Blue Wing Airlines

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For the German airline, see Blue Wings.
Blue Wing Airlines
Blue wing Airlines.png
IATA
ICAO
BWI
Callsign
BLUE TAIL [1]
Founded 2002
Operating bases Zorg en Hoop Airport
Fleet size 8
Headquarters Paramaribo, Suriname
Key people Mr. Amichand Jhauw (MD), Mr. Soejijar Verkuijl (Director of operations)
Website .html www.bluewingairlines.com

Blue Wing Airlines n.v. is an airline with its head office on the grounds of Zorg en Hoop Airport in Paramaribo, Suriname.[2] The airline started operations in January 2002 and operates charter and scheduled services from Paramaribo to destinations in the interior of Suriname, Guyana, Brazil, Venezuela and the Caribbean area. Its main base is Zorg en Hoop Airport.[3] The airline was on the list of air carriers banned in the EU; however, they were removed from the list as of 28 November 2007. As of 6 July 2010, however, the airline was once again on the blacklist. In 2014 the airline was ranked as one of the worlds least safe by Airline Ratings.[4]

Fleet renewal & expansion[edit]

Blue Wing Airlines entered into a sales agreement with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for two ex-KLM cityhopper Fokker 70s early January 2014. Blue Wing plans to take delivery of PH-KZV (msn 11556) and PH-WXA (11570) in 2014. KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70 PH-KZV was withdrawn from service at Norwich on January 5, 2014 after arriving as KL1515 from Amsterdam, KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70 PH-WXA was withdrawn from service at Amsterdam in the morning of March 30, 2014 after arriving as KL1486 from Humberside. The aircraft then positioned Amsterdam – Norwich for maintenance early the same afternoon as KL9955 where both aircraft were being prepared for service with Fly All Ways, as a new start up airline subsidiary of Blue Wing Airlines of Suriname.

The Fokker regional jets will be the first jet aircraft for this Surinamese domestic carrier that so far operates a fleet of DHC-6 Twinotters, Cessna 208 Caravans and smaller turboprop aircraft on domestic scheduled and charter flights.[5] These jets will be used to flights to Brazil and the Caribbean region. Operation is expected to start around October 2014.

Fleet[edit]

Blue Wing Airlines Cessna 208 Caravan PZ-TSB at SMZO
Blue Wing Airlines Cessna 208 Caravan PZ-TSB take-off from SMZO
Blue Wing Airlines Cessna U206G Stationair-6 PZ-TLV At SMZO

The Blue Wing Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 16 August 2014):[6]

Blue Wing Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Passengers Notes
Cessna 206 3 1 pilot plus 5 passengers
Cessna 208 Caravan 2 1-2 pilots plus 9 passengers (Max 14 passengers with FAR Part 23 waiver)
DHC-6 Twin Otter 2 2 pilots plus 19 passengers
Reims-Cessna F406 Caravan II 1 2 pilots plus 10 passengers
Fokker 70 0 2 pilots plus 80 passengers (undisclosed) ex-KLM Cityhopper, 2 on order[7]
Total 8

Historic[edit]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 3 April 2008, an Antonov An-28, registration PZ-TSO crashed upon landing at the Lawa Antino Airstrip of Benzdorp in southeastern Suriname. The plane carried 17 passengers and a crew of two; all were killed.[8]
  • On 15 October 2009, another Antonov An-28, registration PZ-TST, was damaged beyond repair while landing at Kwamelasemoetoe Airstrip close to the Trio Indian village in the south of Suriname on an interior flight from Zorg en Hoop Airport. Fortunately of the 8 persons on-board only one crew-member and 3 passengers were reported slightly injured.[9]
  • On 15 May 2010, an third Antonov An-28, registration PZ-TSV crashed over the upper-Marowijne District, approximately three miles north-east of Poeketi, Suriname. The two pilots and six passengers died. The plane had taken off from Godo Holo Airstrip.[2][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ICAO Document 8585 Edition 139
  2. ^ a b "Eight feared dead in Suriname air crash." Reuters. 16 May 2010. Retrieved on 17 May 2010.
  3. ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
  4. ^ Geoffrey, Thomas. "AirlineRatings.com names the top ten safest airlines". Airline Ratings. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  5. ^ http://ch-aviation.ch/portal/news/24876-surinams-blue-wing-and-insel-air-acquire-ex-klm-cityhopper-fokker-70s
  6. ^ Blue Wing Airlines Fleet
  7. ^ Curaçao Chronicle: Surinam's Blue Wing and Insel Air acquire ex-KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70s
  8. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Antonov 28 PZ-TSO Lawa-Antino Airport". Aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  9. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Antonov 28 PZ-TST Kwamalasamutu Airfield". Aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  10. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Antonov 28 PZ-TSV Poeketi". Aviation-safety.net. 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 

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