Samoa Airways’ CEO Tupuivao Seiuli Alvin Tuala
APIA, SAMOA – THURSDAY 24 JANUARY 2019: The CEO of the Samoa Airways, Tupuivao Seiuli Alvin Tuala has been reappointed for another three years. Cabinet’s endorsement signals its intention to proceed full speed with the development of the national airline.
Tupuivao brings a wealth of experience having been in aviation all of his working life.
An aviation lawyer by profession, his working experience included serving as Assistant Attorney General for the Offices of the Attorney Generals in both Samoa and American Samoa. His primary duties and responsibilities were to provide sound legal advice on matters pertaining to Civil Aviation, Airports and International Shipping laws and regulations.
A graduate from the University of Otago with a (BA.Hons) Tuala is also an alumni of the University of Waikato (LLB) and the University of New England in Australia (AdvDipBusMgt- Distinction), ICAO, Montreal Canada and the Singapore Aviation Academy in various Aviation laws and regulatory courses.
Prior to joining Polynesian Airlines, Tuala was employed as a national and regional Aviation regulator with the Attorney General’s Office before joining the Ministry of Transport.
He was appointed Samoa’s Director of Civil Aviation under the Ministry of Transport before the merger and what is now the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, MWTI.
He also worked as the Regional Transport Sector Adviser (Aviation/ Shipping) to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva Fiji, advising member countries on their aviation and shipping Agreements, Treaties and Regulatory and commercial opportunities.
Following that, he was appointed as General Manager of the Pacific Aviation Safety Organisation (PASO), in Port Vila, Vanuatu where he served for 7 years.
Tupuivao Seiuli has vast experience as an aviation regulator and in managing a Pacific Regional Organisation (PASO, CROP Member). He also received specialized training with the International Civil Aviation Organisation HQ in Montreal, Canada, New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority as well as Australia and Singapore.
Tupuivao took the helm of the renamed and reorganized national carrier when the airline re-established its international flights to New Zealand and Australia three years ago. Starting with one jet aircraft on a wet lease, Samoa Airways is getting a new aircraft on a dry lease in March and plans to acquire a second aircraft in June this year for its expanding international services.