Surinam Airways plans to add a Boeing 737-300 and either an Airbus A330 or a Boeing 767 to its three-aircraft fleet, as it seeks to gradually expand its reach in the region.
The flag carrier has signed a letter of intent with AWAS to lease the 737, says Ewald Henshuys, director and chief executive of Surinam, on the sidelines of the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum 2012 in Panama City. It must be approved by the airlines board before the lease can be finalised.
Surinam leases two 737-300s form AWAS, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.
"We need to do more in Brazil and in the region," says Henshuys. The additional narrowbody will allow it to expand services on these routes, including flights between the "three Guyanas" - French Guiana, Guyana and Surinam - and Belem in Brazil.
He sees the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics as opportunities for Surinam to increase traffic on its routes to Brazil.
In the Caribbean and Latin America, the airline flies to Aruba, Curacao, Belem, Georgetown, Guyana, and Port of Spain from its base at Paramaribo. It also flies to Miami via Aruba and Georgetown.
Surinam is studying leasing a second widebody - either an A330 or 767 - for its fleet during the next few years in order to meet European Union (EU) regulations, says Henshuys. He says that the second aircraft will be used to increase reliability on its flights between Paramaribo and Amsterdam and for either additional frequencies in the Caribbean and Latin America, or contract flying for other Dutch carriers.
The airline leases its lone A340-300 from ILFC, according to Ascend.