Solomon Airlines advised today that, as already reported, an Airlines PNG Dash8 was involved in an accident in PNG that included fatalities which has in turn GROUNDED THE WHOLE FLEET OF DASH8’s owned and operated by Airlines PNG including the one on lease to Solomon Airlines in Solomon Islands.
The matter has been continually discussed between the airlines and the latest information received indicates that a team from Bombardier, the makers of Dash8 aircraft; and Transport Canada under which the aircraft is manufactured, are arriving soon into PNG to evaluate information that may determine the release to service or otherwise of the fleet of Dash8’s mentioned above which will include the aircraft based in Honiara.
It was indicated to Solomon Airlines by APNG that the earliest we can expect some further update on the operation of the Dash8 will be Tuesday next week (18thOCT).
“On that basis, the airline said, ‘our team are reviewing daily operations with the Twin Otter and Islander to ensure we maintain some semblance of operation considering that without the Dash8, this will have a major impact on our schedule integrity.”
“Passengers are requested to maintain contact with the airlines offices and agents to gauge when their own travels will be catered for.”
At the end of the day, Solomon Airlines says, “the safety of our passengers is paramount and we ar