Romanian flag carrier Tarom has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to dry lease up to 13 regional jets, the Romanian flag carrier announced in a tender.

According to the documents provided by the state-owned carrier, the requested aircraft must offer a seat capacity of between 70 and 120 passengers in a two-class configuration. Minimum range required is 1,400 nautical miles; maximum takeoff weight is 62 tonnes.

According to the airline’s website, the Bucharest-based carrier operates a fleet of four Airbus A318s, four Boeing 737-300s, four 737-700s, two 737-800s, seven ATR 42-500s and two ATR 72-500s.

The carrier flies to destinations in Romania, Central and Eastern Europe, as well as to northern, western and southern Europe. It also serves Africa and the Middle East.

The financially troubled SkyTeam member is also trying to sell its two Airbus A310-325s, including a Pratt & Whitney PW4156A spare engine.

No details have been made available about plans last year to lease three widebody aircraft for long-haul services.

ATW understands that in the 1970s and 1980s, Tarom operated a long-haul network that included North America and Asia.

Tarom’s last long-haul routes, which included the US and China, were suspended in the early 2000s.

Kurt Hofmann hofmann.aviation@netway.at