Romania’s Airline Tarom: Last A310 Hits Scrapheap

Written by on November 1, 2016 in Bulgaria, Business, Economy - No comments

Romania’s airline Tarom has ended its widebody jet era, by getting rid of its last Airbus A310. This model was built from 1983 to 1998. A total of 255 A310s, which was the successor of the A300, were built.

The last flight this aircraft was used for, took place on October 29th, 2016, according to ch-aviation.com. The jet with the tail code YR-LCA took passengers from Madrid to Bucharest that day, as flight no. RO416.

In the past, Tarom used to own a total of three Airbus A310 widebody jets, which flew to New York, Montréal, Beijing, other Asian destinations and European capitals.

The Romanian Secretary of State for Transport, Ionut Masteanu, recently said that a fleet renewal would play a key role in a planned restructuring of the airline. He also announced “painful cuts”, since the airline is under pressure from Blue Air, Ryanair and other cheap flight competitors. Currently, Romania holds 97.17% of Tarom’s shares. Several flight destinations were already scrapped.

Since the last A310 was dumped, Tarom’s fleet now consists of eight Boeing 737s (300 and 700 series, four each), four Airbus A318s as well as nine ATR commuter aircraft.

The Airbus A310 has been involved in a total of eight deadly accidents, in which hundreds of passengers and crew died. One of the lost planes was owned by Tarom. On March 31st, 1995, that aircraft crashed near Bucharest after the throttle on the right engine jammed. All 60 people aboard that plane were killed instantly, when the Airbus slammed into the ground.

By im.

Photo: The very A310, which was just taken out of service.

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