Surinam Airways has become a new Boeing 777-200 ER operator.
Formerly with Singapore Airlines as 9V-SVL, Boeing 777-212 ER, registered as PZ-TCU (msn 32336), arrived in Paramaribo on December 20, 2019.
The new type will be assigned to the Paramaribo – Amsterdam route.
The new Boeing 777 replaces Airbus A340-300s which were formerly operated on the route. PT-TCR operated the last A340 revenue flight on October 27, 2019 (PY 994 PBM-AMS). Surinam was previously wet-leasing a Boeing 77-200 from Privilege Style.
Surinam Airways only Airbus A340-300 (PZ-TCR), assigned to the Paramaribo – Amsterdam route, is currently in long-term maintenance at Hahn, Germany.
According to Luchtvaart Nieuws, the aircraft has been grounded since early January due to landing gear issues which will have to be replaced. The aircraft is not expected to be back in service until late March due to a full C check.
As a consequence, the flag carrier has been forced to hire other airlines to fly the route. Wamos Air and Privilege Style have been sub-contracting on the route, which is an expensive proposition for Surinam.
How long will Surinam continue to operate this very expensive route and aging aircraft type? Can it compete with KLM?
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Ex-Air France PZ-TCP was the original A340 and was replaced by PZ-TZR. Surinam Airways Airbus A340-311 PZ-TCP (msn 049) AMS (Wim Callaert). Image: 904443.
Surinam Airways (Paramaribo) is planning to offer summer seasonal service to Sanford, Florida (near Orlando) from July 2 through September 25. The one-stop service (stopping in Georgetown) will be operated weekly with Boeing 737-300 aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-36N PZ-TCO (msn 28669) prepares to land at Miami International Airport.
Surinam Airways (Paramaribo) is celebrating 50 years as an airline. Organized in 1953, the airline commenced scheduled commercial operations on January 6, 1955 as SLM (Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij) flying from Paramaribo to Moengo with a Cessna 170B aircraft. The Surinam Airways name was adopted in 1966 and gradually replaced all references to SLM.
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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Ex-Air France Airbus A340-311 F-GLZG became PZ-TCP (msn 049) with Surinam Airways and is the European lifeline aircraft for the company flying between Paramaribo and Amsterdam.
Surinam Airways (Paramaribo) will restore nonstop twice-weekly Paramaribo-Miami flights starting on April 3 per Airline Route. The current route operates three times a week via a stop at Aruba. The new flights are additional flights.
Surinam Airways (Paramaribo) will retire its only Boeing 747-300 on November 26. Ex-KLM 747-306 PZ-TCM (msn 23508) will not be replaced right away by new acquisition and ex-Air France Airbus A340-311 F-GLZG (msn 049). F-GLZG still needs approval for operations in Surinam.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.
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