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The struggle of Surinam Airways

Surinam Airways (Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij-SLM) is the flag carrier of Suriname, based in Paramaribo.

The carrier operates regional and long-haul scheduled passenger services under its codes but is struggling.

Surinam Airways is wholly owned by the Government of Suriname.

COVID-19 forced the flag carrier to give up the leases of its aircraft. The carrier does not currently have any aircraft. It is forced to find operators to sub-lease their aircraft to Surinam in order to operate their coded flights.

The premier route is from Paramaribo to Amsterdam. Airhub Airlines has been operating the route but recent cancellations have stranded passengers.

Can the airline is name only, survive?

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Surinam Airways adds its first Boeing 777-200 ER

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.

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Surinam Airways only Airbus A340-300 is in long-term maintenance

Surinam Airways Airbus A340-311 PZ-TCP (msn 049) AMS (Wim Callaert). Image: 904443.

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.

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Surinam Airways is coming to Sanford, Florida

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 aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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The new Eastern and Surinam Airways announce a strategic partnership, the first Boeing 737-800 is due to be introduced in Miami on December 19

Eastern Air Lines (2nd) (Miami) and Surinam Airways (Paramaribo) have announced a strategic partnership including operational support, maintenance and training according to this joint statement:

Surinam Airways and Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. announced on November 13 a strategic partnership between the two airlines, encompassing cooperation in the areas of operational support, maintenance, and training.

The partnership will eventually include mutual support in sales and marketing.

“We are very pleased and honored to partner with Surinam Airways, and to support each other as we grow our airlines. Surinam Airways is an excellent operator with a breadth of experience and we expect to share best practices and find common areas of cost reduction and operational support.” said Ed Wegel, President and CEO of Eastern Air Lines.

“Surinam Airways is delighted to be in a partnership with the new Eastern Air Lines. We believe this is an effective way for our airline to extend its reach by cooperating with Eastern at its Miami base of operations. We look forward to our teams working together to find operational synergies between our two airlines.” Said Ewald Henshuijs, CEO of Surinam Airways.

On the weekend of November 22 the new airline held a recruiting session for new flight attendants.

Eastern Air Lines plans to begin operating Boeing 737-800 aircraft from its Miami base in early 2015. The new Eastern will initially operate as a charter airline and is currently going through its AOC certification process. The next proving phase will start on the arrival of the first Boeing 737-800 in Miami.

According to the Miami Herald, the majority stockholder in the company is Vincent Viola who is also the co-owner of the Florida Panthers. The team is likely to become one of the early charter customers.

Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Former Kenya Airways Boeing 737-8AL 5Y-KYB (msn 35070), currently at Shannon, Ireland, will become N276EA “Spirit of Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker” on delivery. N276EA is due to be formally introduced on December 19 at a ceremony at Miami International Airport.

The original Eastern Airlines (1st) aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Surinam Airways aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Surinam Airways celebrates 50 years

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.

Read the full story from the Curacao Chronicle: CLICK HERE

Surinam Airways (Flying on Trusted Wings) coverPeter Sanches has written a beautiful book (we helped Peter with many of the photos) on the first 50 years of Surinam Airways: Flying on Trusted Wings: 50 Years of Surinam Airways (hardcover).






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: AG Slide Show

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Surinam Airways to resume nonstop Paramaribo-Miami service on April 3

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.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf.

Surinam Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Surinam Airways to retire Boeing 747-306 PZ-TCM on November 26

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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Surinam Airways to acquire an Airbus A340-311

Surinam Airways (Paramaribo) will acquire an ex-Air France Airbus A340-311 (msn 049, ex F-GLZG) later this month to replace its Boeing 747-306 PZ-TCM (msn 23508).

Surinam puts its first 737-300 into service


Boeing 737-36N PZ-TCO (msn 28669) replaces the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) on the Miami route.  PZ-TCO is parked at the MIA gate in the revised 2009 colors.  Copyright Photo: L. Apso.

Boeing 737-36N PZ-TCO (msn 28669) replaces the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) on the Miami route. PZ-TCO is parked at the MIA gate in the revised 2009 colors. Copyright Photo: L. Apso.

Surinam Airways (Paramaribo) in May painted its first Boeing 737-300 in a new revised livery at Opa-locka (near Miami). The upgraded type is now flying on the Miami route.