ONLY ONE MORE EVERGREEN CARGO FLIGHT TO AMERICAN SAMOA IN 2001

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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (December 19, 2001 - Samoa News)---Evergreen International Airways has rescheduled this week's cargo flight and it will be the last cargo flight for the remainder of the year.

The cargo flight to the Territory usually arrives on Thursday but David Johnson, Evergreen's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said that this week's flight will arrive on Sunday, Dec. 23rd.

"The Dec. 20th (Thursday) flight was pulled and arrangements were made way in advance with notices sent out," said Johnson in a telephone interview from the company's headquarters in McMinnville, Oregon.

"The Dec. 23rd flight was put in place to ensure that the Territory has a flight before Christmas," he added.

Freight forwarder Summit Cargo issued a notice to its customers last Thursday about the change and informed them that the Sunday flight will arrive in the Territory at 2 p.m.

According to Summit Cargo, this Friday is the deadline for receiving cargo in Los Angeles that is bound for American Samoa.

Johnson said that no firm date has been set on when cargo service will resume to the Territory after Sunday's flight.

"We have received a lot of requests from the U.S. military for the use of our aircraft," said Johnson when asked why no decision had been made on the matter.

Johnson also said that "for economic reasons, there are no plans at this point to add a second flight to Pago Pago." (ASG anticipated that the extended runway would attract more cargo flights to American Samoa.)

Evergreen was recently awarded $7.1 million under the new Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act.

The award is part of the federal government's financial aid package for the nation's airlines following the terrorist attacks on September 11th.

 

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE TO CHARTER A MAIL FLIGHT FROM HAWAI‘I TO PAGO PAGO

By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (December 19, 2001 - Samoa News)---The U.S. Postal Service is planning a charter flight to the Territory this week to uplift more than 30,000 pounds of mail currently sitting in Honolulu.

Responding to Samoa News inquiries, Andrea Shak, Air Transportation Specialist for the Postal Service in Honolulu, said that as of late yesterday afternoon there was 30,556 pounds of mail in Honolulu bound for Pago Pago.

This amount of mail "is being preloaded" for a planned charter flight that is scheduled to depart Honolulu today and arrive in the Territory tomorrow, according to Shak in an e-mail message to the Samoa News.

Actual flight times for the charter were not available at press time.

Shak said that Evergreen International Air's Thursday flight last week uplifted 11,254 pounds of mail for Pago Pago.

However, Hawaiian Air did not uplift mail last Friday or this week Monday. By the time the Samoa News received the update on the mail for Pago Pago it was too late to reach a Hawaiian Air spokesperson in Honolulu for comments.

Reportedly, Hawaiian Air's last two flights were full and as passenger bags are a priority, no mail could be uplifted by the Hawaii-based airline.

(Hawaiian Airlines recently stated that it was not adding any extra flights to the Territory for the holidays, as loads were light.)

After the proposed Post Office charter, the next flights from Honolulu will be Hawaiian Air on Friday, Evergreen on Sunday and Hawaiian Air again on Christmas Eve.

The Samoa News was unable to confirm last night if the upcoming Hawaiian Air flights are full.

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