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How Is Surinam Airways?

Wed Jan 16, 2002 11:59 am

Whats going on at this small carrier? I know they have only one DC-9-51 as the whole fleet. Which routes they fly? What replacement will they buy for this old, noisy but beautiful bird?
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RE: How Is Surinam Airways?

Wed Jan 16, 2002 12:37 pm

More than just one DC-9. They operate between Paramaibo and Miami twice a week with a 727-200. Not sure if they own it or not, but that is what they use. They have a Paramaibo-Amsterdam route operated by KLM and a Paramabio-Cayenne route operated by Air France. If you want more information, the e-mail adress of thier US offices is surair@bellsouth.net. Website, which lacks fleet info, is www.slm.firm.sr.
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RE: How Is Surinam Airways?

Wed Jan 16, 2002 3:07 pm

Are you sure that Surinam Airways is flying direct to Miami? Last I heard, they did not receive FAA certification and have been flying as far as Paramaribo-Curacao, where they connect with ALM Antillean Airlines MD-80 for the onward flight to Miami. It was a code share, which showed Surinam Airways (PY) flying Miami-Curacao-Paramaribo, with ALM (LM) operating Miami-Curacao and (PY) Curacao-Paramaribo.

I believe they also have the DHC-6 aircraft which they use on the Paramaribo-Georgetown flight. Belem, Barbados and Port of Spain, Trinidad were also on PY's route map, not sure if they are still being served.
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RE: How Is Surinam Airways?

Wed Jan 16, 2002 10:02 pm

Maybe they use a leased-727. But they do fly to MIA with 727s. Thier own check-in desks as well, no codeshares. In fact, they even got a secuirty citation last October at MIA. They do stop in CUR though, on the way to PBM.
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RE: How Is Surinam Airways?

Thu Jan 17, 2002 1:05 am

POS is still in the PY route map. As wel as GEO.

BGI isn't in the route map anymore, and there is one route from PBM to Belem via Cayenne. and ofcourse the flight PBM-CUR-MIA with the Boeing 727 and the 3 code-shared flights with the KLM to AMS with a 743.

PY and ALM stopped their joint-venture a few months time ago, ALM is now DCE (Dutch Caribbean Express), and operates since the end of 2001 a weekly Curacao-Paramaribo flight. I don't know if it's a one or twice-weekly flight.

Air France doesn't have PBM in their Caribbean flight schedule anymore, but passengers travelling to/from Paris(ORY) still have the opportunity to make a transfer to/from a PBM flight, but now with a PY DC-9

that's all i know at this moment......

I hope PY one day will resume their own flights to AMS, like the way DCE does at this moment. (Leased 763 from Sobelair, operating on the AMS-CUR route with flt nrs. K8 2000/2001)
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RE: How Is Surinam Airways?

Fri Jan 18, 2002 4:03 am

SY still flies to POS. The last time I was there (in July and flying out) I saw their wet-leased 727-200, leased from Miami Air, land and pull up by the jetway. The plane was taxying for departure when my BWIA TriStar flight left. Suriname suffers with Category 2 rating and so the wet-lease is necessary for their services to the USA. I did not know that they had dropped Barbados.

They still use their DC-9-50 but only on regional routes and not to the USA. My mother had flown on them to Cayenne and had flown on the Twin Otter - I do not know whether they still have them or the one Dash 8. Apart from the Twin Otter I have seen all of their types in POS - in fact a few years ago they had an MD87 and theirs was the only of the type ever to fly to POS.

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