Samoa Airways gets cheaper lease for new 737-Max 9 aircraft

Signing the MOU last night between Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Chairman of Air Lease Corporation, Steven Hazy and Samoa Airways Chairman, Fe’esago Fepulea’i as the Minister in charge of the Airline, Lautafi Purcell looks on.

By Rula Su’a – Vaai

APIA, SAMOA – THURSDAY 17 JANUARY 2019: Samoa Airways will be paying more than half a million tala lease to the Air Lease Corporation Company for the new 737-Max 9 aircraft due to arrive in Samoa in March.

Air Lease Corporation Executive Chairman Steve Hazy told Talamua, “The lease depends on the time of the year because different months have different levels of parts and close, and it is between $US300,000 to $US350,000 per month, much cheaper to what they have now.”

The 5 year dry lease will manage the airline to have an all Samoan crew.

“We have arranged with the Boeing Company extra pilots, extra engineers, flights attendants and supervisors, but the crew will all be Samoan, “said Hazy.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Samoa Airways Chairman Feesago Siaosi joined Steven Hazy sign the lease agreement of the new aircraft last night.

The new aircraft will replace the 737-800 on a wet lease from Iceland Air that started Samoa Airways operations a year ago.

The new aircraft as announced is bigger and can accommodate 220 passengers, including 16 business luxury seats, and 117 in the economy class. It is more fuel efficient and has more cargo space.

“It is the latest and the newest Boeing 737-9 Max,” added Hazy.

“As you know, Samoa Airways have been making profit, and a lot of people have chosen Samoa Airways for travel, so there is a need for another plane.” Tuilaepa added.

He said that another aircraft is due to arrive in June this year so the airline will be operating 2 aircrafts.