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FORMED IN 1954. A K A SURINAAMSE LUCHTVAART MAATSCHAPPIJ (SURINAM AIRWAYS - SLM). DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, PASSENGER AND CARGO JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
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SURINAM (REPUBLIC OF SURINAME) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1975, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 163,265 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 0.6 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS PARAMARIBO AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS DUTCH.
JANUARY 1996: SURINAM AIRWAYS (SUR) IS THE GOVERNMENT OWNED NATIONAL AIRLINE OF THE REPUBLIC OF SURINAM.
OPERATES TO AMSTERDAM, BELEM, CAYENNE, CURACAO, MIAMI (MIA), AND PORT AU PRINCE, FROM ZANDERIJ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
1 MD-87 (JT8D-219), EX-AERO LLOYD (ACH).
MARCH 1996: TO NEW YORK, NEWARK, AND MIAMI (MIA), VIA GEORGETOWN, GUYANA; PORT OF SPAIN, TRINDAD & TOBAGO; CURACAO, NETHERLAND ANTILLES ARUBA, BARBADOS; & PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (MD-87), INCLUDING CODE SHARE WITH GUYANA AIRLINES (GUY).
1 MD-87 (49671) EX-(ACH), (ILF) LEASED.
APRIL 1996: (FAA) SAFETY OVERSIGHT SAYS SURINAME REGULATORY AUTHORITY DOES NOT MEET THE SAFETY STANDARDS.
MARCH 1997: CODE SHARE WITH AIR ARUBA (DC-9 OR MD-80).
APRIL 1997: 400 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 75 FLIGHT CREW (FC)).
JULY 1998: RONNY CALOR (CEO) RESIGNED.
DECEMBER 1998: HENK JESSURUN (CEO) & ACTING PRESIDENT.
APRIL 1999: 543 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 28 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 50 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
NOVEMBER 1999: CODE SHARE WITH (KLM), SCHEDULED SERVICE TO AMSTERDAM (747).
MD-87 (49671), RETURNED TO (ILF), LEASED TO AEROMEXICO (AMX).
JANUARY 2000: 1 DC-9-51 (47655), EX-MERIDIANA (ALS) CELSIUS LEASED.
APRIL 2000: 543 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 28 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 50 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA)).
JULY 2000: 1999 = 163.31 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
NOVEMBER 2000: PARAMARIBO TO CURACAO TO MIAMI USING 727-200, MIAMI AIR (MIB) WET-LEASED.
July 2002: 2001 = 904 MILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC; 68.3% LF LOAD FACTOR; 236,000 PASSENGERS (PAX); 37.34 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC; 543 EMPLOYEES.
December 2002: 1 MD-82, ex-U-Land (CHN), Pegasus (PSS) leased.
March 2003: Paramaribo to Aruba to Port Au Prince (weekly).
1 MD-82 (49444), ex-Continental Airlines (CAL), (PSS) leased.
September 2003: In March 2004, to operate 747-306 (23508), ex-(KLM) on code shared services to Amsterdam.
April 2004: 558 employees (including 26 Flight Crew (FC), 61 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 25 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
In May 2004, resumes Amsterdam to Paramaribo.
June 2004: 747-230B (23509), Air Pullmantur (PLL) wet-leased for 11 services to Amsterdam, pending certification of Surinam Airways (SUR)'s own 747-306, ex-(KLM).
July 2004: 2003 = +$8.87 Million (+$4.25 Million): 1.47 Billion (RPK) traffic (+10.1%); 85.1% LF load factor; 258,000 passengers (PAX) (+6.7%); 24.32 Million (FTK) freight traffic (-3.5%).
September 2004: 747-300M (23508, "Ronald Elwin Kappel"), ex-(KLM) delivery, named after a local aviation pioneer.
October 2004: (SUR) has its landing rights in Cayenne denied by the French government.
July 2005: As the national airline of Surinam, Surinam Airways (SUR) operates regional and domestic, scheduled, passenger, jet airplane flights from Paramaribo. A connection to Amsterdam is provided by (KLM).
IATA) Code: PY - 192. (ICAO) Code: SLM (Callsign - SURINAM).
Parent organization/shareholders: Surinam government (100%).
Main Base: Paramaribo John A Pengel airport (PBM).
International, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; Aruba; Belem; Curacao; & Port of Spain.
