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Saturday, 2 August 2014

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Polynesian Airlines Announces the Acquisition of a third Twin Otter

MSN 678 - DHC-6-300 5W-FAU
Polynesian Airlines
Apia Feb-1993
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Polynesian Airlines will take delivery of a Twin Otter aircraft in mid-August. The 16-seat aircraft from Canada will accommodate the growing demand for inter-island seats between the two Samoas.

The purchase, says Acting Prime Minister Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo will be financed with a $3 million tala loan. “Cabinet has approved for government to guarantee the loan from the Westpac Bank,” he said. “The Cabinet endorsement is based on the airlines’ profit-making record. Audited reports show that Poly Airlines has accumulated over 2 million tala in profits during the last three consecutive years.” “In addition, Cabinet is also mindful that improving transportation links will also contribute to more trade opportunities and travel between the two Samoas.”

Polynesian Airlines Chief Executive Seiuli Alvin Tuala is optimistic that the additional airplane will translate to more returns for the company. “We now service 75 percent of the inter-Samoa market share, up from 60-65% in recent years,” he said. “The main contributing reasons for our excellent market share are our reliable service and the convenience of Fagali’i Airport for passengers.

This third Twin Otter plane is expected to arrive on first week of August. It is scheduled to be dedicated together with the Fagali’i Airport’s VIP reopening on August 15.