Inaugural flight

Samoa Airways completes inaugural flight

Samoa Airways flight OL731 arrived before 11am on Tuesday, carrying dignitaries and passengers including Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

The airline has been rebranded from the state-owned Polynesian Airlines.

The new airline came about after the Samoan Government announced in May that it was walking away from Virgin Samoa, its joint venture with Virgin Australia Holdings, to go it alone, RNZ reported.