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Sol Air - Honduras

Mon Jul 15, 2002 9:57 pm

Good news (?) for Central America travelers...

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras –– Sol Air, the second-ever Honduras-based airline, began operations Friday, offering daily flights from a pair of Honduran cities to the United States.

With a fleet of four Boeing 737s and Super 7s, Sol Air will offer daily flights from the capital, Tegucigalpa, and from the northern city of San Pedro Sula to Miami, Florida. The airline plans to expand its schedule to include flights to the capitals of El Salvador and Nicaragua in coming weeks.

"We are a business founded on Honduran investment that looks to offer new options, fair prices and optimum service," Ricardo Martinez, Sol Air's president, said at a news conference.

The airline offers fares to Miami starting at $199, down from the $450 Hondurans have become accustom to paying, Martinez said.

U.S. giants American Airlines and Continental Airlines, as well as El Salvador-based air-consortium Grupo Taca also offer daily flights from Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula to a variety of U.S. and Latin American destinations.

Martinez said all seats on all Air Sol flights are already sold out through November.

The only other Honduras airline, SAHSA, went out of business in 1994, after 51 years of operating its worldwide hub out of Tegucigalpa.

SAHSA, founded by U.S. businessman Newton Shelton, was the first airline to challenge a Central American monopoly once held by U.S. carrier Pan Am, but the company never recovered from a devastating 1989 crash.

A SAHSA Boeing 727 that left Tegucigalpa bound for Houston, Texas, crashed into a hill 10 miles from the airport. The company was forced to cover nearly half of the $400 million in damages awarded to family members of crash victims who filed a class action suit in the early 1990s.

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RE: Sol Air - Honduras

Mon Jul 15, 2002 10:13 pm

super 7s... dash-7s?
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RE: Sol Air - Honduras

Mon Jul 15, 2002 11:56 pm

These starups will need very good luck. There was such an attempt to do something similar in Nicaragua, late last year + early this year and it failed miserably, leaving people stranded for weeks.
Every one in Central America seems to vilify Grupo Taca (since it may not be their own 100% national carrier is my guess ), which may be one of the assets that start up have to bring people in, but as in the case of nicaragua the find out that Taca, in really not much better or worse that AA and the rest, and small inexperiensded airlines (especially in 3 world countries) may not be the way to go if you want a trouble free flight.
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RE: Sol Air - Honduras

Tue Jul 16, 2002 1:28 am

Yes it may be a trouble free flight but you need to understand flying with Grupo Taca is not cheap, it's not that it's not a 100% national airline it's that it's not a cheap airline . The same goes with AA (not cheap either), in the case of Sol Air they want to bring a cheap alternative for Hondurans who want to travel . It wont be easy for Sol Air they have two giants against them but I wish them the best of luck.
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