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|Operating bases||Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport|
|Company slogan||Flying on trusted wings|
|Key people||Ewald Henshuijs (President)|
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.
The airline was established in 1953, aimed at operating feeder flights from a domestic network. Scheduled operations started in 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 1980Douglas DC-8-50F and three Twin Otters that worked on international routes to Amsterdam, Belem, Curacao, Georgetown, Manaus, Miami and Panama City and to domestic services to Apoera, Avanavero, Bakhuys, Djoemoe, Ladouanie, Moengo and Nieuw Nickerie. On 7 June 1989, a Douglas DC-8-62 crashed on approach to Zandery Airport, killing 175 occupants on board., the carrier had 400 employees. At this time, the aircraft park consisted of a Douglas DC-8-63, a
In early 2009, Surinam Airways ordered two Boeing 737-300 aircraft from AWAS to replace the McDonnell Douglas MD-82. In November the same year, the carrier retired the Boeing 747-300 from service. The aircraft had been bought from KLM in 2004. It was replaced with a 317-seater Airbus A340 that previously belonged to Air France.
At one time the company had its head office at Coppenamelaan 136. As of June 2013[update], Surinam Airways is the owner of both the only terminal in Zanderij Airport and the only ground handling company in that airport.
Directors (President/ CEO's) since the establishment of the SLM:
- 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 (jan. 2011 present director)
Surinam Airways operates scheduled services to the following destinations, as of July 2013[update]. Terminated destinations are also listed.
- Beech G-18S
- Bell 47G Helicopter
- Boeing 707-320C
- Boeing 737-200
- Boeing 747-200B
- Boeing 747-300SCD
- Boeing 777-200ER[nb 1]
- 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
- Douglas DC-9-50
- McDonnell Douglas MD-80
- Piper PA-18 Super Cub
- Piper PA-23-160 Apache E
Incidents and accidents
- On 5 May 1978 a Douglas DC-6A 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. Only 11 people survived the accident, out of 187 occupants on board. The accident remains the worst one in Suriname's history.
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