16 November, 2017
Samoa Airways Launches
History was made this week with the inaugural Samoa Airways flights between Apia and Auckland (OL731 on 14th November) and Apia and Sydney (OL855 on 16th November).
Samoan Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi was joined by the Minister for Samoa Airways Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell and various dignitaries, including Auckland Mayor Phil Goff at the formal welcome at Auckland Airport.
Government-owned Samoa Airways (OL) replaces Polynesian Air and operates between Apia and Auckland six times a week and Apia and Sydney twice a week. The new international airline also continues flights between Samoa and American Samoa, as well as domestic routes within American Samoa.
The airline recognises the significance of Kiwis and Aussies to Samoa’s tourism industry, and the strong family, community, cultural and business links which Samoa and American Samoa have with New Zealand and Australia. The Airline is confident that its flights, which are mostly daytime operations, will support the ongoing development of the leisure and business segments and provide consumers across the board a competitive choice.
All flights are operated using a 170-seat 2-class Boeing 737-800 with 8 seats in Business Class and 162 seats in the Economy cabin.
Samoa Airline's base is at Faleolo International Airport, Samoa.