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Name: SAMOA AIRWAYS
7JetSet7 Code: PLY
Status: Operational
Region: OCEANIA
City: APIA
Country: WESTERN SAMOA
Employees 332
Web: polynesianblue.com
Email: enquiries@polynesianairlines.ws
Telephone: +685 21 261
Fax: +685 20 023
Sita: APWGZPH
Background
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PLY-LOGO - 2014-08

FORMED IN 1959. NATIONAL CARRIER. FORMERLY NAMED "POLYNESIAN BLUE." DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
1ST FLOOR NPF BUILDING
PO BOX 599
BEACH ROAD
APIA, WESTERN SAMOA

NOVEMBER 1992: 1 737-300QC, CONVERTED BY PEMCO AEROPLEX, ALABAMA.

AUGUST 1993: APPLIED TO USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT (DOT) FOR 1 STOP ROUTE, TO RARATONGA, COOK ISLANDS, TO HONOLULU (HNL), & LOS ANGELES (LAX).

TO WET LEASE AIR CANADA (ACN) 767-200ER (JT9D-7R4D).

OCTOBER 1993: 40 767 EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) FLIGHTS/MONTH OVER PACIFIC.

NOVEMBER 1993: LOOKING AT 757 FOR HONOLULU (HNL) ROUTE.

OCTOBER 1994: HAS 737 (ETOPS) 120 MINUTES APPROVAL.

DECEMBER 1995: CODE SHARE WITH AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ), TO LOS ANGELES (LAX), WITH 767-200ER, LEASE ENDED. EXPERIENCING RELIABILITY DIFFICULTIES = ADVERSE EFFECT ON (ETOPS).

OCTOBER 1996: CODE SHARE WITH AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) TO HONOLULU.

737 "C4" CHECK AT QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN).

DECEMBER 1996: DISCUSSIONS WITH (ILF), RE-PURCHASE OF 737. CONSIDERING 2ND, MAYBE A 737-700.

JANUARY 1997: USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S CODE SHARE WITH AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) TO HONOLULU.

JANUARY 1997: ACCDT: DHC-6 TWIN OTTER CRASHED INTO A HILL, ON APPROACH, IN STORMY WEATHER, TO APIA = 1/2 FATALITIES OF 2/3 TOTAL.

FEBRUARY 1997: PURCHASED 737-300 FROM (ILF), WHICH WAS LEASED. PLANS TO LEASE 737-700, (ILF) LEASED IN (SEPTEMBER 1998).

APRIL 1997: 332 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 67 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 25 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

JUNE 1997: PURCHASED 737-300 THEY OPERATED FROM (ILF).

JULY 1997: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1996 = +$18 MILLION (NET PROFIT) (+11%).

APRIL 1998: 332 EMPLOYEES (67 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 25 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

JUNE 1998: 737-300 120 MINUTES (ETOPS): 84 FLIGHTS/MONTH.

MARCH 1999: 737-376 (24295, VH-TJA) RETURNED TO QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN).

APRIL 1999: 332 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 67 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 25 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(http://www.polynesianairlines.co.nz).

(enquiries@polynesianairlines.co.nz)

(enquiries@polynesianairlines.ws).

MAY 1999: 1 ORDER (NOVEMBER 2000) 737-800, (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED.

APRIL 2000: 332 EMPLOYEES.

(http://www.polynesianairlines.com.au).

1 ORDER (SEPTEMBER 2001) 737-800, (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED.

OCTOBER 2000: CODE SHARE WITH QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN) PAPEETE - MELBOURNE - SYDNEY.

NOVEMBER 2000: CODE SHARE WITH QANTAS AIRWAYS TO PAPEETE, TAHITI. STARTS SERVICE TO HONOLULU (737-800, 2/WEEK), & PAPEETE - AUCKLAND - SYDNEY (737-800, 2/WEEK).

1 737-8Q8 (30039, 5W-SAM) DELIVERY.

APRIL 2001: CODE SHARE WITH QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN), EXPANDING FLIGHTS TO MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, WELLINGTON, AND CHRISTCHURCH.

737-3Q8 RETURNED TO (ILF), LEASED TO SOLOMON AIRLINES (SOI).

AUGUST 2001: (http://www.polynesianairlines.com). SITA: APWGZPH.

(enquiries@polynesianairlines.com).

