Ecuador’s TAME airline, which is in the process of liquidation, managed to sell two Embraer E190 jets that have been parked at Quito Airport since 2020, when operations were suspended.
The company RASG Consulting, specialized in dismantling and selling aircraft parts, was the winner of the auction, offering US$1,353,605 for the aircraft registered HC-CGF and US$1,205,490 for the HC-CGG jet. Bids are $100,000 higher than TAME’s minimum asking price.
Everything indicates that RASG will dismantle the two E190s manufactured in 2007 and which have accumulated 25,326 and 28,777 cycles and then resell the components on the second-hand market.
Three companies participated in the auction, Aviation Services, BIAero and RASG, which made the highest bid.
It was the second auction launched by TAME after the failure of the first attempt.
TAME was founded in 1962 by the Ecuadorian Air Force to provide integration flights in the South American country. Over time, the carrier became Ecuador’s flag airline.
In 2011, the airline was transformed into a state-owned company with no connection to the Air Force. The new phase, however, did not produce the expected results and in May 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, the Ecuadorian government decided to liquidate TAME.