Solomon Airlines (Solomons) (Honiara) suspended all domestic and international airline operations on June 7, 2016 over a dispute for promised funding from the Solomon Islands government. CEO Ron Sum Sum said millions of dollars in unpaid government payments had seriously compromised safe airline operations.
The government hopes to reach an agreement with the ailing airline and resume critical operations for the island nation.
Solomons (Solomon Airlines) (flysolomons.com) (Honiara) has added its first Airbus A320 to its AOC. Previously other airlines operated its international routes.
The airline announced on September 8, 2011 that CASA Australia (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) has finally approved their FAOC (Foreign Air Operators Certificate) application which now gives Solomons their AOC to commence scheduled flights to and from Brisbane, Australia.
Our Airline operated for Solomons until September 11, 2011.
The pictured former Air Canada Airbus A320-211 now registered as H4-BUS (msn 302) commenced its first scheduled revenue flight on Monday September 12, 2011 from Brisbane to Honiara and return. H4-BUS is pictured at BNE in the revised color scheme.
The flag carrier of the Solomon Airlines also intends to operate the A320 from Honiara to Port Moresby and return.
Solomons (Solomon Airlines) (Honiara) will let the Strategic Airlines (Australia) wet lease expire and will dry lease its own Airbus A320 in March 2011. The new A320 will operate in full Solomons colors rather than Strategic colors.
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Airbus A320 F-GSTS has been painted in the new Strategic brand at Toulouse. Copyright Photo: Eurospot.
Strategic Airlines (Brisbane) is a new international airline from Australia. The company expects to commence operations this October in Europe and August in Australia. Strategic will specialize in ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance) operations. Two 174-seat Airbus A320s are being leased from AerCap. One A320 will be based in Europe (the company has applied for a French AOC so there will be a French subsidiary). The second A320 will be based in Brisbane and will be operated for Solomon Airlines starting on August 3, 2009. A larger Airbus A330-200 is also being leased from Swiss International Air Lines.