Talofa Airways Set To Launch From Samoa In April

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Third locally-owned operator bringing in two planes from U.S.

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Feb. 2, 2016) – For air travelers in Samoa and the Pacific, the choices and options have just improved.

A new airline, Talofa Airways Limited (TAL) has not backed off from its plan to be the third locally-operated airline.

And to show they really mean business, the company is in the process of bringing in two Twin Commander aeroplanes from the United States.

During an interview with the Samoa Observer yesterday, former Chief Executive Officer of Polynesian Airlines, Taua Fatu Tielu confirmed the new aircraft. Taua is involved in the new airline’s operations.

"Jeffrey is in the United States to get the Twin Commanders," said Taua.

"He will be back next week and we are looking at April to start operations."

Toleafoa Jeffrey Hunter is the airline’s advisor and was a former Flight Operations Manager at Polynesian Airlines.

Taua declined to release any more details other than saying to wait for Toleafoa when he returns.

He did say that an office for Talofa Airways will be set up in the building where Maria’s Pharmacy at Taufusi is located.

In July last year, Toleafoa had said that by September, they would know when operations would be starting.

The airline will fly routes in the Pacific region to start with, including American Samoa.

Passengers, particularly those who travel between Samoa and neighbouring American Samoa, have complained about the difficulty of making bookings due to the high demand for seats.

At the moment there are two airlines in operation; Polynesian Airlines and Samoa Air, owned by Chris Langton.

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