Samoa Air

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Samoa Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2012[1]
Hubs Faleolo International Airport
Focus cities Asau, Salelologa
Fleet size 2
Destinations 10
Company slogan Spirit of Savaii
Headquarters Apia, Samoa
Key people Chris Langton (CEO)

Samoa Air is a small airline from Samoa that operates scheduled flights between the domestic islands as well as to American Samoa. It also provides charter flights and medical transfer flights.


On 21 June 2012, a Samoa Air aircraft almost collided with a Polynesian Airlines aircraft near Fagali'i. Both aircraft were on the same flight path.[2] Civil Aviation issued a stern warning to Samoa Air for failing to follow standard operating procedures.[3] Samoa Air's CEO, Chris Langton, disputed the outcome of the investigation.[4][5]

Pay by weight[edit]

Samoa Air gained global press coverage by becoming the first airline in the world to charge customers by body weight plus luggage.[6][7]

The fare is calculated by multiplying a base fare (depending on the route flown) by the total weight of the passenger plus their luggage. So a passenger flying from Apia to Asau weighing 80 kg and carrying 20 kg of luggage would pay US$132 for the flight (100 kg x US$1.32 base fare[8]), while another passenger weighing 60 kg and traveling without luggage would pay US$79.20 (60 kg x US$1.32 base fare) for the same flight. Children are charged in the same way at a 75% rate.[9]


Destination Country IATA Airport Code ICAO Airport Code Airport
Auckland  New Zealand AKL NZAA Auckland International Airport
Apia  Samoa APW NSFA Faleolo International Airport
Pago Pago  American Samoa PPG NSTU Pago Pago International Airport
Salelologa  Samoa MXS NSMA Maota Airport


Samoa Air Fleet [7]
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
Britten-Norman Islander 0 - Decommissioned 9
Cessna 172 2 3
Total 2


  1. ^ "New airline to service Samoa's Savai'i". Radio New Zealand International. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Netzler, Jasmine (25 August 2012). "Near mid air collision in Samoa investigated". Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Samoa Air Issued Stern Warning For Near Collision". Pacific Islands Development Program. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Report "flawed and smacks of incompetence"". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Samoa Air boss says near air collision findings flawed". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Haroon Siddique (2013-04-02). "Samoa Air says charging passengers by weight is 'concept of the future'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  7. ^ a b Marnie Hunter (2013-04-03). "Pay-as-you-weigh airfares the 'next step'". CNN. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  8. ^ "Flight Schedule". Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  9. ^ "Samoa Air defends 'pay-as-you-weigh' pricing". Al Jazeera. 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 

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