1 737-3Q8 (26282) RETURNED FROM FREEDOM AIR (SPT).

SEPTEMBER 2001: 1 737-8Q8 (30639, 5W-SAO "ISLAND OF SAVAII"), (ILF) LEASED.

OCTOBER 2001: OPERATES 737-800 FOR QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN), ON AUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH.

NOVEMBER 2001: 737-8Q8 WITH BLENDED WINGLETS, ARE MEETING PERFORMANCE DEVIATION STANDARDS AND ACHIEVING -3.5% SAVINGS IN FUEL COSTS.

JANUARY 2002: CODE SHARE WITH QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN), AUCKLAND, AND WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, TO BRISBANE, AND MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.

August 2002: In October 2002, to the Island of Niue, to Auckland.

October 2002: Richard Gates (CEO) plans on resigning in January 2003.

April 2003: 390 employees.

September 2003: Granted authority to operate Pago Pago to Ofu and Ta'u (both American Samoa) through November 2003, as local Samoa Air had to suspend operations while its single DHC-8-300 Twin Otter was in heavy maintenance.

Selects Boeing & Air France Industries (AFA) for a joint component services support program for its 737-800's.

October 2004: DHC-8-102 (036, 5W-FAA), Airline of Papua New Guinea leased.

November 2004: (IATA) Code: PH - 162.

(ICAO) Code: PAO (Callsign - POLYNESIAN).

Extends its Apia - Pago Pago - Vava'u route to Tonga (Dash 8, 2/week).

December 2004: Chartered a Qantas (QAN) 767-300ER (VH-OGP), to operate a Sydney - Apia flight due to holiday demand.

Samoan government has chosen Virgin Blue (VOZ) over Qantas Airways (QAN) & Air New Zealand (ANZ) to be its joint venture partner with Polynesian Airlines (PLY) to form "Polynesian Blue." It is expected to be flying as Samoa's international carrier in the 1st half of 2006.

June 2005: Polynesian Airlines (PLY), as the Apia-based national carrier of Western Samoa, operates domestic services, together with flights to other Pacific destinations, as well as to Australia and New Zealand.

Parent organization/shareholders: Government of Western Samoa (100%).

Alliances: Air Pacific (APC); Qantas Airways (QAN); & Royal Tongan Airlines (FRS).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Apia; & Maota Savail island.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Auckland; Honolulu; Niue; Nuku'alofa; Pago Pago; Sydney; Vava'u; & Wellington.

July 2005: International Finance Corp (IFC), the private-sector arm of the World Bank, said the government of Samoa signed an agreement with Virgin Blue (VOZ) to set upan new joint venture airline, Polynesian Blue. According to (IFC), who acted as the lead adviser to the Samoan government on the transaction, the new airline will operate the long-haul services of Polynesian Airlines (PLY) beginning in late October. (IFC) also confirmed that Virgin Blue (VOZ) and the government will each own 49% of the carrier with the remaining 2% held by a Samoan investor.

October 2005: Polynesian Airlines (PLY) will discontinue service into Wellington at the end of the month. The airline operated a weekly flight from Samoa on Fridays and will discontinue the route on October 30th.

(PLY) jet airplane operations have been taken over by "Polynesian Blue" which has become the new national carrier for Samoa. It has launched operations between its Apia base and Auckland plus services to Sydney. Australia's Virgin Blue (VOZ) and the Samoan government each own 49% while the remaining 2% is held by Samoan hotel and resort group Aggie Grey's.

737-8FE (33799, ZK-PBD), Pacific Blue (PBI) wet-leased.

September 2008: Polynesian Blue (PLY), the joint venture between Virgin Blue (VOZ) and the Samoan government, reported a pre-tax profit of +NZ$9.2 million/+$6.5 million in the fiscal year ended June 30, up +71% from the +NZ$5.4 million earned the prior year, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation reported. On September 12 (PLY) adds a 12th weekly, Auckland - Apia frequency, and on December 1 it will launch weekly, Brisbane - Apia service.

February 2010: Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) and Virgin Blue (VOZ) signed a 3-year exclusive agreement "on an innovative repair procedure" for (CFM56-7B) engines powering 737NGs operated by the carrier and its Pacific Blue (PBI) and Polynesian Blue (PLY) entities. All repair work will be carried out by (LTK)'s Airline Support Teams based at its Melbourne subsidiary (LTQ) Engineering, a joint venture between (LTK) and Qantas (QAN). According to (LTK), the agreement covers inspection and replacement of variable stator vane bushings.

