Gum Air

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Gum Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
GUMGUMGUMAIR
FoundedSeptember 16, 1971
Operating bases Zorg en Hoop Airport
Fleet size10
Headquarters Paramaribo, Suriname
Key peopleGummels (MD)
Website Gum Air

Gum Air is a Surinamese airline based at Zorg en Hoop Airport in Paramaribo, Suriname. Gum Air cooperates with Trans Guyana Airways to provide daily flights between Zorg en Hoop Airport (ORG) in Paramaribo, Suriname and Ogle Airport (OGL) in Georgetown, Guyana.

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History

Gum Air was founded in 1971 by six brothers of the Gummels family. The company they started in March 1964 was agriculture airspray company named Surinam Sky Farmers and Gum Air it's offspring focused more on domestic flights and regional charters. [1] . Where as Surinam Sky Farmers has it's base in the rice district of Nickerie at the Wageningen Airstrip together with Overeem Air Service maintaining Grumman Ag Cat aircraft, Gum Air has it's base at Zorg en Hoop airfield in the capital city Paramaribo and now mainly flies with single engine Cessna airplanes and twin-engined de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft.

Gum Air also owns dedicated Heliport, Gummels Heliport Paramaribo, built in Suriname at the Gummelsweg in the neighborhood of Kwatta near the city of Paramaribo, Suriname. Privately owned by the Gummels family the heliport is mainly used for helicopter charters and primarily for offshore development activities within the country.

Besides charter flights within Suriname Gum Air also operates scheduled interior services from Paramaribo to places like Benzdorp, Cottica, Gabaka, Drietabbetje and Stoelmanseiland.

Internationally Gum Air has an agreement with Trans Guyana Airways and together they provide regular scheduled flights between Zorg en Hoop Airport, Paramaribo (Suriname) and Ogle Airport of Georgetown (Guyana). [2]

Gum Air has flown various unique types of STOL Short Take Off & Landing aircraft from Suriname in the past such as Dornier DO 28D-1 Skyservant, GAF Nomad, Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander and also helicopter types such as Agusta-Bell 204B & Bell 206B Jet Ranger II

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Gum Air De Havilland Twin Otter

Fleet

Gum Air today owns a fleet of 9 aircraft plus a helicopter, consisting of four types of aircraft varying from 5 seats to 19 seats.

AircraftIn FleetPassengersNotes
Cessna U206B/G Stationair 6/Super Skywagon 31 pilot plus 5 passengers
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 41-2 pilots plus 8-9 passengers(Max 14 passengers with FAR Part 23 waiver)
De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter 2 [3] 2 pilots plus 19 passengers
Robinson R44 Raven I 11-pilot plus 3 passengers
Total10

Accidents and incidents

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