Suriname's Minister of Transport, Communication and Tourism, Andojo Rusland, has expressed dissatisfaction with Surinam Airways' A340-300 PZ-TCR (cn 242) which replaced a similar aircraft - PZ-TCP (cn 49) - in December last year. Reports in the local press claim the ex-Air China (CA, Beijing Capital) aircraft has a tight seating pitch which makes transatlantic flights between Paramaribo Int'l and Amsterdam particularly uncomfortable for passengers.
The Surinamese government has announced plans to privatize loss-making national carrier, Surinam Airways (PY, Paramaribo Int'l), within the next two to three years. Local media reports indicate that although the country's parliament has already debated the issue, no firm plan has yet been set out.
The announcement comes on the back of President Desi Bouterse's firing of airline CEO Ewald Henshuys along with his entire board, for gross negligence late last year.