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OST-95-791
OST-95-806
OST-96-1687
11/25/97 Application for Exemption Apia, Western Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands and Papeete, Tahiti; Exemptions for Foreign Air Transport Apia-Honolulu, HI and Apia-Los Angeles, CA
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OST-95-791  
OST-95-806
 
OST-96-1687
Posted 1/13/98 Notice of Action Apia, Western Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands and Papeete, Tahiti; Exemptions for Foreign Air Transport Apia-Honolulu, HI and Apia-Los Angeles, CA
OST-98-3631 3/16/98 Application for Emergency Exemption

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Maota-Pago Pago
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OST-98-3631 3/18/98 Answer of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. to Application for Emergency Exemption

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Maota-Pago Pago
OST-98-3631 4/1/98 Notice of Action Maota-Pago Pago
OST-95-791
OST-95-806
OST-96-1687
OST-98-3631
December 17, 1998 Application for Renewal of Exemptions Apia/Pago Pago Beyond to Rarotonga/Pepeete - Codeshare with Air New Zealand
    Service List  
OST-95-791
OST-95-806
OST-96-1687
OST-98-3631
Filed December 17, 1998
Issued January 22, 1999
Notice of Action Taken  
OST-95-791
OST-95-806
OST-96-1687
OST-98-3631
January 19, 2000 Application for Renewal of Exemptions Apia/Pago Pago Beyond to
Rarotonga/Pepeete
    Service List  
OST-95-791
OST-95-806
OST-96-1687
OST-98-3631
Filed January 19, 2000
Issued February 15, 2000
Notice of Action Taken Apia, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa, and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and Papeete / Apia-Honolulu / Apia-Los Angeles / Maota, Samoa, and Pago Pago
OST-95-791
OST-95-806
OST-96-1687
OST-98-3631
January 17, 2001 Application for Renewal of Exemptions Apia, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa, and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands/Papeete; Apia- Honolulu; Apia-Los Angeles;  Maota/Samoa/Pago Pago
    Service List  
OST-95-791
OST-95-806
OST-96-1687
OST-98-3631
Filed January 17, 2001
Issued February 8, 2001
Notice of Action Taken Apia, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa, and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and Papeete/Apia-Honolulu/Apia-Los Angeles/ Maota, Samoa, and Pago Pago
OST-01-9313 March 30, 2001 Application for Exemption Honolulu, Hawaii- Auckland/Wellington/ Christchurch, New Zealand via Apia, Samoa
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OST-01-9313 May 16, 2001 Supplement One to Application for Exemption Honolulu, Hawaii- Auckland/ Wellington/Christchurch, New Zealand via Apia, Samoa
    Exhibit:  Letter of Director of Aviation of Samoa  
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OST-01-9313 Filed March 30, 2001
Amended March 30, 2001
Issued May 16, 2001
Notice of Action Taken Honolulu, Hawaii- Auckland/ Wellington/Christchurch, New Zealand via Apia, Samoa
OST-95-791
OST-95-806
OST-96-1687
OST-98-3631
OST-01-9313
February 4, 2002 Application for Renewal of Exemptions Apia, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa, and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands/Papeete; Apia- Honolulu; Apia-Los Angeles;  Maota- Pago Pago; Honolulu- Auckland, New Zealand via Apia, Somoa
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OST-02-11613 February 15, 2002 Application for Emergency Exemption Pago Pago- Manu'a
    Attachment:  Request for Charter    
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OST-02-11613 Filed February 15, 2002
Issued February 15, 2002
Notice of Action Taken Pago Pago- Manu'a
OST-02-11613 February 19, 2002 Amendment to Application for Emergency Exemption Pago Pago- Manu'a
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OST-02-11657 February 20, 2002 Application for Exemption and Statement of Authorization Tonga- Honolulu
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OST-95-791
OST-95-806
OST-96-1687
OST-98-3631
OST-01-9313
Filed February 4, 2002
Issued February 21, 2002
Notice of Action Taken Apia, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa, and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands/Papeete; Apia- Honolulu; Apia-Los Angeles;  Maota- Pago Pago; Honolulu- Auckland, New Zealand via Apia, Somoa
OST-02-11657 Filed February 20, 2002
Issued March 7, 2002
Notice of Action Taken Tonga- Honolulu
OST-95-791
OST-95-806
OST-96-1687
OST-98-3631
OST-01-9313
OST-02-11657
January 14, 2003 Application for Renewal of Exemptions Samoa-US Scheduled
OST-95-791
OST-95-806
OST-96-1687
OST-98-3631
OST-01-9313
OST-02-11657
Issued February 12, 2003 Notice of Action Taken Samoa/Tahiti/American Samoa/Cook Islands - US
       

