TAME - Línea Aérea del Ecuador is an Ecuadorian airline based in Quito and based on the Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre.


1962 organized by the Air Force of Ecuador a transport service in the interior in order to improve the poor infrastructure of the country. The name is derived from TAME Transportes Aéreos Militares Ecuatorianos. With two DC -3 Transportes Aereos Militares called airline launched its first connection to the remote area of the country that are not served other airlines. These included the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, which have now been one to fly twice a month. Until the introduction of the DC-6 received the DC-3 external fuel tanks to make the long haul.

1970 was the airline turboprop Hawker Siddeley HS 748 type, which replaced some DC-3 fleet. But the last DC-3 left until the beginning of the 90s the fleet. In the same year, 1970, TAME was formally dissolved by the military and converted into a public limited company. Nevertheless, they remained in state ownership. 1972 was taken over by TAME the regional route network of the Compania de Aviación Ecuatorina and used aircraft Lockheed L -188 Electra and Douglas DC-7.

In 1980, the Boeing 727-200, the first jet to the fleet and in the following year, 1981, the Boeing 737-200. 1984 and 1985 were used Boeing 727-100 to do so.

In 1992, the first international destination was served with the city of Cali. In the aftermath TAME also worked as a feeder for Air France and Lufthansa from Caracas, and the company flew to Havana and Miami. In the 1990s, TAME had some serious accidents with their machines. Thus, it was often and long debated the safety standards of the airline.

After TAME has already received two Embraer 170, the Ecuadorian airline has a new Embraer 190 get delivered in June 2006, were taken over by the now two more units. With the Ausflottung the last Boeing 727-200 in mid-2009, the modernization of the fleet was completed.

The company is managed today by the military. Although they mainly employed civilian personnel, the vast majority of leadership positions, however, are staffed by Air Force officers.


As of July 2013, the fleet of the airline consists of 17 aircraft with an average age of 8.6 years:

  • 4 Airbus A319 -100
  • 5 Airbus A320 -200
  • 1 Airbus A330 -200
  • 3 ATR 42-500
  • 2 Embraer 170
  • 2 Embraer 190