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Polynesian Airlines has rebranded to Samoa Airways

Polynesian Airlines now operates as Samoa Airways. Polynesian Airlines is now known as Samoa Airways. Please note that you cannot purchase flights with Polynesian Airlines. Polynesian Airlines has been rebranded to Samoa Airways.

About Polynesian Airlines

Polynesian Airlines was established in 1959 and began its operations across Samoa. 10 years later, the airline was operating daily flights to Pago Pago, Tonga and Fiji using its Douglas DC-3 aircraft. However, in 2005 the airlines' international jet flights were taken over by Polynesian Blue. Polynesian Blue, was a new airline established as a joint venture between the government of Samoa and Australian carrier Virgin Blue.

Polynesian Airlines resumed its international flights under 'Samoa Airways' after the Samoan government announced that it was closing Virgin Samoa due to competitiveness.

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Baggage Policy

Polynesian Airlines has different carry-on and checked baggage.

Carry-on Baggage

On Polynesian Airlines flights, you were allowed to bring one piece of carry-on baggage as well as a personal item (personal items include a briefcase, tote bag, or a small backpack). Carry-on luggage couldn't exceed 114 cm in width, length and height.

Checked Baggage

When passengers were flying with Polynesian Airlines they could bring 2 bags up to 10kgs. The maximum dimensions of checked baggage couldn't exceed 157cm (length + width + length). This included wheels and handles.

In-flight Entertainment & WIFI

There was no WIFI available on flights on Polynesian Airlines flights. At this moment in time, Samoa Airways doesn't provide WIFI onboard too.

Food & Drink

There were a number of snacks and drinks you could purchase on Polynesian Airlines flights. Depending on the flight journey time, passengers would receive a complimentary meal onboard.


Polynesian Airlines offers online check in and airport check in. For a quick and easy airport journey we advise that you check in online.

Online Check-in

Online check-in was available from 24 hours to 2 hours prior to your flight departure time. You were able to print out your boarding pass or save your boarding pass onto your smartphone.

Airport Check-in

For airport check-in, you were advised to arrive at least 2 hours before your flight scheduled time. There were a number of airport check-in counters passengers could use to check in.

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Destinations that Polynesian Airlines flew to

Below is a list of the destinations that Polynesian Airlines flew to, some destinations have been terminated and some destinations are being run by Samoa Airways:

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Hub Airport

Faleolo International Airport

Faleolo International Airport (APW) is an airport based in Apia, the capital of Samoa. The airport has one runway (9,843 ft x 148 ft). Previously the airport was not designed for aircraft larger than the Boeing 737, however, since the airport's expansion, most international airlines could now land at Faleolo International Airport.

Other airlines that fly from Faleolo International Airport include Air New ZealandFiji AirwaysFiji LinkQantasSamoa AirwaysTalofa Airways and Virgin Australia.


Polynesian Airlines previously operated the aircraft below:

Boeing 727-200

Boeing 737-200

Boeing 737-300

Boeing 737-300QC

Boeing 767-200ER

Boeing 767-300ER

Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander

de Havilland Canada 8-100

Douglas C-47 Skytrain

Douglas C-54 Skymaster

GAF Nomad

Hawker Siddeley HS 748

Percival Prince

Frequently asked questions

Does Polynesian Airlines still exist?

Unfortunately, the airline name Polynesian Airlines doesn't exist anymore. Polynesian Airlines was rebranded to Samoa Airways in 2017 after Polynesian Blue and Virgin Samoa announced to close.

Can I buy Polynesian Airlines flight tickets?

Polynesian Airlines flight tickets have been discounted. Samoa Airways is previously known as Polynesian Airlines. Therefore, when looking for flights from Samoa, you'll want to search for Samoa Airways flights. Use the search form at the top of the page to begin your search for Samoa Airways flights today.

Where did Polynesian Airlines fly to?

Polynesian Airlines operated at Faleolo International Airport (APW). The airline operated short-haul flights within Samoa and American Samoa, and long haul-flight to destinations in Australia and New Zealand.