Solomon Airlines’ hub the Henderson International Airport in Honiara (HIR) and is the official international carrier of the Solomon Islands. A scattered archipelago of some 990-odd richly forested mountainous islands and low-lying coral atolls, the Solomon Islands has been attracting international tourism since 1568 when Spanish explorer Alvaro de Mendana first sailed into this tucked away corner of the South Pacific. Mendana’s legacy can still be found in the Solomon Islands today with many of the islands still bearing the Spanish names he gave them – Santa Isabel, San Cristóbal and perhaps the most famous of all, Guadalcanal, the name synonymous with World War II which takes its name from a small township in Andalucia in southern Spain.
Things changed dramatically during World War II and the Solomon Islands became a household name when the forces of Imperial Japan invaded, the region becoming the scene for some of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific theatre and most famously the battle of Guadalcanal when thousands of Japanese and US servicemen lost their lives.
Little has changed in the Solomon Islands since then and it’s thanks to this that the Solomon Islands have become such a breathtakingly fresh destination for those international travellers hardy enough to get off the beaten track and look for a new and very different experience.
Today World War II buffs and veterans and their families – mostly American and Japanese – SCUBA divers and surfers looking for the ultimate uncrowded wave, make up the bulk of the 22,000 or so international travellers who visit every year. But the destination is fast attracting a brand new breed of travellers from around the world – family groups, bird watchers, honeymooners, sports fishermen, yachtsmen, culture-lovers and simply those looking to make their own tracks.
The newly emerging, multi-faceted Solomon Islands can pretty much cater to every taste, desire and budget with its myriad choice of accommodation – from the ‘big gun’ hotels of the capital Honiara to boutique resort accommodation, eco-lodges and home-stays dotted across the entire archipelago. Best of all, and quite a surprise for many travellers, the Solomon Islands are very easy to reach – it takes less than three hours to reach the Solomon Islands’ capital Honiara from Brisbane and just over three hours from Sydney flying a sleek Solomon Airlines Airbus A320 complete with full onboard service.
Solomon Airlines is IOSA accredited and flies both domestically and internationally. Their fleet of 5 aircraft include newly upgraded A320 for international routes and a fleet of smaller aircraft specifically suited to their network of domestic routes. They provide enjoyable flying to a range of island destinations that both locals and world travellers are seeking.
Their flagship A320 flies our international routes including Sydney, Brisbane, Port Vila and Nadi. Your clients be given a “Warm Welkam” as they board and comfortably settle into their economy or business class seating. In-flight, your clients will enjoy full service all the way on their international routes.
Solomon Airlines Dash 8 currently operates services between Honiara and two of the larger islands. Daily flights between Gizo and Honiara, connecting to international flights, takes approximately one and a half hours.
Solomon Airlines’ Twin Otter operates services to all 9 provinces across the Solomon Islands. Their De Havilland Twin Otter aircraft comfortably seats 18 people. Their Islander aircraft also fly to all 9 provinces and are ideal for many of our island strips.
All Solomon Airlines’ international flights offer full service and complimentary beverages. Economy Class offers a choice of meals, and passengers can choose from a range of selected wines and beers from Australia and Solomon Islands. Belama Class, our own Business-First cabin, also offers a range of complimentary soft drinks, tea, coffee, premium wine, cocktails and beer, together with a choice of meals.
Belama Club means access to our exclusive air-conditioned Belama Club Lounge at the Honiara International Airport. And as a Belama Plus Member, passengers have access to the Tabua Lounge at Nadi Airport and the Executive Club of Air Niugini at Port Moresby. In Sydney and Brisbane, Belama Plus Members can access the Qantas Club Lounge.
Solomon Airlines is a proud airline creating a real sense of belonging in the community: “We go the extra mile in everything we do”
WHERE WE FLY
Domestically, Solomon Airlines carries some 65,000 passengers each year from Honiara to 19 destinations throughout the islands.
Their routes cater for local needs as well as taking visitors to idyllic locations that wait to be discovered. They fly your clients to all the places they’ve read about (and many they haven’t).
From Honiara to Choiseul Bay, Ballalae, Gizo, Munda, Kagau, Ramata, Seghe, Suavanao, Fera, Auki, Atoifi, Afutara, Arona, Santa Ana, Kirakira, Santa Cruz, Rennell, Bellona, and Marau.
Internationally, Solomon Airlines flies to Nadi, Port Vila and code shares with Air Niugini to Port Morseby.
As a major development, they have exciting things happening through their new code share arrangements with Qantas between Sydney, Brisbane and Honiara. They fly 4 times a week between Honiara and Brisbane. And now, they fly direct from Sydney every Tuesday.
Qantas Interline arrangements has opened Solomon Islands globally as a seamlessly accessible destination. Now people can fly Qantas from Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, and Cairns to Sydney or Brisbane, then through to Honiara with Solomon Airlines.
QANTAS INTERLINE INTERNATIONAL SERVICES
Interline international services connect Sydney or Brisbane with:
•Plus other destinations!
AIR NEW ZEALAND INTERLINE INTERNATIONAL SERVICES
Interline international services from Air New Zealand connect to:
•Plus other destinations
TRAVEL AGENT SUPPORT
•Attention all travel agents: Solomon Airlines (IE) pays 5% commission on published fares!
•ARC Accredited, Eticketable in 1S, 1A, 1V, 1P
•Accepting AMEX, cash
•Connection to the Tourism Board
•Non GDS users can make bookings through our US Reservations Office
For more information visit them online at www.flysolomons.com.
Non GDS users can make bookings through their US Reservations Office:
US LOCAL HELP DESK
Solomon Airlines USA
420 Lexington Ave Ste 2523
New York, NY 10170