Tame Ecuador concludes transition to civilian control

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Ecuador's national airline Tame has concluded the process to become a fully civilian company, after the air force withdrew its last remaining directors from the carrier's board.

Last week the Ecuadorian president's office released a decree that renewed the board of the national carrier, leaving it without military control for the first time in its history. The three last remaining board members were the country's minister of defense, the commander in chief of the rrmed forces and the head of the air force.

The new board is composed by Ecuador's minister of transport and public works, who will act as chairman, as well as several other high level government members.

This concludes Tame's transition towards full civilian management, which was mandated by Ecuador's new constitution in 2008 that prohibits the armed forces to enter into economic activities that are not related to the external defense of the country. A major milestone was achieved in late 2011 when Rafael Farias was appointed the airline's first civilian chief executive.

Tame has undergone a complete fleet and management renewal programme in recent years and is now the countries largest airline. It operates a fleet of 13 Airbus, Embraer and ATR aircraft to 13 domestic destinations and a growing number of international markets.