Start-Ups Samoa Airways commences operations
- Samoa Airways
Samoa Airways has commenced operations on Monday, 14 November 2017. The inaugural flight departed from Apia Faleolo to Auckland International Airport.
On board of the aircraft was the Minister of Samoa Airways Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, who later underlined the importance of the new route: "This is another opportunity for our people to allow our business to grow. Auckland is a second Samoa - and more and more Samoans are living in Auckland as their second home or their first home." Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood added: "Connecting Samoa and Auckland, in particular, means a lot for our neighbors in the community and staff"
The airline has been rebranded from the state-owned Polynesian Airlines. Earlier this month, Samoa Airways received its first Boeing 737-800. The aircraft is wet-lease from Italy´s Neos. The aircraft will run Apia Faleolo – Auckland 6 times per week and Apia Faleolo – Sydney 2x weekly. Furthermore, Samoa Airways operates regional services from Fago Fago to Apia Fagali´I, Fitiuta and Ofu. These flights are being operated with three DHC-6-300 aircraft, previously owned by Polynesian Airlines.
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