March 2006: Worldspan was selected by Surinam Airways (SUR) to host (SUR)'s operations at Worldspan's global data center under a 5-year "hosting partnership." In addition, the Global Data Server (GDS) will provide (SUR) with Worldspan Meridian systems to manage mission-critical daily operations including reservation and inventory management, flight operations, airport passenger processing, e-ticketing, global fares and pricing requirements.
April 2006: Netherlands and Surinam agreed to liberalize air traffic between the countries effective May 1. 2 Dutch carriers, Martinair (MTH) and ArkeFly (HOL) will be allowed to operate the Amsterdam to Paramaribo route. At present, only (KLM) and Surinam Airways (SUR) have the right to fly between the capitals. Both TUI-controlled ArkeFly (HOL) and Martinair (MTH) reportedly intend to commence 2x-weekly services using 767-300ERs.
(SUR) inaugurated nonstop service from Paramaribo to Montego Bay. The airline now operates 2x-weekly on Mondays & Thursdays, using an MD-82.
June 2009: Surinam Airways (SUR) has leased and taken delivery of 2 737-36Ns (28688, PZ-TCN; 28669, PZ-TCO - - "SUR-737-36N-2009-07"), (AWAS) (AWW) leased.
August 2009: A340-312 (049, F-GLZG - - SEE PHOTO - - "SUR-A340-311-2009-11), delivery.
June 2010: 2 737-36Ns (28668, PZ-TCN "District of Commewijne;" 28669, PZ-TCO "District of Marowijne"), deliveries.
January 2013: The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) has criticized a +150% increase in taxes and landing fees at Curacao Airport. Curacao Airport Partners (the international consortium that manages Curacao International Airport) announced the hike November 30 and made it effective December 1.
According to (ALTA), the increase includes all passenger facility charges (PFCs) and landing fees.
The organization has sent an official message to the Minister of Traffic, Transport & Regional Planning of Curacao, protesting the “unjustified measure to increase airport revenues at the expense of passengers and carriers.” “Raising taxes by +150% from one day to the next is drastic and unheard of,” the organization stated. It pointed out that “although the Curacao airport authority will assume the cost of the (PFC) increase on tickets previously sold at a price that included the existing (PFC), if the flight date on said tickets is within 3 months of the new charges becoming effective, carriers will be forced to absorb the additional taxes on tickets already sold for flights departing after February 28, 2013.” (ALTA) and its 35 airline members called the initiative “deplorable,” contrary to (ICAO)’s recommended practices and detrimental to Curacao’s tourism. The organization said the industry supports 5.4 million jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean and $125 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the region, while 4 million additional jobs are supported “through the catalytic impacts of travel and tourism.”
Airline groups are joining forces to protest Curacao Airport’s +150% fee increase in taxes and landing fees. Curacao Airport Partners (CAP) (the international consortium that manages Curacao International Airport) announced the hike on November 30, 2012 and made it effective on December 1, 2012.
Earlier this month, Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) criticized the fees and sent an official message to the Minister of Traffic, Transport & Regional Planning of Curacao, protesting the “unjustified measure to increase airport revenues at the expense of passengers and carriers.”
(IATA) and the Curacao Airline Association (CAA) are now joining the protest and are leading a coalition of aviation groups to reinforce the industry’s concern “over the significant increases in landing fees and passenger facility charges imposed on passengers and airlines operating to Curacao.”
Representatives from the 3 organizations met Curacao’s Minister of Transportation, Earl Balborda, criticizing the fees “imposed by Curacao Airport Partners on only 3 days’ notice and without prior consultation or transparency,” (ALTA) announced.
The organization said that “significant funds previously paid by airlines and passengers remain unused in the hands of Curacao Airport Holding and dividends are being paid to (CAP)’s owners.” (IATA) Regional VP Latin American & Caribbean, Patricio Sepulveda said, “Tourism is vital to Curacao’s economy and all stakeholders need to work together to ensure aviation can continue to play a vital role in the country’s economy.”
(CAA) President, Germaine Richie pointed out that “not only is Curacao’s 1 of the most expensive airports to operate, but we are downgraded to CAT II by the (FAA) for not having followed rules and regulations, which continues to be the case even after the downgrading.” Richie added it is necessary “to halt this way of proceeding so as to bring transparency and due process in our negotiations with all the stakeholders involved.”
June 2014: AirFrance Industries (AFI) (KLM) (E&M) has received an extended maintenance contract from Surinam Airways (SUR) on an Airbus A340-300 with full airplane maintenance and overhaul to include engineering services, "A" checks, engine and component repair with pool access, and a Main Base Kit.
