Bolivian Lifelines

Transporte Aéreo Militar (TAM) connected Bolivia’s biggest cities and most remote towns and villages using an eclectic mix of vintage airliners. Bernd Sturm recalls a visit to the South American nation during the carrier’s heyday

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This Boeing 727-200 was acquired in 2011 and would become the largest aircraft to wear TAM's corporate colours 
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In many parts of the world, domestic routes considered vital for a nation’s infrastructure but not lucrative enough to be run profitably are operated by airlines under contract from – and subsidised by – the state.

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