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|Operating bases||OR Tambo International Airport
Libreville International Airport
Oued Irara–Krim Belkacem Airport
|Headquarters||Johannesburg, South Africa|
Solenta Aviation is an airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa, with its maintenance base at OR Tambo International Airport. The company was founded in 2002 and operates cargo flights on regional routes throughout the Sub-Saharan Africa on behalf of DHL Aviation. Solenta Aviation also operates extensively for the oil and gas industry ("OGP"), offering passenger charter, cargo and aircraft lease services.
Solenta Aviation has adopted a de-centralized business model, thus being able to offer flexible short-haul cargo flights. From its home and maintenance base at OR Tambo International Airport, it operates a number of DHL flights on regional routes to Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe using a fleet of ATR 42 and Cessna 208 Caravan cargo aircraft.
There are several subsidiaries under separate airline licenses:
- In 2006, Solenta Aviation Gabon was set up, which is headquartered at Libreville and operating out of Libreville International Airport, using one ATR 42 and one Beechcraft 1900
- Solenta Aviation Côte d'Ivoire is based in Abidjan and operates two ATR 42 aircraft for DHL Worldwide Express.
- Solenta Aviation Kenya Ltd. operates two cargo configured Cessna 208 Caravan out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi for DHL flights and aircraft lease services.
- Solenta Aviation Zimbabwe operates three Cessna 208 Caravan out of Harare International Airport linking Harare, Kariba, Bumi Hills, Hwange and Victoria Falls.
- Solenta Aviation Mozambique operates an ATR 42-500 (as of August 2016).
Further aircraft of Solenta Aviation are based and operated out of several other airports:
- Three Beechcraft 1900 are stationed at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana for passenger flights for the oil and tourism industries as well as on-demand charters.
- In Erbil, Iraq, one Beechcraft 1900 is based at Erbil International Airport mostly for humanitarian aid missions.
- In Conakry, Guinea, one Beechcraft 1900 is based at Conakry International Airport operated on behalf of a mining company.
- One Beechcraft 1900 is operated for the International Committee of the Red Cross mission in Kabul, Afghanistan.
- Another seven Beechcraft 1900 are operated on behalf of Air Express Algeria out of Oued Irara – Krim Belkacem Airport in Hassi Messaoud.
- One Beechcraft 1900 is operated for the International Committee of the Red Cross mission in Peshawar, Pakistan.
- Two Beechcraft 1900 are operating a network of DHL routes in Zambia and Zimbabwe out of Johannesburg International Airport.
- One ATR 42 is based at Lomé-Tokoin Airport in Lomé, Togo for DHL cargo flights throughout West Africa.
- Two ERJ 145's are operated for 2 oil companies out of Johannesburg International Airport.
The Solenta Aviation mainline fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):
|Embraer ERJ 135LR||1||—|
|Embraer ERJ 145LR||4||—|
|Embraer ERJ 135LU||2||—|
The Solenta Aviation mainline fleet previously included the following aircraft (as of October 2011):
Accidents and incidents
On 6 June 2011 at 10:25 local time, an Antonov An-26 (registered TR-LII) ditched into the Gulf of Guinea 2.3 kilometres off Libreville, Gabon. The aircraft was operated by Scorpion Air, a Bulgarian company, under Solenta Aviation Gabon's AOC. It had been on Flight 122A for DHL Aviation from Port Gentil to Libreville. The three crew members and one passenger on board received only minor injuries. Prior to the ditching, they had reported hydraulic problems; eyewitness reports suggest that an engine failure may have occurred. As a consequence, the Gabonese government declared a temporary ban on aircraft of the types Antonov An-12, An-24 and An-26 in the country, pending the outcome of the investigation into the cause for the crash.
- Solenta Aviation entry at airlineupdate.com
- Solenta in South Africa
- Solenta Aviation in Côte d'Ivoire
- Solenta in Nairobi
- "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 21.
- Solenta in Algeria
- Solenta Aviation in Pakistan
- Solenta in Zimbabwe
- Solenta in Togo
- "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 32.
- "Solenta Aviation fleet details". Airfleets.net. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
- "DHL cargo plane crashes in Gabon, no fatalities". BNO News. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- Hradecky, Simon. "Accident: Solenta AN26 near Libreville on Jun 6th 2011, ditched in the sea". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- Flight 122A at the Aviation Safety Network
-  gaboneco.com: French news article on Flight 122A]
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