latinaviation
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Sol Air To SAL?

Wed Nov 12, 2003 6:13 am

It looks like Sol Air, a small Honduran airline, has dropped MIA-SAL ... can anyone confirm? Sol Air has kept a pretty low profile lately. I know one of their wet-leased (Falcon Air) 737-300s got swapped to Aeromar but now believe it's back, at least temporarily until Royal Aruban takes delivery of a Falcon Air 737-300.

http://www.solair.net


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mt99
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RE: Sol Air To SAL?

Wed Nov 12, 2003 6:57 am

I guess too much competition from AA and TACA on the miami run.

I would have thought that Dic. would be a good month for any airline to Central America considering homeward bound passengers for the holidays.

I heard that Sol Air has many complains regarding flight cancelling and luggage issues.
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RE: Sol Air To SAL?

Wed Nov 12, 2003 11:55 pm

I guess its official:

Aparentley they are pairing up with smaller local airlines. The article points out that during the last weeks the passenger load was 10-15 passengers.

http://www.laprensagrafica.com/economia/economia6.asp
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RE: Sol Air To SAL?

Thu Nov 13, 2003 6:57 am

I think Sol is out at DFW, too. I looked at their Sept. pax figures and they carried 735 pax. That ain't cuttin it for any route, any size airline, plane, etc. Yet another foreign carrier to leave my DFW. I'd trade them for AF coming back, though. I'll see if I can make some phone calls.
 
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RE: Sol Air To SAL?

Thu Nov 13, 2003 7:00 am

I think Sol is out at DFW, too. I looked at their Sept. pax figures and they carried 735 pax. That ain't cuttin it for any route, any size airline, plane, etc. Yet another foreign carrier to leave my DFW. I'd trade them for AF coming back, though. I'll see if I can make some phone calls.

Yes, Sol Air is gone from DFW. They only flew DFW-RTB once a week, so it is not a huge loss. Instead, they are now flying MIA-RTB non-stop instead of MIA-SAP-RTB. Overall, they have, however, done very well in the Miami-Honduras market, offering cheap fares in a high-fare market.
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latinaviation
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RE: Sol Air To SAL?

Thu Nov 13, 2003 7:09 am

Actually, 735 pax on a weekly flights with a 737-300 isn't too bad. That flight was one of Sol Air's highest load factor flights and was operated in conjunction with local dive and hotel operators in Roatan.
 
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RE: Sol Air To SAL?

Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:37 am

New Orleans is supposed to be Sol Air's next U.S destination thanks to the large Honduran population in the MSY metro area (3rd largest I believe behind MIA and LAX). Service to commence in 2004 at some point.


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latinaviation
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RE: Sol Air To SAL?

Wed Nov 26, 2003 3:02 am

Sol Air is featured in January's "Airways" magazine. I just got in the mail yesterday, so it should hit newsstands in the near future. Neat little airline.
 
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RE: Sol Air To SAL?

Wed Nov 26, 2003 6:25 am

are they ever going to paint one of those falcon 737s in real Sol Air colors?
How about the one for Royal Aruban?, my guess is it'll be in falcon air livery also
 
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RE: Sol Air To SAL?

Wed Nov 26, 2003 11:00 pm

Mario,

I think Royal Aruban, if it does ever get off the ground from FLL, will probably operate in the standard Falcon Air Express scheme, as did both Sol Air and Aeromar. I assume given the special "S" on the tail of Sol Air aircraft that is their "real" and only scheme, particularly given their close relationship to Falcon Air.

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