Our History

Polynesian Airlines was founded in 1959 by Captain Sir Reginald Barnewall, an Australian airline captain who had previously managed an airline called Southern Airlines in Melbourne and Samoan businessman Eugene Paul. With a rich and colorful past, the airline is one of the best known in the South Pacific region. Polynesian Airlines previously operated jet flights linking Samoa with Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Nadi, Rarotonga, Papeete, Tongatapu, Niue and Pago Pago.

With the establishment of Polynesian Blue (now renamed Virgin Samoa), a joint venture airline between the Government of Samoa and Australia’s low-cost airline, Virgin Blue in October 2005, Polynesian Airlines’ operation was downscaled. Today, the airline’s main focus includes its short haul operations from its hub, Fagalii Airport to Pago Pago in American Samoa and on-demand charter services to Maota and Asau domestic airstrips on the big island of Savaii and other neighboring island countries such as Tonga and Niue. Other key components of the airline’s business include the provision of ground handling services for Air New Zealand and Air Pacific and non-commercial operators flying into Faleolo International Airport and General Sales Agency services for Virgin Samoa in Samoa and American Samoa and Virgin Australia in Tonga.

Managed and staffed by a local team with extensive airline business and operational experience, the airline which is still one hundred percent owned by the Government of Samoa, continues its tradition of offering travelers an easy and enjoyable experience on its scheduled and chartered services.

Our People

Board of Directors

  • Chairman – Feesago Siaosi Fepulea’i
  • Director – Lealaitagomoa Tony Brighouse
  • Director – Tuia Pu’a Fuatogi
  • Director – Mata’utia Puipui Mata’utia
  • Director – Muaausa Shane Rivers
  • Director – Nonumalo Akerei Salesa


  • Chief Executive Officer – Seiuli Alvin Tuala
  • Manager Flight Operations – Captain Dean Sefo
  • Manager Engineering – Taugaele Lafaele Pati
  • Quality Assurance Manager – Tagaloa Aolele Kirk Godinet
  • Manager Airport Services – Alyson Pavitt-Sefo
  • Manager Finance – Daisy H. Roebeck
  • Manager Sales & Marketing – Fonoti Michelene Taua’a
  • Fagalii Aerodrome Standards Officer & Chief Security Officer – Mulitalo Howard Fidow

Our Organisation

Aircraft Operations

Polynesian Airlines’ Aircraft Operations include its commercial passenger and cargo flights between Samoa and American Samoa and charter flights to the big island of Savaii and other neighbouring Pacific Island countries such as Tonga, Niue and Fiji, using its Twin Otter aircraft fleet.

Fagalii Airport

Polynesian Airlines enjoys the unique position of being a commercial airline and a commercial airport operator. On 01 July 2009, Polynesian Airlines re-opened Fagalii Airport for commercial airline operations. Fagalii Airport operates to international ICAO standards and received its Aerodrome Operating Certificate under the provisions of Civil Aviation Rule Part 139 to perform Aerodrome Operations. Fagalii Airport is restricted to daylight, non-instrument operations by aircraft with wing spans not exceeding 20 meters.

As Fagalii Airport is one of 5 main international ports of entry into Samoa, passengers travelling through this airport to/from American Samoa are subject to Customs, Immigration, Health and Quarantine regulations of Samoa.

Fagalii Airport is located in the village of Fagalii about 5km East of Apia town on the main island of Upolu and about 1km from the Royal Samoa Golf Course also located in Fagalii village.

Smaller aircraft types can safely land at Fagalii Airport including Helicopters. For information on landing fees at Fagalii Airport, please email enquiries@polynesianairlines.com

Aircraft Fleet

Two (2) DHC-6 300 Twin Otters Regn: 5W-FAW and 5W-FAY
Manufacturer DeHavilland
Engine PT6A-27
Seats 19
Cargo Capacity 360 kgs
Fuel Capacity 2500 lbs
Overall Length 51’ 9”
Wing Span 65’ 0”
Top of Fin from Ground 19’ 6”
Cruise Speed 187 knots (max speed)
Range 700 nm
Altitude 26700 ft (service ceiling)

Engineering Maintenance Services

In addition to maintaining our Twin Otter fleet, our group of highly qualified and experienced LAMEs (Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers) and tradesmen engineers also provide engineering maintenance services for Fiji Airways’ aircraft fleet operating into Samoa. For more information, please email our Manager Engineering on lpati@polynesianairlines.ws or enquiries@polynesianairlines.com

Ground Handling Services

Polynesian Airlines is the approved ground handler for Air New Zealand and Fiji Airways at Faleolo International Airport. Polynesian Airlines also provides ground handling services for non-commercial flights operating into Faleolo International Airport. For more information, please email our Manager Airport Services on asefo@polynesianairlines.ws or enquiries@polynesianairlines.com