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Samoa Air to charge passengers by weight

Portland, Oregon
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Samoa Air to charge passengers by weight

Unless this is a late April Fools Joke.

Someone's finally taken the plunge and done it!

http://www.samoaair.ws/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22001256

"Samoa Air, Introducing a world first: 'Pay only for what you weigh'!

We at Samoa Air are keeping airfares fair, by charging our passengers only for what they weigh. You are the master of your Air'fair', you decide how much (or little) your ticket will cost. No more exorbitant excess baggage fees, or being charged for baggage you may not carry. Your weight plus your baggage items, is what you pay for. Simple."

Edited: 3:51 pm, April 02, 2013
London, United...
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1. Re: Samoa Air to charge passengers by weight

I thought this was introduced at the end of last year....

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g1-i10702-k59687…

Portland, Oregon
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2. Re: Samoa Air to charge passengers by weight

So it was. Looks like the mainstream press is a bit late on the pick up.

London, United...
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3. Re: Samoa Air to charge passengers by weight

Well would not be the first time though,,,:))

Am actually surprised they are doing it. I can't see it going down well here.

Milan, Italy
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4. Re: Samoa Air to charge passengers by weight

How can you buy a ticket online??????????

South Pole
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5. Re: Samoa Air to charge passengers by weight

"Am actually surprised they are doing it"

they are a tiny local airline transporting a population with an chronic obesity problem

wont have any impact anywhere else in the world

London, United...
posts: 19,670
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6. Re: Samoa Air to charge passengers by weight

No, I mean if say a European or us airline did it,,,and lets be honest, some chronic obesity in eu and the states...:))

Kurashiki, Japan
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7. Re: Samoa Air to charge passengers by weight

I personally think it is a very good idea. Hopefully other airlines will follow suit. It's about time.

I'm still seething about the time Qatar Air charged me $160 for an overweight bag at Nairobi when the family behind me (all of them!) easily weighed triple their baggage allowance. If you're carrying it, it should be considered baggage!

Nashville, TN
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8. Re: Samoa Air to charge passengers by weight

Makes sense for this airline. Samoa Air operates small planes (Britten Norman (BN2A) and Cessna 172's). Both aircraft have weight limitations far lower than the aircraft most people on this site are used to flying.

Adelaide, Australia
posts: 10,297
reviews: 33
9. Re: Samoa Air to charge passengers by weight

Heard the CEO talking on the radio yesterday. You have to be honest about your weight when you book on line. i guess they may still weigh you and your luggage at the airport and charge you more if necesssary.

The price charged is per KG of pax and luggage combined.

I have been weighed many times by small Pacific based airlines (including Qantas LinK when flying to Lord Howe). Its not that unusual here. What is new is charging passengers by weight.

And Froggy while there may be an obesity epidemic in Europe it has not had the devastating effect of causing more than half of the adults to develop diabetes as has happened in Samoa.

Edited: 10:00 pm, April 02, 2013
Kurashiki, Japan
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10. Re: Samoa Air to charge passengers by weight

I hear the diabetes epidemic is also spreading in the middle East...