September 2012: Virgin Samoa (formerly Polynesian Blue) in its last fiscal year had a $1 million profit.

August 2014: Polynesian Airlines (((IATA) Code: PH, based at Apia Fagali'i) (PLY) has applied to the USA Department of Transportation (DoT) for an emergency exemption to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Fitiuta and Ofu airports in the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of 90 days beginning September 1, 2014.

In its application, Polynesian (PLY) said it was approached by the Government of American Samoa to provide the services after its operator, Inter Island Airways (Pago Pago), suspended the flights owing to a lack of serviceable equipment.

"It is clear that no USA carrier is able to provide Pago Pago to Manu’a Islands service, nor is 1 likely to be in a position to provide this service for several months. Inter Island Airways (“IIA”) (which is a USA carrier) had previously provided this service. However, (PLY) is advised IIA’s airplane is out of service awaiting a replacement engine, which will not arrive until sometime in October 2014," it argued. "As a result, there is no air service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating a severe hardship for residents."

Polynesian (PLY) says it has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared to begin operations as soon as the requisite permissions are in place.

Services will operate 2x-daily between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands on-board a DHC-6.

November 2017: Samoa Airways (PLY) has commenced operations this month, relaunching flights from Apia (APW) to Auckland (AKL) and Sydney (SYD) on November 14 and 16, respectively.

Formerly known as Polynesian Airlines, (PLY) was founded in 1959 and had previously operated flights to both of the restarted destinations as well as Wellington, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Nadi, Rarotonga, Papeete, Tongatapu, Niue and Pago Pago. Polynesian’s operation was downsized in 2005 and has been operating intra-island and charter flights for the last 12 years.

Earlier this year, the Government of Samoa announced that, with the initial support of Fiji Airways (APC), it would relaunch international services from Samoa, having previously had an arrangement with Virgin Australia Airways (VOZ).

The 4,324 km, 2x-weekly (Thursdays and Saturdays) route to Australia will face direct competition from Virgin Australia Airlines (VOZ) (2x-weekly), while the 6x-weekly New Zealand sector will encounter market opposition from Air New Zealand (ANZ) (daily). Both services are flown by Samoa Airways (PLY)’s 186-seat 737-800.

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December 2017:

0 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3B2) (2355-26282, /92, 5W-ILF "TO'OA"), (QAN) MAINT, RTND (ILF) 2001-04, LST (SOI), (ANS) 2001-04, LST (SPT) TIL 2001-09, RTND (ILF) 2001-09, LST (VOZ) 2001-10. LST (CAY) 2003-11. 126Y.

0 737-8FE (CFM56-7B27) (1462-33799, /04 ZK-PBD), (PBI) WET-LSD 2005-10. WINGLETS. 180Y.

1 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B26) (701-30039, 11/00 5W-SAM "ISLAND OF UPOLU"), (ILF) 10 YR LSD, REPLACED 737-3Q8 , RF (QAN) 2003-03. 154Y.

0 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B26) (935-30639, /01 5W-SAO "ISLAND OF SAVAII"), (ILF) 10 YR LSD, RF (QAN) 2003-03. 154Y.

1 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER (PT6A-27) (516, /76 5W-PAH; 690, /80 5W-FAY), 516 ST AIRLINES OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA (PNG) 2004-11. 19Y.

1 DHC-8-102 (036, 5W-FAA), AIRLINE OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA (PNG) LSD 2004-10.

1 BN-2A ISLANDER (LY O-540-E4C5) (42, /66 5W-FAV "SAMOA STAR"), 9Y.

Management:
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HON TUILAEPA SAILELE MALIELEGAOI, CHAIRMAN.

JOHN FITZGERALD, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2003-02).

JACQUI BALSON, GENERAL MANAGER COMMERCIAL.

CAPTAIN IAN GEMMELL, GENERAL MANAGER MANAGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS, (APWOZPH), EX-(ANZ), (igemmell@polynesianairlines.ws). (igemmel@samoa.ws).

GARY LEACH, GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING (enquires@polynesianairlines.co.nz) (APWEZPH) (gleach@samoa.ws).

FATU TIELU, GENERAL MANAGER FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION.

WALLY HOWARD, MAINTENANCE MANAGER.

 
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