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To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:47 pm

OVERVIEW

The Embraer E-jets (E170, E175, E190, E195) are quite rare in South America. That’s why I saw my recent trip to Ecuador as a great opportunity to test the E190 for the first time, flying TAME’s examples.

Part of my trip involved traveling from Baltra (GPS) to UIO. The flight stopped in its way to Quito in Guayaquil. Even though the flight after Guayaquil anyways continued to UIO (in the same common A320), I decided to change flight number (and airplane) there for a later flight, with the E190.

Due to an equipment change, I ended up in a magnificent 727, but I didn’t know that by then.

Complicated, huh?

GYE

The boring TAME A320 (powered with CFM engines, strange, the A320 in which I went to GPS had IAE engines) arrived on time at GYE, and, after a short taxi, we were at our gate.

A PA from the crew announced to all Quito bound passengers to stay on board, and that the stop would last about 40 minutes.

Not for me, I was indeed going to Quito, but in a very anticipated E190 trip.

Fortunately, the bags were checked all the way through to Quito, so I didn’t have to worry about them at all in GYE. Actually, as I learned afterwards, the bags were never taken off the A320; they arrived quite earlier than me to UIO.

In summary, I was soon out landside in GYE. Took the opportunity to take a picture of the Domestic Arrivals area.

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Before going airside again, I walked a bit through the terminal, and exited it for a few minutes. Beautiful airport!

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Where are we?

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Security was a breeze. Being this a domestic flight, there was not Immigration, Passport stamping, etc... For somebody from Uruguay, where there are no domestic flights, this is quite a novelty.

EQUIPMENT CHANGE
The gates area have a great look over the apron and aircraft. From there I had a very good look of various arriving (and departing) planes, including “my” TAME E190 and a beautiful TAME B727.

As soon as the E190 parked at a gate, I knew something was off. It was not the gate in which my flight was going to depart.

According to the Flight Board, the plane in the gate the E190 docked was going to UIO as well, but departing 15 minutes after my flight.

It didn’t have a flight number, it was simply EQ ESP (Especial? –Special?)



A charter flight.



The E190 that usually covered my flight was reassigned that day to a charter flight.

Opportunity to fly the E190? Lost.

At least I caught a good glimpse of it. So near and yet so far away....

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THE FLIGHT

But my day lit up when I saw what had just docked at “my” gate.

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The last time I flew a 727 was about ten years ago, a long, long time ago.

I realized the E190 is the future and that there will be plenty of chances to fly on it; but on the B727?? Don’t think so.

And I always considered myself a big fan of the 727. I was also eager to meet this old lady again, after so many years, when I used to fly her very frequently with LAB - Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano.

The 727 always looks magnificent.

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Soon boarding was called. The interior looked old, but well, you’ll expect that on a 727, right? However, it was very clean and perfectly maintained.

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Old fashioned seat pockets...

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During boarding, a lady passenger approached the man that was seated two rows in front of me. It seemed they both had the same seat assignment. The FA, knowing we had a very light load, directed the female passenger to any other seat she liked; and then investigated what had happened.

The crew soon realized what happened.

The flight (just as my original one) had originated in Galapagos (San Cristobal island – not Baltra), with final destination UIO via GYE. The passenger two rows in front of me was only checked in to GYE.

He threw a little tantrum, it seems he paid for a ticket to UIO in a travel agency, etc... and refused to deboard. Finally, after a lot of insisting from the cabin crew, he had no choice but to deboard, purchase a last minute ticket to UIO, and travel an hour later. He was quite angry with the travel agency, though.

At about that time a very pretty young woman entered the plane. The cabin went silent for a minute and then seemingly everyone stood up and approached her with a camera, paper and a pen (autographs) She turned out to be a famous contestant in Ecuador’s version of “Bailando por un sueño” (Dancing for a dream)

As you can see in this picture, the load was quite low.

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Cabin door was closed, safety briefing done (manually, of course) and we started moving towards the runway.

At about that time I was treated to a display of the 727´s impressive slats.

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Takeoff was in the direction of Guayaquil center. A left turn made us pass right over the Malecón. All passengers were treated with a very nice view of it before it disappeared below clouds.

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How amazing it is to fly on a 727!!! Unfortunately, all the way from GYE to UIO, and the beautiful scenery en route. were covered in clouds. Didn’t matter to me, I was in a 727, that’s enoug.

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727...

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Service on this short flight consisted on a drink service plus a pancake. Excellent for the flight’s duration, and certainly better than nothing at Pluna on the similar length MVD-AEP flight (see my previous TR on Pluna´s new CRJ900NexGens)

Soon after the cabin crew picked everything up, descent started. We were soon inside thick clouds...

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Then we finally got a glimpse of what laid below.

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Speedbrakes

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And we were treated with those awesome slats again.

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A first glance of Quito

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And landing. At the end of the video, you can get a glimpse of IB´s unfortunate A340-600.



Slats... no slats

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A last glimpse of the cabin on deboarding.

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Deboarding was done via stairs; and then walking to the terminal. This made for some great pictures of this beautiful bird.

