29 Apr 2019

Samoa Airways chair quits

10:47 am on 29 April 2019
Samoa Airways Boeing 727-800 aircraft

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The Chairman of Samoa Airways, Fe'esago Siaosi Fepulea'i, has resigned and Cabinet has appointed an interim chair.

Samoa Observer reports that Tuia Paepae Letoa, a current board member, confirmed he has been appointed by Cabinet as Interim Chairman of the country's relaunched international airline.

It is not clear why Fe'esago has resigned but he leaves the airline just over a year after it resumed international jet flights in and out of the country.

He recently said in a newspaper interview that the airline would have to borrow more funds to keep it operational.

But he was also adamant that despite the challenges encountered by the national carrier, the future is bright.

The airline had to forgo a lease of a new Boeing 737 Max plane after the grounding of the same model planes worldwide.

A scramble for a replacement plane saw passengers redirected onto other international carriers which would have been costly for the airline.

The airline now leases and operates a Boeing 737-800 from a Malaysia-based airline.

Fe'esago is a former Samoan High Commissioner to New Zealand and the first Clerk of the Legislative Assembly upon attaining Independence.

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