AUSTRALIAN AIRLINE SEEKS BRISBANE-HONIARA ROUTE

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 12) – An Australian airline says it will drop millions of dollars in outstanding claims against Solomon Airlines if it is given the right to operate the Honiara-Brisbane route.

The Solomon Star newspaper says SkyAirWorld made the offer as its officials arrived in Honiara for talks with the government and Solomon Airlines.

Chief Executive Officer of the SkyAirWorld, David Charlton, told the Solomon Star they are looking forward to having fruitful discussions with local officials.

Solomon Airlines has a valid lease agreement with SkyAirWorld, under which the national carrier acquired an E-170 aircraft.

But Solomon Airlines abandoned the lease earlier this year when it realised it could not pay due to the cost involved.

As a result the E-170 aircraft was grounded in Brisbane, although the three-year lease agreement, signed in April this year, is still valid.

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