AMERICAN SAMOA’S MAIL HELD UP BY BANKRUPTCY OF CARGO COMPANY

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AMERICAN SAMOA’S MAIL HELD UP BY BANKRUPTCY OF CARGO COMPANY

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (June 2, 2000 – Hawaii Public Radio)---Some postal deliveries to American Samoa are running weeks late because there’s no room on Hawaiian Airlines flights to the territory.

American Samoa’s mail was being transported by the Kitty Hawk Air Cargo Company, but it filed for bankruptcy last month and ended services to and from Pago Pago.

The mail then was being carried on Hawaiian Airlines flights, but the weight of passengers on generally full flights meant that much of the mail was left behind for safety reasons. Hawaiian currently has two weekly flights to American Samoa.

Now a major mail shipment is on an Evergreen International Cargo ship crossing the Pacific. But Evergreen doesn’t have a contract with the U.S. Postal service.

Hawaiian Airlines will add a third weekly flight to American Samoa during the peak summer travel time, starting June 22nd. However, this is not expected to alleviate the mail backlog much because most of the flights from Honolulu will continue to be full.

Officials are continuing to meet in efforts to find a solution to the mail problem.

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