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TAB Transportes Aereos Bolivianos

TAB - Transportes Aereos Bolivianos is a Bolivian civil cargo transport airline. Service from the United States to Bolivia is to Santa Cruz, La Paz, and Cochabamba.


TAB was created as a subsidiary company of the Bolivian Air Force in 1977. It is subordinate to the Air Transport Management (Gerencia de Transportes Aereos) and is headed by an FAB general. TAB operates a charter heavy cargo airline linking Bolivia with most countries of the Western Hemisphere; its inventory included a fleet of Hercules C130 aircraft. TAB's Base of operations was headquartered at El Alto, adjacent to La Paz's El Alto International Airport. TAB also flew to Miami and Houston, with stops in Panama. The General Manager of Transport Aereo Boliviano is Walter Alvarez Agramonte.

Formed in 1977, TAB suspended its operations in 1992 to and from the United States, however, in 1999 TAB was reactivated with Luis Trigo Antelo being appointed as the Chief Executive. At the beginning of his administration, TAB's only two aircraft were a C-130 and L- 382 , both of which were outside of Bolivia. In June 1992, flights between the United States and Bolivia were resumed, through a lease contract with a DC-8, with an initial capacity of 35 tons and a weekly flight, but by the demands of cargo, arrived to two per week. The two C-130 Hercules, then out of service, were also overhauled.

The Manager of GT, said that in 1999 the company moved 84,649 kilograms of cargo, in 2000, over 2 million kilograms, and in 2006 transported 4,176,429 kilograms of cargo.

TAB's Alpha Code is (TB) and its Numerical Code is (901)



La Paz, El Alto, International Airport

Santa cruz Viru Viru International Airport

Cochabamba, Jorge Wilstermann International Airport

United States

Miami, Miami International Airport 1601 N.W. 70th Ave. - Miami, FL. 33126


TAB itself owns a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10(F) since 2007-07-28 with the registration number CP-2489 (formerly N68044). The DC-10 is mostly used for flights to and from the United States. TAB also operates several FAB owned aircraft.


On 28 SEP 1979 TAB Flight 4744, a Lockheed C-130H Hercules registration CP-1375, crashed during take off from Tocumen International Airport in Panama City (Panama) killing all 4 crewman. The aircraft itself was written off as "damaged beyond repair". The cause of the crash is still unknown.

See also

TAM - Transporte Aereo Militar

Linea Aerea Amaszonas (Amaszonas Airline)

External links

Official site

Transportes Aereos Bolivianos incorporates a DC10 cargo airplane (Spanish)

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