Surinam Airways

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Surinam Airways
Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij
Surinam Airways Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1953 (1953)
Commenced operations1955 (1955)
Hubs Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Loyal Wings
Fleet size2
Parent company Government of Suriname
Headquarters Paramaribo, Suriname

Surinam Airways (Dutch : Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij), also known by its initials SLM, is the flag carrier of Suriname, [1] based in Paramaribo. [2] It operates regional and long-haul scheduled passenger services. Its hub is at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (Zanderij). Surinam Airways is wholly owned by the Government of Suriname.



The airline was established in 1953 by private entrepreneurs Ronald Rudi Kappel and Herman van Eyck as the Kappel-Van Eyck Aviation Company (Dutch : Luchtvaartbedrijf Kappel-Van Eyck), [3] :18 aimed at operating feeder flights from a domestic network. [4] Scheduled operations started with two Cessna 170B in January 1955 with domestic flights between Paramaribo and Moengo. [3]

On 30 August 1962, the company was purchased from Herman van Eyck by the Surinamese government and renamed Surinam Airways or in Dutch SLM Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij. [4] [5] The logo of Surinam Airways depicts a 'Sabaku', which is a Surinamese word for cattle egret.

From 1964 Surinam Airways started scheduled international operations to Curaçao together with ALM Antillean Airlines. [3]

Upon the country's independence in November 1975, the carrier was appointed as the national airline of the Republic of Suriname, and it also started services to Amsterdam using a Douglas DC-8-63 (registration: PH-DEM) that was leased from KLM. [6]

At March 1980, the carrier had 400 employees. At this time, the fleet consisted of a Douglas DC-8-63, a Douglas DC-8-50F and three Twin Otters. It operated international routes to Amsterdam, Belem, Curacao, Georgetown, Manaus, Miami and Panama City, and domestic services to Apoera, Avanavero, Bakhuys, Djoemoe, Ladouanie, Moengo and Nieuw Nickerie. [7]

From 1955 til 2005 Surinam Airways operated an extensive domestic network. [3]

In 1983 the regional routes were flown with a Boeing 737-200 leased from Maersk Air, named 'Tjon Tjon'. [8]

On 7 June 1989, a Douglas DC-8-62 crashed on approach to Zanderij Airport, killing 175 occupants on board. [9]

At March 2000, the airline had 543 employees. [10]

From August 2004 till the end of 2009 Surinam Airways operated a Boeing 747-300 (PZ-TCM, named 'Ronald Elwin Kappel'), which was purchased from KLM. It was replaced with a 317-seater Airbus A340-300. [11] [12]

In early 2009, Surinam Airways ordered two Boeing 737-300s to replace its McDonnell Douglas MD-82s. [1]

A Boeing 737-700 (PZ-TCS, named 'District of Saramacca') was leased from DAE Capital and arrived on 30 April 2018 in Suriname and became operational in may 2018, [13] [14] this plane was formerly flown by Air China. [15] [16] In December 2018 a second Boeing 737-700 (PZ-TCT, named 'District of Brokopondo') arrived, formerly flown by Aeromexico and leased from Air Castle.

From December 2019 a B777-200 was leased from Boeing Capital to replace the Airbus A340-300 previously used on the Paramaribo - Amsterdam route. The aircraft was registered PZ-TCU, named 'Bird Of The Green Paradise' and performed its first commercial ETOPS flight in December 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and possible high maintenance costs the B777 was returned in March 2021. It is now parked in Victorville. [17]

Corporate affairs

At one time the company had its head office at Mr. Jagernath Lachmonstraat 136. [18] As of June 2013, Surinam Airways was the owner of both the only terminal in Zanderij Airport and the only ground handling company in that airport. [19]


A Surinam Airways McDonnell Douglas MD-82 landing at Miami International Airport in 2009. SurinamAirwaysMD-82.jpg
A Surinam Airways McDonnell Douglas MD-82 landing at Miami International Airport in 2009.
The sole Surinam Airways Airbus A340-300, seen here at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 2013. In February 2014 (2014-02), it was announced that the airline would acquire another wide-body aircraft to complement its A340 on international services. Surinam Airways A340-300 PZ-TCP AMS 2013-07-05.png
The sole Surinam Airways Airbus A340-300, seen here at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 2013. In February 2014, it was announced that the airline would acquire another wide-body aircraft to complement its A340 on international services.

Surinam Airways operates scheduled services to the following destinations, as of April 2019. [21] Terminated destinations are also listed.

Aruba Oranjestad Queen Beatrix International Airport [21]
Barbados Bridgetown Grantley Adams International Airport Terminated [22]
Brazil Belém Val de Cães International Airport [21]
Curaçao Willemstad Hato International Airport [21]
France, French Guiana Cayenne Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport Terminated [23]
Guyana Georgetown Cheddi Jagan International Airport [21] [24]
Haiti Port-au-Prince Toussaint Louverture International Airport Terminated [22]
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol [21]
Suriname Avanavero Avanavero Airstrip Terminated [7]
Bakhuys Bakhuys Airstrip Terminated [7]
Djoemoe Djoemoe Airstrip Terminated [7]
Ladouanie Laduani Airstrip Terminated [7]
Moengo Moengo Airstrip Terminated [7]
Nieuw Nickerie Major Henk Fernandes Airport Terminated [7]
Paramaribo Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport Hub [21]
Zorg en Hoop Airport Terminated [25]
Stoelmanseiland Stoelmans Eiland Airstrip Terminated [25]
Wasjabo Washabo Airport Terminated [25]
Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain Piarco International Airport [21]
United States Miami Miami International Airport [21]
Orlando Orlando Sanford International Airport [21] [26]

Codeshare agreements



A Surinam Airways Boeing 737-300 PZ-TCQ (15466795432).jpg
A Surinam Airways Boeing 737-300

As of December 2019, the Surinam Airways fleet comprises the following aircraft:

Surinam Airways fleet
AircraftIn serviceOrdersPassengersNotes
Boeing 737-700 28120128 [28] [29] [30]


Surinam Airways operated the following aircraft throughout its history: [31] [32] [33]

Accidents and incidents

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