Sol Airlines still on the ground


Over six months after taking delivery of a BAe 146, new Dominican Republic operator Sol Airlines has so far failed to get off the ground. The airline being established by Brazilian investors, intended to begin operations in July 2007, and operate as many as five BAe 146s, as well as two Boeing 767s. Their first BAe 146, former Air Wisconsin series 200 N610AW (msn E2082), arrived at La Romana on 10 June. Sistership N609AW (msn E2070) was due to follow, but never left Kingman. In the meantime, N610AW languished on the ground at La Romana, with little evidence of anything happening other than a re-registration to HI-SOL. The airline apparently ran into difficulties recruiting and training staff, as well as into various bureaucratic delays. It then got upset that the government was considering awarding route rights to Brazilian airlines TAM, Gol, and Ocean Air, threatening a market it thought it would have to itself.

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