Paramaribo - The only Airbus A340-300 of the Surinam Airways has been grounded for more than two months. After a C-check the aircraft was intended to be put into service at the end of March, but it is delayed to the end of May now.
The aircraft, which is used exclusively by SLM on the Paramaribo-Amsterdam route, flew to Frankfurt in early January for maintenance. A landing gear replacement and a C-check has been planned.
The Surinamese media reports that the C-check takes more time than planned due to additional work required. As a result, the more than twenty-year-old device must remain on the ground for considerably longer.
SLM took over the A340-300 in 2015 from Air China, replacing an older A340-300 from Air France. Before that, the SLM operated a Boeing 747-300 taken over from KLM on the mid-Atlantic route.
Due to the absence of its A340, SLM is forced to lease a Boeing 777-200ER from the Spanish charter company Privilege Style for the three weekly flights between Paramaribo and Amsterdam.
Surinam Airways has also two Boeing 737 in its fleet and flies to nine destinations in eight countries.