The national carrier has paid a heartfelt tribute to the late Colin Sigimanu, Manager Commercial for
Solomon Airlines, who passed away suddenly overnight, on 21st February 2022.
“The Board of Directors, management and staff of Solomon Airlines Limited, are deeply saddened
and shocked on the sudden passing of our much loved and respected colleague,” the airline said.
“We send our sincerest condolences to Colin’s wife Ethel, son Eugene and daughters
Hernandia, Ngirisi, Joana and Ruth, and to their extended family and friends.”
Colin Sigimanu had served the airline with pride for over 30 years, moving successfully through
commercial and operational management roles after joining Solomon Airlines on 6th of February
1989, as a graduate of University of the South Pacific.
He started his aviation career as a Management Cadet within Solomon Airlines’ Commercial
By 1997, he was appointed to the position of Human Resources Manager, and later moved to
operations as Traffic & Cargo Manager from 2003.
Two years later he was appointed Marketing Manager for Solomon Airlines, a role he retained until
resigning from the company in 2010 to contest in the National General Elections.
Between 2012 and 2015 Mr Sigimanu worked as a consultant to the national carrier before rejoining
the airline’s management team as Manager Commercial from 2016 until 2022.
“We are all deeply shocked and saddened to lose our beloved friend and colleague, but also an
extraordinary leader within the Solomon Islands,” said Brett Gebers CEO of Solomon Airlines.
“Colin will be very greatly missed, at our airline and in our industry, for his leadership, experience
and commitment to Solomon Airlines, and as an exceptional contributor to our nation.
“Though we have lost the in-depth airline knowledge and skills that he carried, it is his capacity for
understanding, positivity and encouragement, generously shared with all he came into contact with,
that we will miss the most,” he said.
“Our prayers and thoughts are first and foremost with Colin’s wife Ethel, with our colleague
Hernandia, her brother and sisters at this very sad time.”
Press Release from Solomon Airlines