Aircraft touches down, further delays announced
The replacement aircraft to resume Samoa Airways' international operations has landed in Samoa.
The Malaysian Malindo Air Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft touched down at Faleolo International Airport at 6:30 am Friday.
The aircraft was flown in by the Malindo Air crew, according to airport officials who spoke with this newspaper.
An initial press statement released by Samoa Airways said the first flight for the Samoa Airways Malindo aircraft is scheduled to depart Faleolo International Airport at 1 A.M Saturday.
But just this evening, the airline announced further changes.
In an email to customers, the Airline said:
Please note that due to operational requirements, the following flights have been re-scheduled.
Saturday 6th April
- OL2731 Depart Apia 0700, Arrive Auckland 1010 (Initially rescheduled to depart Apia 0100)
- OL2732 Depart Auckland 1105, Arrive Apia 1555 (Initially rescheduled to depart Auckland 0510)
- OL731 Depart Apia 1655, Arrive Auckland 2005 (Initially rescheduled to depart Apia 1100)
- OL732 Depart Auckland 2100, Arrive Apia 0150+1 (Initially rescheduled to depart Auckland 1655)
We acknowledge and apologise for the inconvenience caused to your travel plans as a request of the subsequent delay.
Should further information be required, do not hesitate to contact us:
- NEW ZEALAND 0800 359 726 (Working hours) and +64 275 959 702 (After-hours)
- AUSTRALIA 1800 359 726 (Working hours) and +64 275 959 702 (After-hours)
- SAMOA +685 28112 (Working hours) and +685 777 3716 (After-hours)