|Hubs||Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport|
|Company slogan||Flying on trusted wings|
|Parent company||Government of Suriname|
|Key people||Robbi Lachmising (Director)|
Surinam Airways (Dutch: Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij), also known by its initials SLM, is the flag carrier of Suriname, based in Paramaribo. It operates regional and long-haul scheduled passenger services. Its hub is at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport.
As of July 2012, Surinam Airways was wholly owned by the Government of Suriname.
The airline was established in 1953 by private entrepreneurs Ronald Rudi Kappel and Herman van Eyck, aimed at operating feeder flights from a domestic network. Scheduled operations started in January 1955, initially serving the Paramaribo–Moengo route. On 30 August 1962, the company was taken over by the Surinamese government and renamed SLM – Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij.
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 that was leased from KLM.
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. From 1955 til 2005 Surinam Airways operated an extensive domestic network. Now, since 2013 Caricom Airways is operating as a feeder commuter airline from the hinterland of Suriname, using two Britten Norman BN2 Islanders and a Cessna 206, as Surinam Airways Commuter. On 7 June 1989, a Douglas DC-8-62 crashed on approach to Zandery Airport, killing 175 occupants on board.
In early 2009, Surinam Airways ordered two Boeing 737-300 aircraft to replace the McDonnell Douglas MD-82. In November the same year, the carrier retired the 2011-bought Boeing 747-300 from service. It was replaced by the end of 2009 with a 317-seater Airbus A340. A new Boeing 737-700 is ordered on lease from DAE Capital to arrive in April 2018 also formerly flown by Air China.
At one time the company had its head office at Coppenamelaan 136. 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.
- R. E. Kappel (1953–1955)
- H. van Eijck (1955–1958)
- N. Zaal (1960–1962)
- K. C. de Miranda (1962–1965)
- G. Veira (1965–1970)
- B. Th. Maes (1970–1979)
- eng. L.C. Johanns (1979–1980)
- eng. E. Marhé (1980–1981 acting director)
- Mr. M. Mungra (1981–1989)
- D. E. Deira (1989–1991 acting director)
- R. H. Calor (1991–1994)
- R. Lachmising (1994–2005)
- H. Jessurun (2005–2010)
- E. Henshuijs (2011-2015)
- L.Voight (jan-jul 2016)
- R. Lachmising (jul 2016–present)
As of May 2018, the Surinam Airways fleet comprises the following aircraft:
|Boeing 737–700||1||0||8||120||128||Entered into service April 2018|
Leased from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise
- Beech G-18S
- Bell 47G Helicopter
- Boeing 707-320C
- Boeing 737-200
- Boeing 747-200B
- Boeing 747-300SCD
- Boeing 777-200ER
- Cessna UC-78C Bobcat
- Cessna 170B
- Cessna 206
- de Havilland Canada DHC6-100 Twin Otter
- de Havilland Canada DHC6-300 Twin Otter
- Douglas C-47A
- Douglas C-47B
- Douglas DC-6A
- Douglas DC-6B
- Douglas DC-8 Series 50
- Douglas DC-8 Super 60 Series (-62 and -63 models)
- McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50
- McDonnell Douglas MD-80
- Piper PA-18 Super Cub
- Piper PA-23-160 Apache E
Accidents and incidents
- On 5 May 1978, a Douglas DC-6 from the Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij, registered N3493F was damaged beyond repair while landing at Paramaribo-Zanderij International Airport on a cargo flight from Curaçao Hato International Airport. All 3 occupants survived.
- On 7 June 1989, Flight 764, a US-registered Douglas DC-8, crashed 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) west of Zanderij Airport, on approach, due to a pilot error. Out of 176 occupants on board, only 11 people survived the accident, which remains the worst in Suriname's history.
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