Polynesian Airlines

Polynesian Airlines conducts emergency response drills at Fagalii Airport

“The whole purpose of this exercise is to gauge the readiness and preparedness of our own staff and those working at Fagalii Airport and key government agencies to respond to an emergency incident that places the lives of people at risk at Fagalii Airport,” said the airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Seiuli Tupuivao Alvin Tuala.

The drill was conducted from 9.45am to midday yesterday.

Name change for Polynesian Airlines, agreement with Fiji Airways

Polynesian Airlines will soon change to Samoa Airways according to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi.

The national airline will also enter into a mutual arrangement with Fiji’s international carrier, Fiji Airways.

The arrangement will be formalized in a Memorandum of Understanding yet to be signed between the two parties as it remain subject to Cabinet approval, the Prime Minister revealed in his weekly television program, Taimi male Palemia, a production by Samoa Quality Broadcasting Limited or TV1.

Tokelau chopper deal linked to Samoa's Polynesian Airlines

Earlier this year it emerged the territory had purchased two helicopters as part of an interim air service without consulting the New Zealand government.

Emails obtained under the Official Information Act reveal a Tokelau public servant advised New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority that Polynesian Airlines would be the service operator.

RNZI reports the arrangement also involved a private Samoan tourism company and earlier emails show Talofa Airways was interested in a similar investment.

Samoa tourism chief calls on government to get airline going

RNZI reports the CEO was speaking at a World Bank event in Sydney and said access had been the biggest issue for Samoa since Polynesian Airlines stopped flying to New Zealand, Australia and other Pacific locations.

Since 2011 Samoa had operated flights with Polynesian Blue, a joint-venture between Virgin Airlines and the Samoan government.


Samoa eyes new flights to Asia, US

The Samoa Observer reports the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has called it an historic achievement.

He says it's in line with the goal set by the Polynesian Leaders Group to connect Polynesian islands and make it easier to trade.