Experience warm and friendly Samoan hospitality
Associate Minister for Pacific Peoples, Hon Carmel Sepuloni greeted the Samoan Government delegation, along with Ministry’s Chief Executive Laulu Mac Leauanae, at Auckland International Airport this morning, 14 November among others who witnessed Samoa Airways’ inaugural flight from Apia to Auckland.
In her speech, Minister Sepuloni congratulated the Samoan Government and wished Samoa Airways every success with its new service, and said she looks forward to stronger bilateral links between New Zealand and Samoa.
The timing of the flight services could hardly be better leading up to Christmas, which is both a busy and important time for many families flying to the Islands.
The new flights will give an additional boost to trade and tourism between New Zealand and Samoa.
Earlier this year, the Government of Samoa announced that, with the initial support of Fiji Airways, it would re-launch international jet services to and from Samoa.
This airline alliance would help expand the ‘Pacific Partnership Alliance’ and allow for more growth for airline routes into the South Pacific.
Samoa Airways is managed and staffed by a local Samoan team with extensive airline business knowledge and operational experience, wholly owned by the Government of Samoa.
The new airline will fly six times between Apia and Auckland this week, looking into daily flights from December 17. Samoa Airways also offer flights from Apia to Brisbane and Sydney using a 170-seat with eight seats in business class and 162 in economy.
Samoa Airways continues the legacy of Polynesian Airlines and launches a unique Samoan experience in the air and aims at opening Samoa to the world while showcasing the warm and friendly hospitality that Samoa is famous for.
Over one hundred people, including Auckland’s Mayor Lilomaiava Phil Goff, attended the arrival of the delegation in Auckland, carried by the Samoa Airways 737-800 aircraft’s inaugural flight.