APIA, 4th September - Samoa Airways (OL), Samoa’s new international airline, has announced key Commercial appointments as it prepares to open ticket sales this week.
Dwayne Bentley recently joined the Airline as Marketing and Communications Specialist based in Apia and Mailo Tiaga (Alfred) Senara will assume the position of Regional Sales Manager NZ/Australia based in Auckland.
Bentley is responsible for managing and driving the carrier’s marketing strategy, which is inclusive of branding, travel trade, industry and media relations. He is no stranger to the airline and tourism industries. Bentley started his career at Polynesian Airlines and moved from the Samoa Tourism Authority where he was Global Sales and Marketing Manager for the past 9 years.
Senara, a seasoned professional with over 20-years experience in the travel industry will join Samoa Airways from Helloworld. Senara was also previously with Polynesian Airlines, as well as Air New Zealand and will be responsible for driving the airline’s sales activities in the important Kiwi and Aussie markets.
The Airline has also appointed Aviation Online (AOL) as its General Sales Agent for the New Zealand and Australian Markets. AOL, which has a long-established track record in the airline representation industry with over 30-years in aviation services, will play a key role in building Samoa Airways’ profile across important market segments.
Subject to regulatory approval, Samoa Airways will operate to/from Auckland 6 times a week and to/from Sydney 2 times a week, using a 170-seat 2-class Boeing 737-800 with 8 seats in Business Class and 162 seats in the Economy cabin. The Airline will launch jet services on 14th November from its hub at Samoa’s main gateway, Faleolo International Airport.