Sol Air was in deep financial shape when Aeropostal/Nelson Ramiz stepped in. I wouldn't refer to them as "successful" because they have been flying for two years. They have managed to burn through a lot of cash in two years, but not all too successful. Though, given the life spans of similar airlines from the region, I guess it is somewhat successful.
Most of what's been said above covers the Sol Air/Aero Honduras/Aeropostal story. But just to ellaborate. It was Nelson Ramiz, the owner of Aeropostal, who put the money into Sol Air through his US investment firm, Aeron. Ricardo Martinez, the owner of Sol Air/Aero Honduras, is still around because Honduran law requires majority ownership by Honduras. However, most of Sol Air's other management was replaced by Aeropostal management and there is a general manager from Aeropostal in Tegucigalpa calling the shots at Aero Honduras.
To their credit, Aeropostal implemented much-need back-office and financial controls. Sol Air was in pretty bad financial shape when Ramiz came in. The introduction between Ramiz and Martinez occured because of Emilio Dirube, CEO and founder of Falcon Air Express, who operated airplanes for both airlines and was (or is) familiar with the Sol Air financials. Ricardo Maduro, president of Honduras, is also a minority investor in Sol Air/Aero Honduras, which certainly doesn't hurt. Ironically, though, he almost always flies American Airlines and just this past week I sat in front of his wife on AA
going back to TGU.
At any rate, they do have a credibility problem in the Honduran market. The fares to travel within Central America from Honduras are, relatively speaking, high and as a result competing service should do well. However, Aero Honduras has a lot to live up to.
Luis - welcome to the fourms, good to see you over here from PPRune.