Friday, May 27, 2016

Sol Lineas Aereas - The Final Months - Part 3 of 3 - Sol's Fleet Today

Air Nostrum CRJ-200ER, EC-MJY (c/n 7915) ex-LV-GIH, in Sol colors but with small Air Nostrum titles on approach to Toulouse Blagnac (TLS) France on 24Mar16.  

Photo by "Eurospot" used with photographer's permission: 

Sol's Former Fleet Today


Two of Sol's CRJ-200's were reportedly parked at Rosario (ROS) soon after the carrier ceased operations with the third going to Asuncion (ASU).  By 24Feb16, all three were spotted in Asuncion (ASU) with apparently two, (c/n 7915) and (c/n 7975) departing back to Air Nostrum in Spain in March.    

LV-GIH (c/n 7915) was re-registered as EC-MJY.

LV-GII (c/n 7975) was re-registered as EC-MJZ.   

In the meantime, the third CRJ-200, LV-GIJ (c/n 7466), which was supposed to be re-registered as EC-MJX, presumably returned to Spain although the author of this blog knows of no confirmed reports of this. 

Interesting photos of two the CRJ-200's in Sol's blue colors but with small Air Nostrum titles and with their new Spanish registrations: 

EC-MJY (c/n 7915):  See top of posting 

EC-MJZ (c/n 7975):

Saab 340's

Sol's five Saab 340's are reportedly parked in Rosario (ROS), the airline's former base. They are in, order of when they joined the Sol fleet:

* Saab 340A, LV-BEX (c/n 14), is one of the first Saab 340's to have been built way back in 1985.  Sol took delivery of the plane on 02Aug06 but stored the aircraft in February 2012. 

* Saab 340A, LV-BEW (c/n 150), was delivered to Business Express in 1989 and joined the Sol fleet on 07Aug06.   

* Saab 340A, LV-CEI (c/n 12), is also one of the first Saab 340's to have been manufactured with Comair (USA) taking delivery of the plane on 29Mar85.
Sol added the aircraft to its fleet on 30Jul10.

* Saab 340B, LV-CSK (c/n 168), was delivered in 1989 and flew for several European airlines before joining Sol on 14Nov11.   

* Saab 340B, LV-CYC (c/n 310), was delivered in 1992 and flew for several carriers in Europe, the USA, and Australia before joining Sol on 28Jul12.   

Sol also flew three more Saab 340's in its 10-year history::

* Saab 340A, LV-BMD (c/n 123), was originally delivered in 1988, flying for several airlines, all in the USA, prior to joining the Sol fleet on 01Oct07.  On 02Jan13, the pilots lost directional control of the aircraft while taxiing for takeoff at Mendoza (MDZ) exiting the taxiway onto rough ground.  Propeller blades from the #1 engine were damaged with shrapnel causing a 5 centimeter hole in the fuselage.  Nobody was hurt but the aircraft was deemed to be beyond economical repair. 

* Saab 340A, LV-BTP (c/n 131), joined Sol on 03Jan09 but left to Sky Bahamas on 23Aug14.

* Saab 340A, LV-CEJ (c/n 25), joined the fleet on 30Jul10, the same date as LV-CEI.  It crashed on 18May11 in the province of Rio Negro, Argentina due to severe icing and subsequent loss of control with the loss of all 3 crew and 19 passengers.


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