1 September 2017 | Network

Virgin Australia confirms plans to fly to Samoa

Virgin Australia today confirmed its plans to fly to Samoa  from 13 November 2017, following the determination issued by the International Air Services Commission that allocates capacity on the route to support the new services. With the Virgin Samoa joint venture services due to cease on 12 November, the commencement of flights by Virgin Australia will ensure there is no disruption in services between Australia and Samoa.

Subject to relevant regulatory approvals, Virgin Australia will operate five return services per week from Auckland to Apia, up to two return services per week from Sydney to Apia, and up to two services per week from Brisbane to Apia. These services are now on sale.

Virgin Australia General Manager Network and Revenue Management Russell Shaw said: “We are excited to enhance connections to Samoa through flights with Virgin Australia.

“Samoa is an important tourist destination and since the Virgin brand commenced flying there in 2005 we have carried more than 1.4 million guests between Australia, New Zealand and Samoa. We want to continue to support Samoa and provide valuable tourism opportunities to the Samoan economy. We look forward to receiving approval from the Samoan Government to commence these operations,” Mr Shaw said.

The flights will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, featuring eight luxurious Business Class seats in a 2-2 configuration and 168 in Economy in a 3-3 configuration. The aircraft also features 30 Economy X seats with additional legroom, preferred overhead locker space, priority check-in and boarding. 

Virgin Australia Schedule to Apia*


Route Flight Number Depart/ Arrive Days of the week
AKL-APW VA73 1625/2120 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
BNE-APW VA93 2025/0525 (+1) Sat
SYD-APW VA97 2100/0530 (+1) Tue, Fri

Virgin Australia Schedule from Apia*


Route Flight Number Depart/ Arrive Days of the week
2220/0125 (+1)
Wed, Sun
Mon, Thu
APW-BNE VA92 0945/1135 Sat
APW-SYD VA78 0625/0945 Wed, Sun

*Schedule is reflective for Nov-17.  Schedule is subject to change due to seasonal variations