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PM: No Talk With The Samoan PM On Flights

Mr Bainimarama was responding to a report by the Samoa Observer which said the Samoan Cabinet had endorsed a move to take action to support Samoa Airways.
23 Feb 2020 09:09
PM: No Talk With The Samoan PM On Flights
Samoa Airways cabin crew working on international flights.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday said he had held no discussions with his Samoan counterpart Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi over what a Samoan newspaper is reporting as a decision to change Samoa-Fiji flight arrangements.

Tuilaepa was with Mr Bainimarama last week at Nadi for a meeting with the visiting Israeli president.

The two leaders have an amicable relationship.

Mr Bainimarama was responding to a report by the Samoa Observer which said the Samoan Cabinet had endorsed a move to take action to support Samoa Airways.

Currently, Samoan Government-owned Samoa Airways operates jet services between Samoa and Australia and New Zealand.

It also code shares on Fiji Airways flights between Fiji and Samoa and, Samoa and Honolulu, USA.

Samoa Airways has been looking at expanding its own services.

But it was unable to bring in a planned Boeing 737 Max 9 because of the Boeing Max crisis.

It recently extended a lease on a Boeing 737-800.

A Fiji Airways spokesman said he was trying to get more information before he could comment. According to the Samoa Observer, the decision came to light after a confidential Cabinet paper was leaked.

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