November 2014: Surinam Airways ((IATA) Code: PY, based at Paramaribo International) (SUR) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Eastern Air Lines (based at Miami International) (EAL) encompassing cooperation in the areas of Operational Support, Maintenance, and Training with Sales & Marketing to follow.
“(SUR) is delighted to be in a partnership with the new Eastern Air Lines (EAL). We believe this is an effective way for our airline to extend its reach by cooperating with Eastern (EAL) at its Miami base of operations. We look forward to our teams working together to find operational synergies between our 2 airlines,” Ewald Henshuijs, (CEO) of Surinam Airways (SUR) said.
July 2015: News Item A-1: Surinam Airways (SUR) has expanded its operations in the USA with the introduction of a new weekly service from Paramaribo (PBM) to Orlando Sanford (SFB) in Florida, via Georgetown (GEO) in Guyana. Flights to the USA operate on Thursdays, while the return flights operate on Fridays. (SUR) will use 126-seat 737-300s on the routes, neither of which face any competition. The service operates until September 25. (SUR) already operates non-stop flights from both Aruba and Georgetown to Miami in Florida.
News Item A-2: Surinam Airways ((IATA) Code: PY, based at Paramaribo International) (SUR) will replace its outgoing A340-300 (49, PZ-TCP), with an ex-Air China (BEJ) machine of the same type.
May 2018: Brussels-based start-up, Air Belgium (ABM) has successfully undertaken its 1st revenue flights. (ABM), which intends to offer premium long-haul connections from its Charleroi (CRL) base, operated several rotations from Amsterdam and Brussels to Paramaribo, Suriname, South America in late March and early April on behalf of Surinam Airways (SUR). It is expected to launch its own scheduled services to Hong Kong, imminently.
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0 727-225 (JT8D), (MIB) WET-LEASED 2000-11. RETURNED.
2 737-36N (CFM56-3) (2890-28668, PZ-TCN "DISTRICT OF COMMEWIJNE;" 2897-28669, PZ-TCO "DISTRICT OF MAROWIJNE" - - "SUR-737-36N-2009-07"), (AWW) LEASED 2009-06. EX-(N668AN; N669AN).
1 737-79l (1853-34538, PZ-TCS "DISTRICT OF SARAMACCA"), (DAE) AVIATION LEASED, 8C, 120Y.
0 747-200B, EX-(ARG), (APZ) WET-LEASED 2004-07, RETURNED.
0 747-230B (CF6-50E2) (663-23509, /87 EC-IUA), (PLL) WET-LEASED TO 2004-06. RETURNED. 8F, 51C, 330Y.
1 747-306C (CF6-50E2) (657-23508, /86 PZ-TCM "RONALD ELWIN KAPPEL"), EX-(KLM), (KLM) MAINTENANCE. 26C, 440Y, PALLETS.
1 DC-9-51 (JT8D-17) (763-47655, /75 PZ-TCK "DISTRICT OF WANICA"), EX-(ALS), (CEI) LEASED 2000-01. 125Y.
0 MD-82, EX-(CHN), (PSS) LEASED 2002-12. RETURNED.
1 MD-82 (JT8D-217) (1323-49444, /86 PZ-TCL), EX-(CAL), (PSS) LEASED 2003-03. 14C, 130Y.
0 MD-87 (JT8D-219) (49671), EX-(ACH), (ILF) LEASED 1996-01, RETURNED, LEASED TO (AMX).
2 A340-312 (049, PZ-TCP - - SEE PHOTO - - "SUR-A340-311-2009-11 242 PZ-TCR AND "SUR-A340-313X 242 PZ-TCR 2016-10.jpg"), 2009-08 & 2016-10.
2 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER (PT6A-27) (646, /79 PZ-TCD; 656, /79 PZ-TCE), 20Y.
1 DHC-8-311 (PW123) (332, /92 N106AV), 50Y.
1 CESSNA 206 STATIONAIR (IO-52O-F) (3996, /77 PZ-TCH), 6Y.
EWALD HENSHUIJS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
ROBBI LACHMISING, PRESIDENT.
HENK JESSURUN, VP FINANCE.
CLYDE CAIRO, VP COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS & CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT.
JORGEN GUSTAFFSON, VICE PRESIDENT.
JOHN STOMP, HEAD ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.