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Pacific Air Charters expanding

The P2012
Sources: CH Aviation & Asia Aviation

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Pacific Air Charters has taken delivery of the first batch of two P2012s, which will expand its operations in Samoa under the “Pago Wings” brand.

Pacific Air Charters Inc, which has been operating in Hawaii since 2003, has already purchased two Tecnam P2012 Traveller aircraft. This delivery follows the signing of an order for two P2012 aircraft plus 23 additional options.

The P2012 is specifically designed for small, short-haul markets such as Hawaii and Samoa, and the Tecnam Traveller will update the fleet serving these routes.

Pacific Air Charters Inc. is a Part 135 air carrier. Under the terms of its US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 135 certificate, Pacific Air Charters/Pago Wings can provide on-demand, unscheduled air services. The airline was recently acquired by the Pago Pago-based Alofa family (Papali’i Lauli’i’ Alofa) who want to expand air services in American Samoa.

"We believe the Tecnam Traveller is a superior aircraft designed specifically for markets like American Samoa," said Pacific Air Charters CEO Marshall Ashley.

Special Mission Platform Sales and Business Development Manager, Experimental Test Pilot, Francesco Sferra said: “Tecnam is proud to partner with Pacific Air Charters to provide to the Pago Wings passengers the “best in class” experience for their flights in the American Samoa. The mission profile, orography of the region and geographical position make the Traveller the ideal choice to enhance safety and comfort for over water connections between islands and atolls outfitted of small runways. Passengers will experience the superior cabin comfort, the superb view from all seats, and the on-board amenities like air conditioning.”

The Traveller, which comfortably seats nine passengers with one or two crew, is a new-generation, turbocharged, twin-engine, high-wing, fixed-wing aircraft. The choice of Pacific Air Charters provides customers with cost-effective and diverse configuration options, while delivering the experience that discerning travelers expect, such as premium interiors, air conditioning, in-seat power, superior legroom and under-seat stowage.