Samoa’s newly established airline Samoa Airways made its maiden flight from Apia to Auckland on November 14th with a leased Boeing 737-880.  

The country’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi spoke at the formal launch of the airline at Apia’s Faleolo International Airport and shared his belief that the airline will allow Samoa to determine its own destiny. He said that they should have made the step long time ago. Its establishment will secure jobs and economic growth by attracting tourists and allowing for more export options.  

The carrier will perform six weekly flights between Apia and Auckland and two weekly flights on the Apia-Sydney route. Samoa Airways will face direct competition on the Apia-Auckland destination only from Air New Zealand.  

The airline was established with the help of Fiji Airways and the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two carriers in July 2017. The domestic Polynesian Airlines will also be a partner in the venture. According to the Prime Minister, the partnership with Fiji Airways will give opportunity for Samoa’s carrier to extend its services to Asia and the United States via codeshare agreements.