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.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
The Solomon Islands has strong traditional cultures which vary from province to province. Handy information is provided to assist you in your travels.
The Solomon Islands is one hour ahead of Australian time. Population.- approximately 300,000. These are primarily Solomon Islanders, but also Melanesian, Polynesian, Gilbertese, most of whom are Christian.
Predominantly English speaking, although Melanesian Pidgin is spoken by locals.
Henderson Field Airport, eight kilometres from the capital Honiara. (SI$40.00 on departure).
International communication services are available in Honiara and in the main centres of the Solomon Islands. These include fax, telephone and email.
Visas are not required by visitors from Commonwealth countries, the United States, and other visitors who are in possession of onward bookings by air or sea, except for certain nationals of certain countries who require visas, even if in direct transit by air (detailed requirements can be checked with a British Embassy, Consulate, or High Commission, or direct with the Principle Immigration Officer, Hibiscus Avenue, Honiara, Solomon Islands).
Solomon Island Dollars (SI$). Banks in Honiara include Westpac, ANZ and the National Bank of the Solomon Islands. Most major credit cards are accepted at hotels and businesses in Honiara, but generally not in the outlying islands. Commerce in the native villages (for carvings, etc.) is conducted in Solomon Island dollars (SBD) or occasionally by barter. ATM facilities are also available.
Tropically warm and humid with coastal temperatures averaging 28 degrees Celsius.
Take along clothing which is light and airy. Preferably cottons. If you like, take along a sweater for the rare cool evening. Female dress should be modest in public areas.
Dental, medical and hospital services are available in main centres.
240 Volts AC power in Honiara and some outer islands centres.
Chloroquine resistant malaria exists in some regions. It is advisable to take anti-malarial medication during a stay and for four weeks after departure. Recommended immunizations are Hepatitis A, malaria, polio, tetanus, typhoid. A Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required if arriving within 6 days from or via infected areas. Boil or sterilize drinking water and milk. All food should be well cooked. We suggest you consult your doctor a few weeks in advance for the necessary medication or advice.
Solomon Star and selected overseas papers.
The Point Cruz Yacht Club and Honiara Golf Club, situated in Honiara, welcome overseas guests for drinks and light or main meals. For those looking for something more upbeat, there are several nightclubs in Honiara, The Warehouse, Club Marimba, Paradise Club, and VIP Club featuring DJ’s and/or local and overseas bands.
Other activities include regular dances, film nights, sailing, boating, fishing and golf tournaments. Several casinos in Honiara cater for both the casual and serious punters who enjoy Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette and the famous Pacific Poker.
Not expected and not encouraged.