According to reviews on Facebook, they have “Flight time is shorter than Poly Air” and “very friendly and helpful staff.” It seems that people using them between Samoa and American Samoa are overall impressed.
In my view, ANY competition with the other two airlines is good news for the traveler. I am not sure if they will actually engage in the much needed price war in Samoa or not but another carrier is still good for us.
What is known about Talofa Airways
Toleafoa Jeffrey Hunter, a local businessman formed a partnership with Taua Fatu, former CEO of Polynesian Airlines to start the airline. They bought a pair of Rockwell 690B Turbo Commander aircraft from Florida and flew them to Samoa themselves.
In late August 2016, they made their first flight to American Samoa and now have up to six flights out of Fagali’i Airport that is just outside of Apia and one flight a day from Faleolo International Airport. There is plans for flights to Tonga, Niue and Wallis Island.
It looks that a round trip from Fagali’i Airport to Pago Pago International Airport will cost around $170 which is right about what the other carriers are offering.
What about Cargo?
One thing that might matter for some is the cost of moving cargo between American Samoa and Samoa. Historically, it has been quite pricy to do so. As of now, Talofa Airways seems to be much cheaper. We will see if that last.
They are currently offering $.70 for a kilo (2.2 pounds) on select flights and normally a few dollars. According to their website, a person could send a package of 25 kilos or 55 pounds for around $40 US Dollars. That is good news.
If you spending much time in Samoa, this is good to know because any thing you need online can be shipped to American Samoa at domestic rates. Now, you can have it delivered to Samoa for just a little more.