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Inter Island Airway’s Inability To Fix Engine Raises Questions For Plans Here

The company which had given high hopes to Fijians that it was coming in as a domestic airline operator seems to have hit financial hurdles in its originating country, American
07 Nov 2014 11:48
Inter Island Airway’s Inability To Fix  Engine Raises Questions For Plans Here

The company which had given high hopes to Fijians that it was coming in as a domestic airline operator seems to have hit financial hurdles in its originating country, American Samoa.

Inter Island Air’s Dornier 228 plane has been grounded since June in American Samoa and needs an engine overhaul, according to new reports.

Inter-Island services within American Samoa are being maintained by Samoa’s Polynesian Airlines.

The fact Inter-Island has been unable to repair the plane says quite a lot about the airline with a base in the US.

It follows the delays in starting here including not going ahead with plans to buy the Sunflower Aviation base at Nadi International Airport.

Inter Island Airways (Fiji) has been consistently delaying operations in Fiji. The last update on the airline’s website says it plans to begin operations early next year.

The company had been granted approval on August 10, 2012 by Fiji’s Air Transport Licensing Board (ATLB) for scheduled Domestic Air Service.
Inter Island Airways (Fiji) Limited said it plans to operate an initial fleet of Dornier 228-212 (18-seats) and DH8-100 “Dash 8” (27-seats) aircraft from an operating base at Nausori International Airport.

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