You are perfectly right BA
, Tarom is currently flying 3 weekly between Bucharest and Beirut using NG
B737-700 (twice a week) and B737- 300 (once a week) on the route.
After stopping in Beirut two of these flights are continuing onto Amman and than back again to Beirut on their way to Bucharest.
These particular flights are operated with B737-700 and B737-300. Total seat capacity for the two weekly AMM bound flights (via BEY) 242. Assuming a 50 - 50 split, between passengers traveling to Beirut and Amman, and adding the Beirut bound only capacity ( B 737-700 : 116 seat) we have 237 weekly seats for Beirut.
Since Tarom doesn’t have ERJ-135 in its fleet this is just a hypothetical analysis: Dividing 237 weekly seats by 37 seat - the ERJ 135 seat capacity - you have approximately 7 days service between OTP and BEY using this type of aircraft. Of course this is based on an ideal 100% load factor. More likely 5 weekly service would be much closer to reality.
From what I know Tarom doesn’t hold Fifth Rights on BEY-AMM segment so basically they are flying an half empty B737 for just another 225 km into Amman and other 225 km back to Beirut. That means Tarom is incurring four B737 landing / take-off fees at BEY and two at AMM plus all associated extra fuel, handling, catering, ATC costs.
Doesn’t sound like efficient use of an aircraft designed to fly ranges of 4000 to 6000 km. The distance between Bucharest and Beirut is just 1,441 km ( 1,666 km to Amman)
In my opinion using an ERJ 135 designed to economically fly ranges of around 2400- 3150 km could improve Tarom’s profitability on the route. Spreading out the service to one daily would offer increased flexibility to passengers bound to various European / Middle East destination via Bucharest. By the same token Amman could also get its own direct, non-stop service.
Let's not forget Tarom is bound again to a US $20 Mil loss this year alone.