Samoa Airways has signed a tentative agreement to lease a Boeing 737 Max 9 from Air Lease that will replace its sole 737-800.
The carrier states that the new jet is scheduled to be delivered in March, and will be configured with 16 business and 173 economy class seats.
That will make it the first operator of the Max 9 in the Oceania, and the second Max operator in the region after Fiji Airways.
Samoa Airways started operations in November 2017, replacing Virgin Samoa which was operated as a joint venture between the Samoan government and Virgin Australia.
FlightGlobal schedules data shows that the government-owned carrier flies from Apia to Auckland, Sydney and Brisbane.