Surinam Airways

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Surinam Airways
Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij
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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1953 (1953)
Commenced operations 1955 (1955)
Operating bases Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport
Fleet size 4
Destinations 9
Company slogan Flying on trusted wings[1]
Headquarters Paramaribo, Suriname
Key people Robbi Lachmising (Director)[2]

Surinam Airways (Dutch: Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij), also known by its initials SLM, is the flag carrier of Suriname,[3] based in Paramaribo.[4] 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.[5]


The airline was established in 1953 by private entrepreneurs Ronald Rudi Kappel and Herman van Eyck,[6] aimed at operating feeder flights from a domestic network.[7] Scheduled operations started in January 1955,[6] initially serving the Paramaribo–Moengo route.[8] On 30 August 1962, the company was taken over by the Surinamese government and renamed SLM – Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij.[7][9]

From 1964 Surinam Airways started scheduled international operations to Curaçao together with ALM Antillean Airlines.[6]

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 that was leased from KLM.[10]

At March 1980 (1980-03), the carrier had 400 employees. At this time, the aircraft park consisted of a Douglas DC-8-63, a Douglas 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.[11] From 1955 til 2005 Surinam Airways operated an extensive domestic network.[6] 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.[12] On 7 June 1989, a Douglas DC-8-62 crashed on approach to Zandery Airport, killing 175 occupants on board.[13]

In early 2009, Surinam Airways ordered two Boeing 737-300 aircraft from AWAS to replace the McDonnell Douglas MD-82.[3] 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 by the end of 2009 with a 317-seater Airbus A340 that previously belonged to Air France.[14]

Corporate affairs[edit]

At one time the company had its head office at Coppenamelaan 136.[15] 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.[16]

Directors (President/ CEO's) since the establishment of the SLM:[17]

  • 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)[18]
  • L.Voight (jan-jul 2016)[19]
  • R. Lachmising (jul 2016–present)[20][21]


Surinam Airways operates scheduled services to the following destinations, as of May 2015.[22] Terminated destinations are also listed.

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Aruba Oranjestad Queen Beatrix International Airport [22]
Barbados Bridgetown Grantley Adams International Airport Terminated [8]
Brazil Belém Val de Cães International Airport [22]
Curaçao Willemstad Hato International Airport [22]
French Guiana Cayenne Félix Eboué Airport [22]
Guyana Georgetown Cheddi Jagan International Airport [22][23]
Haiti Port-au-Prince Toussaint Louverture International Airport Terminated [8]
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol [22]
Suriname Avanavero Avanavero Airstrip Terminated [11]
Suriname Bakhuys Bakhuys Airstrip Terminated [11]
Suriname Djoemoe Djoemoe Airstrip Terminated [11]
Suriname Ladouanie Laduani Airstrip Terminated [11]
Suriname Moengo Moengo Airstrip Terminated [11]
Suriname Nieuw Nickerie Majoor Henry Fernandes Airport Terminated [11]
Suriname Paramaribo Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport Hub [22]
Suriname Paramaribo Zorg en Hoop Airport Terminated [24]
Suriname Stoelmanseiland Stoelmans Eiland Airstrip Terminated [24]
Suriname Wasjabo Washabo Airport Terminated [24]
Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain Piarco International Airport [22]
United States Miami Miami International Airport [22]
United States Orlando Orlando Sanford International Airport Seasonal [25]



The sole Surinam Airways Airbus A340-300 is seen here at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 2013. In February 2014 (2014-02), it was informed the airline intended to acquire another wide body aircraft to complement the A340 on international services.[26]

As of January 2016, the Surinam Airways fleet comprises the following aircraft:

Surinam Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A340-300[27] 1 0 12 303 315
Boeing 737–300[28] 3 0 8 118 126
Total 4 0


A Surinam Airways McDonnell Douglas MD-82 landing at Miami International Airport in 2009.

Surinam Airways operated the following aircraft throughout its history:[17][29][30]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Leased temporarily from EuroAtlantic Airways while the company's sole Airbus A340 was used for the Surinamese president's visit to China.[32]


  1. ^ "About us – The SLM Group". Surinam Airways. Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Pross, Eliézer (4 July 2016). "Robbi Lachmising nieuwe SLM-directeur" [Robbi Lachmising new SLM director]. (in Dutch).  Archived 9 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine.‹The template Wayback is being considered for merging.› 
  3. ^ a b Pilling, Mark (24 December 2008). "Putting Surinam on the map". Airline Business. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Offices in Surinam." Surinam Airways. Retrieved on 6 January 2011. "HEAD OFFICE Mr. Jagernath Lachmonstraat 136 POBox: 2029 Paramaribo – Suriname"
  5. ^ Kuipers, Ank (20 July 2012). "Suriname state oil company considers share offering". Reuters. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Suriname is also considering selling shares in telecommunications firm Telesur and Surinam Airways, which are state owned, and bank Hakrinbank, which is partly owned by the government. 
  6. ^ a b c d LM Publishers. "ISSUU - Flying on trusted wings English version by LM Publishers". Issuu. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ a b c "World Airline Directory–Surinam Airways". Flight International: 99. 17 March 1999–23 March 1999. Retrieved 22 July 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "SLM vliegt weer naar binnenland". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Operations: Air transport – Safety board slams illegal crewing". Flight International. 137 (4215): 12. 9 May 1990 – 15 May 1990. ISSN 0015-3710. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  14. ^ Veerman, Ronald (25 November 2009). "Suriname Jumboloos" (in Dutch). Amsterdam: De Telegraaf. Archived from the original on 16 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 24–30, 1993. 125. "Coppenamelaan 136, Paramaribo, Republic of Suriname"
  16. ^ "DAE forces SLM to provide ground handling services in Zanderij". Willemstad: Curaçao Chronicle. 3 June 2013. Archived from the original on 14 June 2013. 
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  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Route map". Surinam Airways.  Archived 11 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine.‹The template Wayback is being considered for merging.› 
  23. ^ "Inaugurele vlucht van de SLM naar Guyana". Waterkant.Net (in Dutch). 5 April 2012. Archived from the original on 16 August 2013. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ "Surinam Airways Adds Orlando Sanford Flight July - Sep 2015". 23 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  26. ^ "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.‹The template Wayback is being considered for merging.› 
  27. ^ "Airbus A340-300". Surinam Airways. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  28. ^ "Boeing 737-300". Surinam Airways. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  29. ^ "SubFleets for: Surinam Airways". AeroTransport Data Bank. 18 July 2013. Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. 
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  31. ^ "Surinam Airways Fleet". ch-aviation GmbH. Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. 
  32. ^ "EuroAtlantic to replace SLM's A340 during state visit to China". ch-aviation GmbH. 24 June 2013. Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. 
  33. ^ Harro Ranter (5 May 1978). "ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-6A N3493F Paramaribo-Zanderij International Airport (PBM)". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  34. ^ Accident description for N1809E at the Aviation Safety Network

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