The administrators of the bankrupt estate of TAME, a state-owned airline that went into liquidation in 2020, put the company’s last aircraft up for sale, two Embraer E190 jets that were manufactured in 2007.
Created as a transport division of the Ecuadorian Air Force in 1962, TAME (Transportes Aéreos Militares Ecuatorianos) became the largest airline in the country and operated from ATR turboprops to Airbus A330 widebodies.
The financial crisis, worsened by growing competition and the Covid-19 pandemic, caused the government of the South American country to close the airline.
Some aircraft ended up being sold to cover expenses such as three ATR 42-500 in 2022 while a third E190 (HC-CPE) was passed on to the Ecuadorian Army.
The two remaining E190 jets, with registration HC-CGF and HC-CGG, ended up not attracting any interest in the first auction.
According to the organizers, the Embraer HC-CGF has a starting price of US$1,253,605 and has accumulated 28,777 cycles and 20,718 flight hours.
The E190 registered HC-CGG is flown less, with 25,326 cycles and 17,307 flight hours, however, its base value is lower, at US$1,105,490.
The auction was launched on November 17th and interested parties will have until the end of the month to clarify their doubts and visit the aircraft that are parked at Quito Airport.
Proposals can be submitted until December 11th, when offers will be opened. The auction result is scheduled for December 18th.