Surinam Airways is an airline that has intrigued me for quite a while. The airline has a single A340-300 that they use for their long haul flights, between Paramaribo and Amsterdam.
The plane is over 20 years old, and previously flew for China Southwest Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and Air China. The airline has only been flying the A340 since 2015. Prior to that — from 2004 through 2010 — Surinam Airways had a Boeing 747-300 that they used for transatlantic flights.
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I wrote about Surinam Airways’ plans to refresh their fleet. The airline had signed a lease agreement for a Boeing 777-200ER, with the plan for them to take delivery of the plane in October 2019. This is a 777 that used to fly for Singapore Airlines, so it would represent a big passenger experience improvement.
This would replace their A340, and in the long run the airline was looking to eventually purchase a Boeing 787.
Airfleets even lists that the plane is headed to Surinam Airways.
While this plan seemed to be set in stone, it seems like this deal may not have been as widely agreed upon as we may have thought.
Surinam Airways’ director, Gerard Lau, has been suspended by the state owned carrier’s supervisory board. He was told that his contract will expire next week, just a year after he was appointed to the position.
What happened? Apparently he had entered into the agreement to acquire the 777 without fully consulting the supervisory board. Allegedly the supervisory board prefers a Boeing 787, and wasn’t onboard with this 777 plan.
It’s very strange that somehow this agreement was reached without full approval of the supervisory board, and it leaves me with a lot of questions. I’ll be curious to see if Surinam Airways does in fact follow through with their plans to acquire a 777, or what happens. Generally 787s aren’t as readily available as secondhand 777s, though I guess we’ll see…
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