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And that was it. Flying the 727 again was an amazing experience. Unfortunately, I think this might have been my last ever B727 flight.

TAME’s service was great and impressive for such a short flight. I strongly recommend them for any Ecuadorian air travel.

BONUS

Baltra airport offers some great spotting opportunities. For example, you get to walk across the ramp towards your aircraft for boarding. Here are some pictures

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FMAL
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:25 pm

Great TR, tks for sharing your travel experience!
 
ppcd
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:13 pm

Haha, good report, I had a good laugh at the dog movie , a movie that doesn't seem to appear anymore. Weird.

[Edited 2008-07-30 15:16:28]
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:21 pm



Quoting FMAL (Reply 1):
Great TR, tks for sharing your travel experience!

Thanks, and your welcome!

Quoting Ppcd (Reply 2):
Haha, good report, I had a good laugh at the dog movie , a movie that doesn't seem to appear anymore. Weird.

Sorry, I didn´t get your comment. What dog movie you are talking about?
 
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:47 pm

When I've clicked the "Play" button on the movie, photobucket randomly selected another movie with a funny dog, some kind of a mistake. Nevermind, great report.
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:16 am

Great report and pics!

Quoting PlunaCRJ (Thread starter):
I realized the E190 is the future and that there will be plenty of chances to fly on it; but on the B727?? Don’t think so.

You're right about that! It's wonderful you got another chance to fly on this beautiful and historic aircraft. I remember when I used to think a NW or DL 727 flight was nothing special...oh how I'd love to have the chance now to fly one of those again!

Quito looks beautiful, would love to go there.

Thanks for sharing!
 
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:21 am

Wow, so many Ecuador reports recently. I flew to the Galapagos with Tame a couple of weeks ago as well and ended up on the A320 outbound and E190 back, no 727 for me  Sad. I am just putting the finishing touches to a TR about that, I got the cockpit jumpseat on the A320 from GYE-GPS which was spectacular.

Nice report anyway!
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:49 pm

"Tame" - an interesting name for an airline - haha. Great report and fantastic pics though - looks like a really cool experience. Thanks for sharing!
 
Pu752
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:11 pm

Awesome TR my friend! ............ you're one hell of a lucky guy to get the chance to fly a 727 nowadays, I wouldn't mind flying 6 hrs to GYE in order just to fly in the 727 again Big grin
 
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:10 pm

Terrific report; would really love to visit Ecuador sometime.

Incidentally, one of TAME's 727-100s, HC-BLE, is now in FAE livery - a kind of olive green. Is the aircraft active and what kind of routes does it fly?
 
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:58 pm



Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 5):
Great report and pics!

Thanks!

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 5):
You're right about that! It's wonderful you got another chance to fly on this beautiful and historic aircraft. I remember when I used to think a NW or DL 727 flight was nothing special...oh how I'd love to have the chance now to fly one of those again!

Yes, I am indeed very happy about this - probably last - oportunity to fly on the 737-200. I also remember when flying the LAB- Lloyd Aereo Bolivano 727s, Copa´s 737-200s (and 100!) Pluna´s 737-200 was just normal and quite boring for me.

I was so excieted when CMs new 737-700 started arriving! Nowadays, I would one thousand times prefer to go on one of the original -200s

I am currently very excited about Pluna renovating its fleet from mainly 737-200 to CRJ900NG´s. But those -200 will surely be missed!

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 5):
Quito looks beautiful, would love to go there.

Quito is a beautiful city. People, architecture, history, clime, etc.. are all great If you can go there, I absolutely recommend it.

Quoting LHR27C (Reply 6):
Wow, so many Ecuador reports recently. I flew to the Galapagos with Tame a couple of weeks ago as well and ended up on the A320 outbound and E190 back, no 727 for me

Yeah, there was another Ecuador TR posted here recently. Was it yours?

A leat you got to fly on the E190.

Quoting LHR27C (Reply 6):
I am just putting the finishing touches to a TR about that, I got the cockpit jumpseat on the A320 from GYE-GPS which was spectacular.

I´ll be waiting! Lucky you that you got to ride on the jumpseat. How did you make it?

Quoting 9W748Capt (Reply 7):
"Tame" - an interesting name for an airline - haha.

For native english speakers - yes. TAME stands for Transportes Aereos Militares Ecuatorianos, or Ecuadorian Military Air Transport; TAME was created as an offshoot of Ecuador´s air force. (right?)

Quoting PU752 (Reply 8):
Awesome TR my friend! ............ you're one hell of a lucky guy to get the chance to fly a 727 nowadays, I wouldn't mind flying 6 hrs to GYE in order just to fly in the 727 again

Thanks. As I said before, I do indeed feel very privileged to have flown a 727 nowadays.

If you fly the 6 hours to GYE, you can indeed catch a 727 flight plus have a great time in such a beautiful country like Ecuador! It is incredible how such a small country can offer so many different things.

You might even also get on a E190 flight! Good deal, eh?

At least we in Uruguay already have our own south american rare plane to try, the CRJ900NG.

