Sol del Paraguay

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Sol del Paraguay
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IATA ICAO Callsign
PI SGU SOLPARAGUAYO
Founded May 15, 2010 (2010-05-15)
Commenced operations July 15, 2011 (2011-07-15)
Ceased operations August 1, 2012 (2012-08-01)[1]
Operating bases
Hubs
Focus cities
Company slogan La línea aérea Paraguaya, que une los cielos de América.
(Paraguayan airline, linking the American skies.)
Headquarters Asunción, Paraguay
Key people
  • Julio Koropeski (CEO)
Website www.viajaconsol.com

Sol del Paraguay Lineas Aereas was a Paraguayan passenger airline, based at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in the city of Asuncion.

History[edit]

The project to create the airline began in 2010. Sol del Paraguay is also a Paraguayan road transportation company that runs national and international routes, and is one of the largest long-distance bus operators in Paraguay. Due to its rapid growth, the company decided to expand and thus the idea to launch Sol del Paraguay Lineas Aereas came about. It had three Fokker 100 aircraft with a capacity of 108 people, with another on order. The company's first proving flight took place in May 2011, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of Paraguayan independence, and scheduled services began in late 2011. The airline operated two routes, with twice-daily domestic flights (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) between Asunción and Ciudad del Este; and twice-daily between Asunción and Buenos Aires.[2][3][4]

The launch of Sol del Paraguay Lineas Aereas was considered very important in Paraguay. The country had spent 15 years without a national airline, since former flag-carrier Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas became a part of Brazilian airline TAM in 1996. The initiation of flights in 2011 was somewhat symbolic, as it was the bicentennary of Paraguayan independence, and the company's three aircraft were all named after Paraguayan national symbols: Lago de Ypacaraí (after the lake of the same name which has been the inspiration for many Paraguayan folk songs), Itapúa Poty (flower of Itapúa - a southern department of Paraguay), and Héroes del Chaco (Heroes of the Chaco - the war in which Paraguay defeated Bolivia in the 1930s). It had been reported that Sol del Paraguay would operate domestic flights to Encarnación and Pedro Juan Caballero[5] - two cities which, despite having airports, did not have any scheduled flights.

On 1 August 2012 the airline ceased all operations due to financial problems following a local economic downturn.[1]

Destinations[edit]

South America[edit]

Argentina

Paraguay

Fleet[edit]

Until the cessation of operations the airline operated the following fleet:

Sol del Paraguay Líneas Aéreas fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Passengers
Fokker 100 3 108
Total 3

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