Solomon Airlines has validated a tripartite
codeshare agreement with fellow Melanesian carriers Air Niugini
and Air Vanuatu.
Initially announced in principle last February,
the watershed agreement confirming the codeshare was officially
signed by the heads of all three carriers at the bi-annual
Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA) AGM taking place in
Under the terms of the accord, Solomon
Airlines will be in position to buy seats from Air Niugini on its
four weekly flights from Port Moresby to Honiara and vice versa.
The codeshare also extends to a weekly Port Vila
service which Solomon Airlines will codeshare with Air Vanuatu as
well as the PNG national carrier.
CEO, Captain Ron Sumsum said a reservations system required for
the service had already been tested and all
three carriers were in position to commence operation of the new
service by 1 January 2016 “if not sooner.”
“The benefits to
the Melanesian region with all three airlines working in unison
are a major boost for the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) mandate
and will play a key role in further promoting MSG ideals,” Captain Sumsum said.
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