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Solomon Airlines, the national airline of the Solomon Islands, has selected StandardAero to continue supporting the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW120A engines powering its Dash 8-100 regional turboprop fleet. Under the multi-year follow-on agreement, StandardAero will support Solomon Airlines’ engines on a pay-per-hour basis, providing the airline with the assurance of predictable, low-risk engine maintenance costs.
StandardAero is a designated overhaul facility (DOF) for the P&WC PW100 family, with overhaul facility locations in Summerside, P.E.I., and Gonesse, France, supported by seven service center locations across America, Europe, Africa and Asia. With more than 25 years of reliable turboprop MRO experience, the company provides engine support options and recommendations that are tailored to operators specific needs. StandardAero’s service offering on the PW100 family also includes engine condition trend monitoring (ECTM) services, as a CAMP Systems Designated Analysis Center (DAC).
Commenting on the announcement, Brett Gebers, CEO of Solomon Airlines, said: “As the national carrier of a country with unique archipelago geography, the safety and reliability of our domestic operation across 24 locations is crucial to the Solomon Islands community and economy. It is vital that we have the right suppliers to support the integrity of our operation. We have the utmost confidence in StandardAero as a reliable, flexible and responsive MRO provider experienced in Oceania aviation.”
“We are honoured to extend our long-running relationship with Solomon Airlines through this new multi-year PW120A support agreement, which is testament to the proven track record of a winning partnership,” said Jason Johnson, vice-president, Sales and Marketing for StandardAero’s Airline & Fleets business unit. “StandardAero is trusted by operators throughout Oceania as a provider of reliable, cost-effective engine support services, and we look forward to contributing to Solomon Airlines’ success for years to come.”
Headquartered at Henderson International Airport in Honiara, Solomon Airlines is the national airline of the Solomon Islands. The airline currently operates services from Honiara to Brisbane, Sydney, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tarrawanna, as well as an extensive domestic network around the Solomon Islands.
Solomon Airlines operates a mix of different aircraft, including the newly upgraded A320 on international routes, Dash 8, Twin Otter, and Islander aircraft on domestic routes. Interline and codeshare agreements with Qantas, Air Niugini, Air Vanuatu, and Air New Zealand are in place. From Northern America, most travelers fly via Los Angeles, Brisbane or Nadi.