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Solomon Airlines

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Solomon Airlines Template:Airline codes is the national airline of the Solomon Islands.

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History

Solomon Airlines was established in 1962 as a charter airline by Laurie Crowley. Crowley had been flying around Papua New Guinea when he started to fly charter flights on a single Piper Aztec plane to the Solomons. Since no commercial aircraft was based at the Solomon Islands, Crowley decided to start an airline and called it Megapode Airlines. Megapode was Solomon Airlines fore runner.

After Macair of Papua New Guinea decided to buy off Megapode in 1968, they decided to change the airline's name to Solomon Islands Airways, although most of the public knew the airline by the acronymun of SOLAIR. Macair had bought Megapode after Megapode had gone from a charter airline, to a regular flights one. Under Macair, SOLAIR became the smallest international airline in the world, serving the city of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, with a total of two Doves and two Beech Barons.

In 1975, Macair and SOLAIR were bought off by Talair, and in 1976, the airline received nine Beech Queen Air 80 airplanes, and the Solomon Islands Government bought 49 percent of the airline's shares and establishing the right to buy the remaining 51 percent by the next five years.

For the next five years, growth was slow but steady. A brand new Fairchild Metro was bought, and services were established to Vanuatu.

In 1984 the Government decided it wanted to buy all of the airline's shares, and two Twin Otters and one Bandeirante plane were leased from Talair. Soon after full Government take-over, the three leased planes were returned. In 1987, the sale of the airline and its assets Pacific Car Rental (a subsidiary of Avis) and tour company Hunts of the Pacific, were completed.

The new ownership was met with skepticism and distrust by airline workers, and many of them would leave their jobs soon, including some on the managerial level. Then, the Government was faced with the task of rebuilding the airline, and it started doing so by investing 2 million dollars to buy two -300 Twin Otters. Soon, a new livery was introduced, and the name was changed to Solomon Airlines officially.

A joint venture with Qantas followed, and then Solomon Airlines entered the jet age by leasing a Boeing 737 from Air Pacific. Solomon Airlines and Air Pacific soon also made a joint venture, but when Air Pacific announced in 1989 it was planning to substitute its Boeing 737 with a Boeing 767 to upgrade international services, Solomon Airlines was forced to lease one from another company, and so it decided on leasing a 737 owned by International Lease Finance Corp. Since then, the airline has operated with leased 737's alongside their own turbo-props. In 1999, after civil war broke out in the Solomons, United Nations imposed sanctions severely damaged the airline's international routes, and at one point, the airline was allowed to have only one such route, the one they decided to keep flying being the flight to Brisbane.

Nowadays, Solomon Airlines has apparently battled off the consequences of the Civil War, and it still flies, mainly nearby their area of the Pacific Ocean.

Airplane models wise, Solomon Airlines has a contract with Wooster plastic plane models to make Solomon Airlines models.

Livery

Their livery consists of an all white fuselage, with the word Solomon written in blue over their planes' windows, with blue and yellow cheatlines that begin on the center of the fuselage and go all the way to the tail. The tail is all navy blue colored, except for five white stars and three yellow lines. The three yellow lines are located on the bottom of the tail.

Fleet

Solomon Airlines does not appear to be operating any jet aircraft (at April 2005). The fleet of 4 Boeing 737 aircarft has been disposed of.

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