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PAWA Dominicana (Pan Am World Airways Dominicana) was the international flag carrier of the Dominican Republic. It was created as a subsidiary airline for Pan American Airways. This airline had scheduled flights between Santo Domingo and other Caribbean and US destinations. It was based at Santo Domingo-Las Americas.

Pawa Dominicana
PAWA Dominicana Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operationsAugust 14, 2015 (2015-08-14)
Ceased operationsFebruary 2018
HubsLas Américas International Airport
Frequent-flyer programPreference
Fleet size7
Company sloganNuestro Orgullo Vuela Mas Alto (Our Pride Flies Higher)
HeadquartersSanto Domingo
Key peopleGary Stone (CEO) (out of order)

Authority for several international routes was suspended January 28, 2018.[1] As of February 2018, the airline has ceased all of its operations. The airline's failure would be the first test of the nation's new bankruptcy law.[2]



Pan Am World Airways Dominicana was a Dominican airline based in Santo Domingo-Las Americas. It operated charter flights to several Caribbean destinations. Regular flights were scheduled to Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Antigua, San Juan, PR, Havana, Cuba, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in South America and the U.S. It was a Dominican airline under Part 121 operating in the Dominican Republic since May 2007.

PAWA Dominicana's hub was at Santo Domingo-Las Americas Intl.Airport,[3] where the airline operated and maintained its fleet.

On June 4, 2010 the company was purchased by a group of airline professionals and they appointed Mrs.Mirtha Espada as the company's President.

On February 2012 the airline temporarily ceased scheduled services but continued operating charter services. On March 2012 the company appointed Mr.Hector Gomez as President with the task of re-orienting the company, and also calling back the former company's founder and owner as part of the organization.

The airline secured its Air Operator Certificate in mid-October 2014 and started services using 4 MD80 aircraft. The first flight took place on August 14, 2015.

As of February 2018, the airline has ceased all of it's operations.


A PAWA Dominicana DC-9-32 wearing the former livery

PAWA Dominicana authority included international charter services and scheduled services to Antigua, Aruba, Curaçao, Havana, San Juan and St. Maarten from Santo Domingo HUB with several flights a week on MD80 and DC9. PWD was working to consolidate flights to New York and Miami (service started Nov. 2016) and other Caribbean Islands. The company's goal was stated as "to make SDQ the HUB of the caribbean." In the future, PWD would have planned flights from Santiago and Punta Cana to Miami, New York and San Juan.

A PAWA Dominicana MD-80 in current livery on approach to Princess Juliana International Airport


Codeshare agreementsEdit

PAWA had codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


Current fleetEdit

As of August 2017, the PAWA Dominicana fleet consisted of the following aircraft:[4]

Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 757-200 2 24 164 188 Transferred from SBA Airlines
Boeing 767-200ER Transferred from SBA Airlines
Bombardier CRJ200LR 1 2 50 50
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 1 160 160
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 4 160 160
McDonnell Douglas MD-87 2 12 97 109 Stored
Total 7 5

Former fleetEdit

Over the years, PAWA Dominicana operated the following types:

Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
C Y Total
BAe Jetstream 31 2 19 19 Retired after Restructuring
Douglas DC-9-32 2 110 110 Retired 2016/2017
Total 4


  1. ^ "IDAC Threatens Property Embargo On PAWA Dominicana". Curacao Chronicle. February 12, 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  2. ^ Jaime M, Señor Fernandez (February 15, 2018). "La reestructuración mercantil de PAWA Dominicana". El Dinero (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  3. ^ CH-Aviation (November 21, 2008). "PAWA Dominicana hubs and airline details". Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  4. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 13.

Junta de Aviación Civil de la República Dominicana (JAC). Instituto Dominicano de Aviación Civil de la República Dominicana (IDAC).

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