Talofa: Virgin Australia celebrates return to Apia, Samoa

Company on Virgin Australia’s first flight to Samoa in three years acquired a pleasant welcome house this week (Mar 21), with the flight operated by a proud Samoan crew.

Sydney-Apia companies counseled on March 21 and Brisbane flights on March 23, with each routes working as much as two return flights per week on the airline’s Boeing 737-800 plane.

The all-Samoan cabin crew and First Officer warmly greeted visitors, who have been handled to a standard music through the flight and cultural welcome upon touchdown in Apia.

Virgin Australia Chief Technique and Transformation Officer, Alistair Hartley, mentioned the return was welcome information for travellers throughout the Pacific.

“There’s a robust Visiting Pals and Family (VFR) market in Samoa which is why we needed to mark this event with a Samoan crew,” he mentioned.

“It’s an thrilling step within the rebuilding of our short-haul worldwide community and comes forward of our return to Vanuatu later this month.

“Samoa is well-known for its wealthy tradition and pleasant locals and has been a well-liked vacation spot within the Virgin Australia community since 2005.”

Samoa Tourism Authority CEO, Pativaine Petaia-Tevita, added: “The return of Virgin Australia flights from Australia to Samoa is fantastic information for the nation, boosting collective efforts to rebuild and get well Samoa’s customer economic system.

“With a various flight schedule, it means increasingly travellers will be capable of make their technique to us to expertise Fa`a-Samoa, our stunning tradition and lifestyle.”

Company travelling on Samoa companies will be capable of entry robust connectivity to the remainder of the Virgin Australia home and short-haul worldwide community via Brisbane and Sydney.

Flights from each Brisbane and Sydney will initially depart within the night and from 28 March the Sydney flight will transfer to a daytime departure.

Virgin Australia’s Worldwide short-haul community continues to develop following the relaunch of the enterprise in November 2020 and now contains Bali, Queenstown, Nadi, Port Vila and Apia, in addition to Tokyo (Haneda) which can begin in June 2023.

New brief haul worldwide companies will see Virgin Australia develop its worldwide capability by 50 per cent by mid-2024.