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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Aug. 25) - Samoa Air employees
are informing passengers in Pago Pago that the company will suspend services
after September 7.

Although there has not been a public announcement from the
airline, groups which had booked flights to Apia said they were informed by
Samoa Air staff that they should make alternative arrangements.

A Samoa Air executive said an official statement would be issued
when the Chief Executive Officer, Andre Lavigne, returned from overseas today.

The airline has reportedly been unable to secure the necessary
funding to lease or purchase another aircraft.

Its biggest hopes rested on a bailout from the American Samoan
government, but so far the response has not been encouraging.

If the airline fails, it will put 60 people out of work.

August 25, 2003

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