The US government has tentatively decided to grant Southern Air, the successor company to the failed Southern Air Transport (SAT), its certificate to operate charter all-cargo services but says it plans to deny transfer of SAT's certificate authority to the start-up carrier.

Southern Air, which recently applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for certification, had outlined plans to begin operations with a leased Boeing 747-200 freighter and to add a second leased 747-200F in the second half of its first year of operations.

The Columbus, Ohio-based carrier said it would begin operations by long-term wet-leasing and eventually provide scheduled one-stop cargo services to the Colombian cities of Barranquilla, Bogota, Cali and Cartagena via intermediate destinations.

Source: Flight Daily News