NEW POLYNESIAN AIRLINES AIRCRAFT ARRIVES

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (March 3, 1998 - Samoa News)---Polynesian Airlines has added a second Twin Otter to its fleet.

The new aircraft replaces a similar one that crashed into a Moamoa hillside outside Apia, on January 7th of last year.

The $1.3 million aircraft arrived at Pago International Airport yesterday afternoon, and was greeted by Acting Governor Togiola Tulafono and Mrs. Tulafono plus the Director of the Department of Commerce, John Faumuina, and other local officials.

Local Station Manager Vaitoa Hans Langkilde told the Samoa News that the delegation of Polynesian Airline officials traveling on the aircraft's maiden flight was to "present the people and government of American Samoa the airline's aircraft that will help accommodate travel between the two Samoas."

Togiola commended the airline for adding the second aircraft and expanding service from Tutuila to include Maota Airport in Savaii.

Polynesian's Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Leaupepe Muliaumasealii, told the gathering that the plane is fully paid.

Among Polynesian Airline's future expansion plans are direct flights from Pago Pago to Tonga and Kiribati.

The Apia-based carrier also plans to purchase a 45-passenger aircraft later this year, to provide services from Apia to other Pacific Island areas, including Fiji and Rarotonga.

He said Polynesian also is establishing an office in Los Angeles.

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