Surinam Airways


Surinam Airways
Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij
Surinam Airways Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1953 (1953)
Commenced operations1955 (1955)
HubsJohan Adolf Pengel International Airport
Frequent-flyer programLoyal Wings
Fleet size2
Parent companyGovernment of Suriname
HeadquartersParamaribo, 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 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 (1975-11), 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 (1980-03), 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.
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.[20]

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

Country City Airport Notes Refs
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]
Aurora 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]
Washabo 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

As of July 2021, the Surinam Airways fleet comprises the following aircraft:

Surinam Airways fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Boeing 737-700 2 8 120 128 [28][29][30]
Total 2


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

Accidents and incidents

See also



  1. ^ a b Pilling, Mark (24 December 2008). "Putting Surinam on the map". Airline Business. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Offices in Surinam." Surinam Airways. Retrieved on 6 January 2011. "HEAD OFFICE Mr. Jagernath Lachmonstraat 136 POBox: 2029 Paramaribo – Suriname"
  3. ^ a b c d LM Publishers. "ISSUU - Flying on trusted wings English version by LM Publishers". Issuu. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b "World airline directory–Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschapptj (Surinam Airways—SLM)". Flight International: 1401. 28 April 1979. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  5. ^ "World Airline Directory–Surinaamse Luchvaart Maatschappij (Surinam Airways-SLM)". Flight International: 939. 2 April 1983. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  6. ^ "World Airline Directory–Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschapptj NV (Surinam Airways—SLM)". Flight International: 959. 10 April 1976. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "World airline directory – Surinaamse Lutchtvaart Maatschappij (Surinam Airways—SLM)". Flight International. 118 (3716): 358. 26 July 1980. ISSN 0015-3710. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013.
  8. ^ Suriname. "Suriname - Paramaribo". (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Operations: Air transport – Safety board slams illegal crewing". Flight International. 137 (4215): 12. 9–15 May 1990. ISSN 0015-3710. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013.
  10. ^ "World airline directory–Surinam Airways". Flight International. 157 (4720): 102. 21–27 March 2000. ISSN 0015-3710. Archived from the original on 28 November 2018.
  11. ^ Veerman, Ronald (25 November 2009). "Suriname Jumboloos" (in Dutch). Amsterdam: De Telegraaf. Archived from the original on 14 May 2015.
  12. ^ "PZ-TCM Surinam Airways Boeing 747-300M". Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  13. ^ "SLM receives first Boeing 737-700". 20 April 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  14. ^
  15. ^ Somsen, Rob (18 February 2018). "SLM directie naar China voor nieuwe 737-700".
  16. ^
  17. ^ Woerkom, Klaas-Jan van (3 March 2021). "Surinam Airways stuurt enige Boeing 777 naar de woestijn". Luchtvaartnieuws (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  18. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 24–30, 1993. 125. "Coppenamelaan 136, Paramaribo, Republic of Suriname"
  19. ^ "DAE forces SLM to provide ground handling services in Zanderij". Willemstad: Curaçao Chronicle. 3 June 2013. Archived from the original on 10 June 2013.
  20. ^ "Surinam Airways to acquire a B767 in 2015 to aid international ops". ch-aviation GmbH. 26 February 2014. Archived 26 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Flight Schedule (Effective 24 March 2019 (2019-03-24)–27 October 2019 (2019-10-27))". Surinam Airways. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019.
  22. ^ a b "World Airline Directory–Surinam Airways". Flight International. 155 (4668): 99. 17–23 March 1999. ISSN 0015-3710. Archived from the original on 27 November 2018.
  23. ^ "La compagnie Surinam Airways ne desservira plus la Guyane à compter du 1er juin".
  24. ^ "Inaugurele vlucht van de SLM naar Guyana". Waterkant.Net (in Dutch). 5 April 2012. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012.
  25. ^ a b c "Surinam Airways Timetable (Effective 25 April 1982–31 October 1982)". Airline Timetable Images. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  26. ^ "Surinam Airways Adds Orlando Sanford Flight July - Sep 2015". 23 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  27. ^ "TUI Netherlands / Surinam Airways plans codeshare service from April 2017". Routesonline. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  28. ^ "SLM maakt eerste lijnvlucht met 'nieuwe' Boeing 737-752 vanuit Suriname" (in Dutch). 3 February 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2019./
  29. ^ "SLM verwelkomt 2e boeing 737-700" (in Dutch). 11 December 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018./
  30. ^ "Nieuwe SLM Boeing land vanavond op Zanderij" (in Dutch). 16 April 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  31. ^ "Dit domein is gereserveerd - easyhosting" (PDF).
  32. ^ "SubFleets for: Surinam Airways". AeroTransport Data Bank. 18 July 2013. Archived from the original on 4 May 2015.
  33. ^
  34. ^ "Surinam Airways retires its only Airbus A340-300". Airlinerwatch. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  35. ^ "Surinam Airways Fleet". ch-aviation GmbH. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013.
  36. ^ Harro Ranter (5 May 1978). "ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-6A N3493F Paramaribo-Zanderij International Airport (PBM)". Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  37. ^ Accident description for N1809E at the Aviation Safety Network

External links

Media related to Surinam Airways at Wikimedia Commons

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  • Official Website (in Dutch)