14 Jul 2014

Samoa carrier to get third plane

7:53 am on 14 July 2014

The Samoa Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says Polynesian Airlines is to get a third aircraft next month.

The Samoa Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says Polynesian Airlines is to get a third aircraft next month.

During his weekly radio program,Tuilaepa said the new CEO of Polynesian Airlines, Tuala Alvin Seiuli, told cabinet that the paperwork for a new plane has been completed.

Tuilaepa did not give any details of the type of aircraft being acquired, except to say it is a small plane, and the airline will continue to seek bigger aircraft.

At present, Polynesian Airlines is flying only one Twin Otter plane between Samoa and American Samoa, with its second plane down for maintenance.

The Pago Pago-based airline, Inter Island Air, hasn't had any flights for over a month because its Dornier plane is down with mechanical problems.

Polynesian Airlines staff say there are long waiting lists of people trying to fly to Samoa.