Seattle - Samoa Airways replaces the only jetliner in its fleet, a Boeing 737-800, with a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 9. The aircraft will join the airline's fleet in March.
The state-owned airline of the South Pacific country currently operates a Boeing 737-800 leased from the Italian charter operator Neos. The aircraft will be returned to the owner in March this year when the new Boeing 737 MAX 9 is delivered to the airline. The aircraft will be delivered to the Samoa Airways from Air Lease Corporation's order book with Boeing.
The carrier will put its 737 MAX 9 in service between Apia-Samoa, where it is based, and Auckland, Sydney, and Brisbane in Australia. Samoa's only jet will be configured to accommodate 16 passengers in Business and 173 in Economy Class.
In June the company expects to lease another jetliner, but it is not clear yet what type it will be.
The company was founded in 1959 as "Polynesian Airlines", serving domestic and international routes throughout the South Pacific. International flights of the carrier were temporarily suspended in 2005 and taken over by new airline Polynesian Blue (later Virgin Samoa), before re-launching the international routes under new brand of Samoa Airways in 2017.