development plan
These changes came amid tensions, which have recently increased at TAROM. It all culminated in an incident in Budapest, when a TAROM-type ATR aircraft had to return to Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport.
Another issue at TAROM is the budget. It has not been approved by the Government. Expect a medium and long-term strategy to rehabilitate the company. Discussions on the modernization of the TAROM fleet are being carried out from 2014, and again the 2 Airbus A310 aircraft are millstones for the national carrier.
AirlinesTravel has obtained a number of sources from TAROM's new strategy for development and modernization. As it has been launched, TAROM will lease widebody aircraft for medium and long flights. TAROM wants to relaunch on long-haul flights. Attention has been focused on Emirates's 3 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. In 2016, Emirates will withdraw from the operational 26 aircraft service: 12 x A330-300, 4 x A340-300, 1 x A340-500, 6 x Boeing 777-200ER, 2 x Boeing 777-300 and 1 x Boeing 777-X.
The new acquisitions will allow TAROM to resume flights to New York, Montreal and Hong Kong. This will be possible from the 2017 summer season. The 3 Boeing 777-200ER will be able to carry up to 278 passengers, in a configuration with 2 classes.
For short and medium flights, TAROM is considering the acquisition of Bombardier CS100 aircraft. On 19 March, a plane The CS100 bomber from the test fleet arrived in Bucharest. TAROM engineers proposed it for the modernization of the fleet. CS100 is a modern, new generation aircraft and can carry 120 passengers in a configuration with 2 classes. The new aircraft will enter the TAROM fleet starting with 2017 and will be used on domestic and regional routes.
If we are still talking about domestic flights, a growing market through the entry of low-cost operators, TAROM will resume flights to Sibiu, Craiova, Baia Mare and Constanţa. We know very well that TAROM has lost its monopoly on flights to Iasi, Cluj and Timisoara. As new routes, in addition to the long-haul and domestic routes, TAROM will also fly to Ibiza, Palermo, Abu Dhabi and Doha.
Under the new plan, the TAROM fleet will consist of: 3 x Boeing 777-200ER, 5 x Bombardier CS100, 10 x Boeing 737, 4 x Airbus A318. The "ATR-free without fear" will be completely abandoned. As can be seen, TAROM is targeting aircraft manufactured in North America.