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Surinam Airways
Founded 1955
Bases Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport
Focus cities Cheddi Jagan International Airport
Fleet size 3
Destinations 9
Headquarters Paramaribo, Suriname
Key people Henk D. Jessurun (President) [1]

Surinam Airways is the national airline of Suriname, based in Paramaribo. It operates regional and long-haul scheduled passenger services. Its hub is at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport.

At 16 September 2008, Surinam Airways had 400 employees.



The airline was established in 1955 to link towns in what was then known as Dutch Guiana or Suriname. The initial service between Paramaribo and Moengo was soon expanded to other destinations, before the official creation of Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij (SLM) on 30 August 1962. The airline became the national carrier upon Suriname's independence from the Netherlands on 25 November 1975. It is wholly owned by the Surinamese government.

Surinam Airways original logo


A Surinam Airways McDonnell Douglas MD-82 landing at Miami International Airport, Miami. (2009)

Surinam Airways operates services to the following international scheduled destinations (at August 2009):[2][3]


The Surinam Airways fleet includes the following aircraft (at 26 November 2009):[4]

Surinam Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers
Airbus A340-300 1 0 317 (9/312) International: Amsterdam
Medium-Long haul
Boeing 737-300 2 0 126 (8/118) Short-Medium haul
Total 3 0

In early 2009, Surinam Airways ordered 2 Boeing 737-300 aircraft from AWAS to replace the McDonnell Douglas MD-82.[5]

In August 2009, Surinam Airways decided to purchase an Airbus A340-300 which will be ex-Air France.

In October 2009, a picture of the Airbus A340-300 was uploaded to skyliner-aviation.[6]

On 24 November 2009, Surinam Airways replaced the Boeing 747-300 with the Airbus A340.


Previously operated

A Surinam Airways Douglas DC-8 at Miami International Airport, Florida, 3 years before crashing as flight PY764 in 1989. (1986)

Surinam Airways also operated the following aircraft:

Aircraft Notes Picture
Beech 18 [1]
Boeing 737-200Adv Leased from Maersk Air [2]
Boeing 747-300 Replaced by Airbus A340
Retired: 24 November 2009
Cessna 206 [4]
Bombardier Dash 8 300 [5]
De Havilland Canada Dash6-300 Twin Otter [6]
Douglas DC-6B(F) [7]
Douglas DC-8-55 [8]
Douglas DC-8-63 [9]
Douglas DC-9-51 [10]
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 Replaced by: Boeing 737-300
Retired: 2009
McDonnell Douglas MD-87 [12]

Incidents and accidents


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