Polynesian Airlines

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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 Apia with Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Nadi, Rarotonga, Papeete, Tongatapu, Niue and Pago Pago.

With the establishment of Polynesian Blue, 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, Apia 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 all the major international airlines and non-commercial operators flying into Faleolo International Airport and general sales agency services for Polynesian Blue and Air Pacific in Samoa and American Samoa and Pacific Blue New Zealand in Tonga.

Managed and staffed by a local team with extensive airline business and operational experience, the airline which is still 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.



Polynesian Airlines’ reservations system is a web-based system called Radixx Solutions Inc. Polynesian Airlines issues only electronically generated itineraries for its short haul services between Apia and Pago Pago. Paper and electronic tickets are no longer accepted.

The airline maintains full service travel centers in Apia, Pago Pago and Nuku’alofa in Tonga. These are staffed by industry professionals with years of fares and ticketing experience who provide expert travel advice for journeys within and beyond our route network.

Cargo Freight

Polynesian Airlines provides an efficient and reliable cargo and freight service on its short haul operations as well as cargo services on all the major international airlines operating into Samoa.


Polynesian Airlines offers competitive charter rates for its Twin Otter aircraft to domestic and regional destinations.

Ground Handling

Polynesian Airlines is the sole ground handler in Samoa providing passenger and baggage handling and cargo and ramp services at Faleolo International Airport.

General Sales Agent

Polynesian Airlines is the General Sales Agent for Polynesian Blue and Air Pacific in Samoa and American Samoa and Pacific Blue New Zealand in Tonga.


Polynesian Airlines
Samoa National Provident Fund Building, Beach Road
PO Box 599, Apia, SAMOA

Contact Form
+685 21261 / 22172
+685 20023

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