Rosario, Argentina-based regional airline Sol Lineas Aereas plans to adapt its network to the needs of other airlines, as its imminent IOSA certification enables the Saab 340 operator to enter codeshare agreements with major carriers.
Sol's commercial vice-president Horacio Darre tells Flightglobal that the airline is "in the last stage of the technical implementation of a codeshare agreement with Aerolineas Argentinas, under which Sol will feed the network of Argentina's flag carriers with regional traffic".
"We have undergone already the IOSA process and are awaiting the formal certification from IATA within the next couple of weeks," he says.
With the codeshare alliance equally advanced, Sol is now reshuffling its network to improve integration with Aerolineas Argentinas.
"Our future network will depend significantly on how we scale our relationship with Aerolineas Argentinas," Darre says. "Our current objective is to strengthen our presence in the Patagonian region, which is experiencing strong growth figures."
Sol's network has traditionally been more focussed on Argentina's north, connecting relatively large cities like Rosario, Cordoba and Mendoza, and bypassing Buenos Aires. However, Aerolineas and its regional subsidiary Austral have started operating on a number of these regional corridors.
In consequence, Sol has started to develop genuine regional markets in Southern Argentina, which now represent more than half of the airlines 19 destinations.
The airline operates five Saab 340 aircraft and is in the process of standardising its fleet with the 340B model.