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Minister has "no idea" about Samoa Airways plane

The Minister of Samoa Airways, Lautafi Fio Purcell has “no idea” when Samoa's flag carrier, the Samoa Airways will have a plane. 

He also dismissed reports that Samoa Airways will lease a plane from Singapore. 

Responding to questions from the Samoa Observer, the Minister said: “[A] lease from a company in Singapore? No.” 

Last month Lautafi told the Samoa Observer there were negotiations with a company in Singapore, as well Qantas in Australia as the Government considers the next step for the national carrier.

It has been a month since the Government ended its lease with Malindo Air and returned the plane and crew. He said earlier the Singapore leasing company has offered a cheaper lease.

He could not divulge the name of the company or the details of the discussions. But he said the Government is also looking at the possibility of using a Qantas aircraft while they iron out details with the Singapore Company.

However, Lautafi told the Samoa Observer on Thursday, he has no idea when we will have a plane. 

“When will the plane arrive, no idea,” said the Minister. “When will flights resume, when borders re open and when we have a plane,” added. 

Last month, $1 million tala was allocated by the Government for Samoa Airways to pay its outstanding expenses to local businesses.

Lautafi had said the assistance would pay for urgent outstanding bills.

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