PAWA Dominicana

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Pawa Dominicana
PAWA Dominicana Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2003
Commenced operations August 14, 2015 (2015-08-14)
Ceased operations February 2018
Hubs Las Américas International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Preference
Fleet size 7
Destinations 8
Company slogan Nuestro Orgullo Vuela Mas Alto (Our Pride Flies Higher)
Headquarters Santo Domingo
Key people Gary Stone (CEO)

PAWA Dominicana (Pan Am World Airways Dominicana) was the international flag carrier of the Dominican Republic. It was created as a subsidiary airline for Pan American Airways. This airline had scheduled flights between Santo Domingo and other Caribbean and US destinations. It was based at Santo Domingo-Las Americas.

Authority for several international routes was suspended January 28, 2018.[1] The airline's failure will be the first test of the nation's new bankruptcy law.[2]


Pan Am World Airways Dominicana is a Dominican airline based in Santo Domingo-Las Americas. It operates charter flights to several Caribbean destinations. Regular flights are scheduled to Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Antigua, San Juan, PR, Havana, Cuba, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in South America and the U.S. It's a Dominican airline under Part 121 actually operating in the Dominican Republic, since May 2007.

PAWA Dominicana's hub is in Santo Domingo-Las Americas Intl.Airport,[3] where the airline operates and maintains its fleet.

On June 4, 2010 the company was purchased by a group of airline professionals and they appointed Mrs.Mirtha Espada as the company's President.

On February 2012 the airline temporarily ceased scheduled services but continued operating charter services. On March 2012 the company appointed Mr.Hector Gomez as President with the task of re-orienting the company, and also calling back the former company's founder and owner as part of the organization.

The airline secured its Air Operator Certificate in mid-October 2014 and started services using 4 MD80 aircraft. The first flight took place on August 14, 2015.


A PAWA Dominicana DC-9-32 wearing the former livery

PAWA Dominicana authority includes international Charter services and schedule services to Antigua, Aruba, Curaçao, Havana, San Juan and St. Maarten from Santo Domingo HUB with several flights a week on MD80 and DC9. PWD is working to consolidate flights to New York and Miami (service started Nov. 2016) and other Caribbean Islands. The company's goal is stated as "to make SDQ the HUB of the caribbean." In the future PWD is planning flights from Santiago and Punta Cana to Miami, New York and San Juan.

A PAWA Dominicana MD-80 in current livery on approach to Princess Juliana International Airport


As of January 28, 2018, PAWA Domincana serves no destinations.[1]

[Hub] Hub
[F] Future destination
[S] Seasonal
¤ Charter
# Terminated destination
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs/Notes
Havana  Cuba HAV MUHA José Martí International Airport
Kingston  Jamaica KIN MKJP Norman Manley International Airport TBA
Miami  United States MIA KMIA Miami International Airport
New York City  United States JFK KJFK John F. Kennedy International Airport TBA
Oranjestad  Aruba AUA TNCA Queen Beatrix International Airport
Philipsburg  Sint Maarten SXM TNCM Princess Juliana International Airport
Port of Spain  Trinidad and Tobago POS TTPP Piarco International Airport TBA
Port-au-Prince  Haiti PAP MTPP Toussaint Louverture International Airport
San Juan  Puerto Rico SJU TJSJ Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport
Santo Domingo  Dominican Republic SDQ MDSD Las Americas International Airport HUB
St. John's  Antigua and Barbuda ANU TAPA V. C. Bird International Airport
Willemstad  Curaçao CUR TNCC Hato International Airport

Planned routes[edit]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

PAWA has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


Current fleet[edit]

As of August 2017, the PAWA Dominicana fleet consists of the following aircraft:[4]

Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 757-200 2 24 164 188 Transferred from SBA Airlines
Bombardier CRJ200LR 3 50 50
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 1 160 160
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 4 160 160
McDonnell Douglas MD-87 2 12 97 109 Stored
Total 7 5

Former fleet[edit]

Over the years, PAWA Dominicana operated the following types:

Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
C Y Total
BAe Jetstream 31 2 19 19 Retired after Restructuring
Douglas DC-9-32 2 110 110 Retired 2016/2017
Total 4


  1. ^ a b "IDAC Threatens Property Embargo On PAWA Dominicana". Curacao Chronicle. February 12, 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018. 
  2. ^ Jaime M, Señor Fernandez (February 15, 2018). "La reestructuración mercantil de PAWA Dominicana". El Dinero (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  3. ^ CH-Aviation (November 21, 2008). "PAWA Dominicana hubs and airline details". Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  4. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 13. 

Junta de Aviación Civil de la República Dominicana (JAC). Instituto Dominicano de Aviación Civil de la República Dominicana (IDAC).

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