South Pacific Island Airways

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South Pacific Island Airways
SPIA Logo.JPG
IATA ICAO Callsign
HK SPI[1] SOUTH PACIFIC
Founded 1973
Ceased operations 1987
Hubs Pago Pago International Airport
Honolulu International Airport
Focus cities Pago Pago, American Samoa
Apia, Samoa
Agana, Guam
Fleet size 8
Destinations 18
Headquarters Honolulu, Hawaii[2]
Key people George Wray (CEO)

South Pacific Island Airways (SPIA) was an airline operating flights in the Pacific including American Samoa and Hawaii with service to the west coast of U.S. and Canada as well as to Alaska, New Zealand, Guam and Tahiti from 1973 to 1987.[3] The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded the carrier in 1984, when it almost flew a charter flight into the airspace of the Soviet Union.[4][5] SPIA was allowed to continue operations after some management changes were made at the airline, but was grounded again in 1985 due to some allegedly questionable dealings involving engine hush kits for its Boeing 707 jetliners. South Pacific continued to operate limited services until it ceased all operations in 1987.

Destinations[edit]

South Pacific Island Airways served these destinations during its existence primarily flying Boeing 707 jet aircraft although small de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter turboprops were used for feeder service as well:[6][7]

Canada[edit]

Fiji[edit]

Tahiti[edit]

Tonga[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Cook Islands[edit]

Palau[edit]

USA[edit]

American Samoa[edit]

Guam[edit]

Northern Mariana Islands[edit]

Fleet[edit]

As its peak South Pacific Island Airways fleet included:[2]

South Pacific Island Airways
Type Number
Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander 1
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 3
Boeing 707 4

References[edit]