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Samoa is an independent island nation in the southern Pacific Ocean, located about 2900 km (about 1800 mi) northeast of New Zealand. It occupies the large western portion of the 480-km (300-mi) long Samoan archipelago which is divided at longitude 171 west; the Samoan islands east of this line form the United States territory of American Samoa. Known for many years as Western Samoa, the country changed its official name to Samoa in 1997. From the end of World War II in 1945 to its independence in 1962, Western Samoa was a United Nations trust territory administered by New Zealand. Apia is the country's capital, largest town, and commercial centre.

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25 April 2016Samoan Area Airways operated in the mid 1940s [added]

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11 February 2016Talofa Airways is intending to commence revenue operations in April 2016 [added]
19 December 2014Manu'a Airways - status changed to 'Began?' as airline failed to start update
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Air Samoa



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Inter Island Airways

1993 - dateActive


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Manua Air Transport

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Manu'a Airways



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Polynesian Airlines

1959 - dateActive

Polynesian Airlines started operations on 15Aug1959

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Polynesian Blue

2005 - 2012Renamed

First flight (Auckland – Apia) of Polynesian Blue, a partnership between Virgin Blue and the Government of Samoa was on 30Oct2005

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Samoa Air

1986* - 2004Inactive

Samoa Air was founded in 1986

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Samoa Air

2012 - dateActive


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Samoa Aviation

1986* - 2002*Status?

Samoa Aviation was founded in 1986 as an Inter-island carrier that operated scheduled services between Pago Pago and neighbouring islands.

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Samoan Air Lines

1959 - 1963*Status?


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Samoan Area Airways

mid 1940sStatus?


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South Pacific Island Airways (SPIA)

1973 - 1987Inactive


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South Seas Airways

1972* - 1972*Status?


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SPEX (South Pacific Express)

2005 - 2009Inactive


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Talofa Airways

2016 >Planned

Talofa Airways intending to commence revenue operations in Apr2016. delayed until Aug2016

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Tausani Airlines



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Virgin Samoa

2012 - dateActive

Virgin Samoa first flew on 30Oct2005 as Polynesian Blue

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