Vrille From Netherlands, joined Apr 2007, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2912 times:
They did this more or less on purpose. As everybody knew in 2004 that Surinam Airways was buying an "old" 747 from the KLM some people doubted the serviceability of it (their question was; why would Surinam buy it if KLM was retiring it as being an old aircraft).
As an answer Surinam Airways started a sort of media campaign to show that they were meeting all standards and even taped a complete movie about the overhaul the aircraft needed by that time. This all was done to show the customers that they would fly with a safe and updated aircraft.
Kappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2232 times:
Quoting CEO@AFG (Reply 4): How's Surinam Airways doing? Are they a profitable airline or a propped up government subsidy case?
Often wanted to fly on that 743 when travelling through AMS, she's absolutely gorgeous
Before fuel prices skyrocketed, they were profitable. Last couple of years have been dismal however. There are also way too many people working at PY. Something like 300 employees, and they only have two planes.
However, if you choose to fly PY, I hear the service is great (I haven't flown PY since 2000 and back then the service was also nice). And those planes look really nice, even though I prefer the old livery: