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Surinam Airways

Surinam Airways
Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij
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 Ewald Henshuijs (President)[2]
Website .com.flyslmwww

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]


  • History 1
  • Corporate affairs 2
  • Destinations 3
  • Fleet 4
    • Current 4.1
    • Retired 4.2
  • Incidents and accidents 5
  • See also 6
  • Notes 7
  • Citations 8
  • External links 9


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

At March 1980 (1980-03), the carrier had 400 employees. At this time, the aircraft park consisted of a Douglas DC-8-63, a Manaus, Miami and Panama City and to domestic services to Apoera, Avanavero, Bakhuys, Djoemoe, Ladouanie, Moengo and Nieuw Nickerie.[10] On 7 June 1989, a Douglas DC-8-62 crashed on approach to Zandery Airport, killing 175 occupants on board.[11]

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.[12] In June 2013 a third Boeing 737-300 was acquired for the regional operations of Surinam Airways. [13] [14]

Corporate affairs

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 (jan. 2011 present director)


Surinam Airways operates scheduled services to the following destinations, as of July 2013. Terminated destinations are also listed.

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Aruba Oranjestad Queen Beatrix International Airport [18]
Barbados Bridgetown Grantley Adams International Airport Terminated [7]
Brazil Belém Val de Cães International Airport [18]
Curaçao Willemstad Hato International Airport [18]
French Guiana Cayenne Félix Eboué Airport [18]
Guyana Georgetown Cheddi Jagan International Airport [18][19]
Haiti Port-au-Prince Toussaint Louverture International Airport Terminated [7]
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol [18]
Suriname Avanavero Avanavero Airstrip Terminated [10]
Suriname Bakhuys Bakhuys Airstrip Terminated [10]
Suriname Djoemoe Djoemoe Airstrip Terminated [10]
Suriname Ladouanie Laduani Airstrip Terminated [10]
Suriname Moengo Moengo Airstrip Terminated [10]
Suriname Nieuw Nickerie Majoor Henry Fernandes Airport Terminated [10]
Suriname Paramaribo Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport Hub [18]
Suriname Paramaribo Zorg en Hoop Airport Terminated [20]
Suriname Stoelmanseiland Stoelmans Eiland Airstrip Terminated [20]
Suriname Wasjabo Washabo Airport Terminated [20]
Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain Piarco International Airport [18]
United States Miami Miami International Airport [18]



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.[21]

As of September 2014, the Surinam Airways fleet comprises the following aircraft:[22]


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

Surinam Airways operated the following aircraft throughout its history:[17][23][24]

Incidents and accidents

See also


  1. ^ Leased temporarily from EuroAtlantic Airways while the company's sole Airbus A340 was used for the Surinamese president's visit to China.[26]


  1. ^ "About us – The SLM Group". Surinam Airways. Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Jessurun maakt plaats voor Ewald Henshuys
  3. ^ a b Pilling, Mark (24 December 2008). "Putting Surinam on the map".  
  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".  
  6. ^ a b "World airline directory–Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschapptj (Surinam Airways—SLM)".  
  7. ^ a b c "World Airline Directory–Surinam Airways". Flight International: 99. 17 March 1999–23 March 1999. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "World Airline Directory–Surinaamse Luchvaart Maatschappij (Surinam Airways-SLM)".  
  9. ^ "World Airline Directory–Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschapptj NV (Surinam Airways—SLM)".  
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "World airline directory – Surinaamse Lutchtvaart Maatschappij (Surinam Airways—SLM)".  
  11. ^ "Operations: Air transport – Safety board slams illegal crewing".  
  12. ^ Veerman, Ronald (25 November 2009). "Suriname Jumboloos" (in Dutch). Amsterdam:  
  13. ^
  14. ^
  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".  
  17. ^ a b
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Route map". Surinam Airways. Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Inaugurele vlucht van de SLM naar Guyana". Waterkant.Net (in Dutch). 5 April 2012. Archived from the original on 16 August 2013. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ "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
  22. ^ "Surinam Airways Fleet". ch-aviation GmbH. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. 
  23. ^ "SubFleets for: Surinam Airways". AeroTransport Data Bank. 18 July 2013. Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. 
  24. ^
  25. ^ "Surinam Airways Fleet". ch-aviation GmbH. Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "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. 
  27. ^
  28. ^ Accident description for N1809E at the Aviation Safety Network

External links

  • Official Website
  • Official Website (Dutch)
  • Surinam Airways fleet
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