27 Aug 2003

Samoa Air says it will continue to operate, signing new plane lease

4:02 pm on 27 August 2003

The Chief Executive Officer of Samoa Air, Andre Lavigne says the airline will continue operating while its sole aircraft is being upgraded.

The company's Twin-Otter will be out of action for about six weeks, and there were concerns the airline could not afford to lease a replacement to fly its domestic routes to the outer islands.

But Mr Lavigne says investors are signing contracts today so funding is no longer a stumbling block.

"We don't see that as being a problem. We're finalising our agreements with outside investors as we speak."

The chief executive officer of Samoa Air, Andre Lavigne.