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.

Samoa Airways 737-9

Samoa Airways

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.

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