Paramaribo, Suriname - Surinam Airways removes its only Airbus A340-300 from the service. The airline management has decided not to continue flying with the aircraft since it is on the ground at the Schipol International Airport due to technical problems.
The 21-year-old A340-300, which joined the Surinam Airways in 2016, is the only aircraft in the airlines' fleet operated for the scheduled flights between Paramaribo and Schiphol.
The aircraft was expected to leave the Surinam's fleet at the end of this year. Surinam Airways has signed a deal with Boeing for the lease of a Boeing 777-200ER to replace its troubled A340.
The 777-200ER will be replaced by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in 2021.
What will happen to the stranded A340 remains unclear. The aircraft is parked at the Schiphol-East with a Boeing 777-300ER from the bankrupt Jet Airways and three Boeing 737 MAX jets from TUI fly.
Surinam Airways will wet-lease aircraft from charter operators to continue its scheduled flights between Paramaribo and Schiphol until the arrival of its leased Boeing 777-200ER.