Samoa Airways

UTOS rewards its Unitholders with Samoa Airways tickets

The UTOS Independence Draw will see the awarding of 2 x Apia - Sydney return tickets and 2 x Apia - Auckland or vice-versa return tickets on Samoa’s national carrier.

The Unit Trust of Samoa was set up in 2010 to provide the people of Samoa the opportunity to invest in a diversified portfolio of assets. 

Samoa Airways still trying to hire a plane

The entire fleet of Boeing Max jets has been grounded world-wide after two of the planes crashed in separate incidents earlier this year.

There's no indication of when the fleet will be allowed to fly again, as Boeing waits for regulators to approve new flight control software.

Samoa's public enterprises minister said the small national carrier is looking to hire a Boeing 737-800 from a US company, or to extend the lease on the 737 it's currently operating.

Samoa Airways former chairman says it's the right time to go

The airline was re-launched in 2017 after starting life as Polynesian Airlines in 1959.

The former chair, Fe'esago George Fepulea'i, resigned last week raising questions about the future of the enterprise.

But the 82-year-old said it was right time for him to step aside.

Samoa Airways plane cleared to fly

  The airline said the Boeing 737-800NG aircraft has been leased from Malindo Air which is owned by the Indonesian Lion Air Group and based in Malaysia.

It has now gained regulatory approvals from the civil aviation authorities in Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Malaysia.

Samoa Airways CEO, Tupuivao Seiuli Alvin Tuala, said he was delighted to resume international jet services between Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.

Samoa Airways working with Malindo Air on replacement lease

Several flights have been cancelled this week and passengers re-routed after the lease expired on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft at the end of March.

The airline said efforts to secure a suitable replacement aircraft started as a result of the global grounding of MAX 8 aircraft in the first half of March, triggered by the air crash in Ethiopia.

It said there is a huge shortage of narrow-body aircraft as airlines scramble to consolidate their schedules using existing fleets and short-term leases.

Samoa Airways responds to misinformation

The aircraft teams in Samoa, New Zealand and Australia have been communicating with customers, whose contact details were provided when their reservations were made, to personally advise them about the situation and provide alternative flight options. 

The teams have processed customers’ selected flight options at cost to Samoa Airways and rerouted them accordingly. In cases involving bookings processed through Travel Agents, our staff have liaised directly with Agents to assist our mutual customers.   

Samoa Airways without an aircraft

The minister in charge of the airline, Lautafi Selafi Purcell told Talamua that they are speeding up negotiations so that when the replacement aircraft from Malaysia arrives Thursday this week, it will be able to fly to New Zealand.

“The contract with the Italian company that the Samoa Airways leased the Max 8 aircraft ended and it flew back to Italy as we could not continue our lease,” said Mr Purcell.

Samoa Airways cancels some Auckland flights after Boeing 737 Max grounding

The airline had been leasing an older generation 737 from Europe to perform its flights - but the lease has expired. Samoa Airways was due to lease a new 737 Max 9 in late March. However, the airline has announced it has cancelled its lease in the wake of two fatal crashes and the global grounding of the Boeing aircraft.

Samoa Airways is now scrambling to find another plane to operate its international flights.

Samoa Airways leases 737-800NG, awaits regulatory approval to operate

‘The 737-800NG is the same aircraft type that our Italian operator, NEOS used for Samoa Airways flights from November 2017. It is has a proven record and is operated by many airlines around the world’, stated Samoa Airways’ CEO Tupuivao Seiuli Alvin Tuala.

The Malindo Air 737-800NG aircraft is 3 years old and features 150 Economy Class seats with personal TVs, and 12 seats in Business Class with a generous 45-inch pitch, leg-rest and adjustable footrest, an 11.1-inch touchscreen inflight entertainment monitor, as well as AC and dual USB ports.

Samoa Airways signs MOU with Air Lease Corporation for new Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft

Scheduled for delivery in late March, the aircraft, which will be delivered direct from Boeing in Seattle Washington, will replace the National Carrier’s existing 737-800.

The MOU was signed by the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Samoa Airways Chairman Feesago Siaosi Fepuleai and ALC Executive Chairman Steven Hazy.