Solomon Airlines Limited history dates back to 1962 when Mr Laurie Crowly founded a small charter company called Megapode Airways. A change of both ownership and name to Solomon Island Airways (although better known by the acronym SOLAIR) occured when Macair of Papua New Guinea purchased the airline in 1968, becoming the smallest International Airline in the world serving Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. In 1975, Macair and SOLAIR were taken over by TALAIR and by 1976 the airline was operating 9 aircraft on its domestic services. The Solomon Islands Government bought 49 percent of the Airline's shares in 1979 and with it the right to buy the remaining 51 percent at the end of the following 5 years.
In 1984, the Government of Solomon Islands acquired the remaining stake in SOLAIR from TALAIR and returned all leased aircraft to TALAIR after the completion of the acquisition of the airline and its assets. With a modest investment, the Government introduced its first 2 aircraft with a new livery and officially changed its name to Solomon Airlines Limited.
Solomon Airlines entered the jet age with a joint venture to serve the international market demand with QANTAS and Air Pacific in 1989. When civil unrest broke out in 1999, the United Nations imposed sanctions that severely restricted involvement of the venture partners and faced many and varied changes in the airlines operations. For many years Solomon Airlines endured the aftermath of civil unrest and remarkably in the face of recent stiff competition and the global financial challenges, today remains the market leader in both the Domestic and International sectors of aviation in the Solomon Islands.
On the 23 December 2008 the Government of the day approved a comprehensive restructure and recovery plan for Solomon Airlines be adopted. Progress over the past 2 years indicates the airline is well on track with the recovery process with the Board and Management foreseeing
an IOSA accredited Airline that meets the highest standards of safety and exhibits potential to attract genuine private enterprise investment.
With a total employee strength of 179 based in Honiara - Solomon Islands, Solomon Airlines serves a Domestic network of 24 destinations, an International network servicing Brisbane – AUSTRALIA, Nadi – FIJI, Port Vila – VANUATU, Port Moresby – PNG and other major interline connections throughout the world. This diverse group of dedicated people engages in the following core business:
→ Domestic and International Regular Air Transport
→ Domestic and International Regular Cargo Transport
→ Domestic and International Charter Operations