Quoting Kaitak (Reply 9):
Terrific report; would really love to visit Ecuador sometime

Thanks, I am sure that if you go to Ecuador you wont be dissapointed!
 
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:41 am

I enjoyed this report very much, thank you! It is always a pleasure to see the magnificent 727, i did the same flight several years ago when Tame had a different livery; that 727 then crashed in Colombia, a flight on behalf of Air France..

Quoting 9W748Capt (Reply 7):
"Tame" - an interesting name for an airline - haha. Great report and fantastic pics though - looks like a really cool experience. Thanks for sharing!

TAME = It was originally: Transporte Aereo Militar Ecuatoriano (Ecuadorian Military Air Transport) it later changed to Transportes Aereos Mercantiles Ecuatorianos. (Ecuadorian Merchants Air Transports).

Quoting PlunaCRJ (Thread starter):
The Embraer E-jets (E170, E175, E190, E195) are quite rare in South America.

not that rare in my opinion:

- Tame in Ecuador: 5
- Satena in Colombia: 2
- Aerorepublica in Colombia: 9
- Some in Brazil...

Not in South America, but plenty of them in Panama and Mexico too..  Smile
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:41 am



Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 11):
I enjoyed this report very much, thank you!

You are welcome.

Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 11):
TAME = It was originally: Transporte Aereo Militar Ecuatoriano (Ecuadorian Military Air Transport) it later changed to Transportes Aereos Mercantiles Ecuatorianos. (Ecuadorian Merchants Air Transports).

That´s interesting, I wasn´t aware the "m" in Tame now standed for "Mercantiles". I thought it was still "Militares".

Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 11):
Quoting PlunaCRJ (Thread starter):
The Embraer E-jets (E170, E175, E190, E195) are quite rare in South America.

not that rare in my opinion:

- Tame in Ecuador: 5
- Satena in Colombia: 2
- Aerorepublica in Colombia: 9
- Some in Brazil...

Rare in southersouth america then.... what E-jets operate in Brazil?

The closest Ejets to Uruguay are Tame´s... 6 hours flying time away.
 
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:50 pm



Quoting PlunaCRJ (Reply 10):
Yeah, there was another Ecuador TR posted here recently. Was it yours?

Nope, but mine will be following shortly.

Quoting PlunaCRJ (Reply 10):
I´ll be waiting! Lucky you that you got to ride on the jumpseat. How did you make it?

Pulled a few strings, but it's not too hard in Ecuador to be honest...
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:04 am

Great report, always nice to see 727 reviews here. The 727's cabin seemed to be in good shape.

Quoting PlunaCRJ (Thread starter):
The boring TAME A320 (powered with CFM engines, strange, the A320 in which I went to GPS had IAE engines) arrived on time at GYE, and, after a short taxi, we were at our gate.

I wouldn't call a TAME A320 boring - well at least from a European point of view.  Wink

HC-CGJ (CFM-powered) is an ex-Star Airlines/XL France aircraft, recently added to TAME's fleet. The days of the IAE-powered A320s in the fleet are numbered. HC-CDZ was already transferred to TAM, HC-CDY is about to follow.

Quoting PlunaCRJ (Thread starter):
I realized the E190 is the future and that there will be plenty of chances to fly on it; but on the B727?? Don’t think so.

Very true, in a few years you will have trouble to avoid the E-Jets.


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ALexeu
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:25 am

Very nice trip report ! Glad to see a 727 t/r.

Did you ever fly with Lan Ecuador? I would like to see Lan's transatlantic t/r.

Cheers
 
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:54 am



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
Great report, always nice to see 727 reviews here.

You´re welcome

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
wouldn't call a TAME A320 boring - well at least from a European point of view.

But it is still an A320...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
HC-CGJ (CFM-powered) is an ex-Star Airlines/XL France aircraft, recently added to TAME's fleet. The days of the IAE-powered A320s in the fleet are numbered. HC-CDZ was already transferred to TAM, HC-CDY is about to follow.

That´s interesting, thank you for your clarification.

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 15):
Very nice trip report ! Glad to see a 727 t/r.

You´re welcome.

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 15):
Did you ever fly with Lan Ecuador? I would like to see Lan's transatlantic t/r.

I flew with LAN Ecuador; but not transatlantic - no need to do it since I live in South America. I flew MVD-AEP with Pluna (TR posted in here) and then EZE-GYE-UIO with LAN.

Didn´t take the pictures for a TR since I fly them very much, in fact, I have done a couple of LAN TRs in here already, for previous flights.
 
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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:37 pm

The pictures in this TR speak for them self: Very gorgeous. I agree with you on how you can walk on the ramp to your plane and take pictures. Awesome trip report as it reminds me the last time I flew on a 727; 1997 on TZ MCO-MDW.

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RE: To Quito In Tame´s Boeing 727. Pics & Vid

Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:10 pm

Nice report and pictures, how great to fly on a 727 again, not been on one in years!

Quoting PlunaCRJ (Thread starter):
But my day lit up when I saw what had just docked at “my” gate

- I can imagine how you felt  Smile

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