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Dear Editor,

Re: Stupid, P.M. slams Airline report 

As they were operating in November, they have to put in a company tax return by the end of this month for 2017.

Since when has the P.M. been an experienced business manager? Certainly not in the past 20 years...

The bottom line is that the government engineered a guaranteed level of business for Samoa Airways from day 1 by cancelling Virgin’s landing rights from Auckland, however this has only returned a loading under 50% when with their expensive wet leases and delay in bringing on local crew meant that they needed 70-80% loading to break even.

If they are that far off the mark with all the help from government, what will the long term deliver? I hope the cash reserves are plentiful to fund what take a long time to become financially viable.

Screwing over Virgin in Auckland, then going head to head in the Sydney market doesn’t seem very smart either, particularly when they could have owned the Melbourne market with 1 flight a week and possibly could have filled another weekly flight out of Brisbane, where the biggest Samoan population reside.

I hope the management of Samoa Airways and the government advisors know something we don’t and our concerns are without basis.

 

K.H.

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