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Airbus Forecast Estimates Nearly 37,400 New Aircraft Valued at US$5.8 Trillion Required Over Next 20 Years

According to Airbus’ new Global Market Forecast 2018-2037, the world’s passenger fleet will more than double to 48,000 aircraft in 20 years with traffic growing at a resilient 4.4% per year, driving a need for 37,390 new passenger and freighter aircraft. Growth drivers include private consumption increasing 2.4 times in emerging economies, higher disposable incomes ... read more

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Airline sales office to stay open

The Samoa Airways sales office will remain open to the public despite criticisms that the national airline was undercutting airfares. Minister of Public Enterprises, Lautafi Selafi Purcell, gave this assurance in response to concerns that the practice did not sit well with private-owned travel agencies. “Closing down the Samoa Airways ticket is not the right ... read more

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Airline asks for $12 million loan

Samoa Airways has asked the Unit Trust of Samoa (U.T.O.S.) for a $12 million loan. The Government has in recent months denied that the national airline has been operating at a loss with the Minister of Public Enterprise, Lautafi Selafi Purcell, again dismissing reports that the loan is a financial assistance package to rescue the ... read more

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Samoa Airways fleet set for expansion

The Government is looking at purchasing a Twin Otter aircraft from China to expand the Samoa Airways fleet. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi travelled on a Samoa Airways-owned Twin Otter to the recent Polynesian Leaders Summit in Tuvalu, but it was a two-hour flight that included a refuel stopover in Wallis and Futuna, which did ... read more

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Fiji to invest in more new planes

The Fijian government will bring in more brand new planes like 787s, Dreamliners and A350s in the next few years to serve its routes and boost visitor numbers to the island nation, a Fijian minister said here on Wednesday. The Fijian government on Wednesday leased an A330-200 plane called Vatulele in Nadi. Vatulele is named ... read more

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