July 8, 2003

OST-03-15622 - Pago Pago-Apia-Honolulu

Application for Emergency Exemption

Application of Polynesian Limited, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 40109(g) and 41703(c), request a limited emergency exemption to operate one roundtrip scheduled passenger flight for the purpose of transporting passengers between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Honolulu, Hawaii, via Apia, Samoa, on July 12, 2003. The transportation of passengers on Polynesian's aircraft between Pago Pago and Honolulu via Apia constitutes cabotage, requiring an exemption from the Department.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonely@ssd.com


July 10, 2003

OST-03-15622 - Pago Pago-Apia-Honolulu

Re: Polling Letter

I am writing to confirm that Polynesian Limited has completed its telephone poll of all persons served with the application filed in Docket OST-2003-15622. Polynesian has been advised that no person intends to comment on, or object to, the application. This will confirm also that the maximum capacity of Polynesian's B737-800 aircraft is 154 passengers, and that Polynesian will transport no more than that number of passengers on each of the Pago Pago-Apia-Honolulu and Honolulu-Apia-Pago Pago flights.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-03-16163 - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

September 11, 2003

Application for an Emergency Exemption

Hereby requests a limited emergency exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 40109(g) and 41703(c), and any other applicable statutes and regulations of the Department of Transportation, permitting Polynesian to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa, through November 8, 2003. Polynesian proposes to transport passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands utilizing Polynesian's Twin Otter aircraft. The transportation of passengers on Polynesian's aircraft between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands constitutes cabotage, requiring an exemption from the Department.

Polynesian's application stems from Samoa Air's complete suspension of service while Samoa Air's single Twin Otter aircraft undergoes approximately eight weeks of required maintenance. As a result, all air service between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands has been eliminated.

Polynesian will not profit from operating Pago Pago-Manu' a Islands service. In view of the exceptional need for air service, Polynesian has agreed with the American Samoan Government that Polynesian's costs of providing the service will be reimbursed without profit. Under the agreement, Polynesian will simply recover its actual costs, foregoing whatever profits could be made by utilizing its aircraft in other service. Polynesian believes this demonstrates beyond question that its intentions are rooted strictly in humanitarian concerns, and that grant of its exemption request will not result in a profit at the expense of any U.S. carrier.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-03-16163 - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

September 12, 2003

Comments of Samoa Aviation

The basis of the Polynesian application is that Samoa allegedly ceased all service between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu'a Islands on September 7, 2003, thereby leaving these islands without any air service. This statement is not, in fact, accurate. While it is true that Samoa Air is on the verge of having its Twin Otter aircraft down for maintenance for approximately eight weeks, the aircraft is not currently undergoing maintenance and will be operated on a reduced schedule (one flight a week to each of two islands) for the next several weeks. Thereafter, Samoa Air intends to wet lease a DeHavilland Dash-8 aircraft from Air National, a New Zealand carrier, to continue its service in American Samoa.

Since Samoa Air is continuing to provide this service with its existing aircraft until the Air National application is acted upon, there is no reason for DOT to grant the Polynesian request.

Air National Emergency Exemption Request - OST-03-16117

Counsel: Meyers Alterman, Stephen Alterman, 202-293-1030, cargoair@aol.com


OST-03-16163 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

September 15, 2003

Reply of Hawaiian Airlines to Application for an Emergency Exemption | Word

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. will interpose no objections to the grant of the emergency exemption requested filed on September 11, 2003, with the understanding that the exemption be limited in time to the 60 days required to accomplish the maintenance on the Samoa Air aircraft and that the exemption be limited to the present seating capacity provided by Samoa Air in the markets to be served by this exemption.

Counsel: Dow Lohnes, Jonathan Hill, 202-776-2000, jhill@dlalaw.com


OST-03-16163 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands


September 22, 2003

Motion to Accept an Otherwise Unauthorized Document and Sur-Reply of Hawaiian Airlines | Word

The grant of an exemption from the cabatage prohibition is extraordinary relief as reflected in the inquiries that the Department must make and the monitoring it must undertake to grant that relief 49 U.S.C. § 40109 (g). Hawaiian in taking the position it has recognizes the needs of American Samoa for the availability of immediate replacement lift. The grant of such an exemption, should the Department so decide, should be carefully circumscribed so as to not provide foreign carriers unrestricted access to an otherwise prohibited market.

Counsel: Dow Lohnes, Jonathan Hill, 202-776-2000, jhill@dhalaw.com


September 22, 2003

Reply of Polynesian

Based on information received from the American Samoan Government, Polynesian understands that Samoa Air's Twin Otter aircraft has approximately 31 cycles remaining before it must ground its aircraft for required maintenance. Polynesian understands further that each roundtrip flight to the Manu'a Islands utilizes three cycles. Ten roundtrip flights are therefore possible with Samoa Air's aircraft, assuming that little or no margin is reserved for the aircraft. Whether Samoa Air operates one flight weekly over ten weeks or two flights weekly over five weeks is not significant. Rather, the most important consideration, and the one on which the Department must focus, is the need of American Samoa. Polynesian understands that Samoa Air has in the past operated up to two or three flights daily between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands, providing as many as 21 weekly roundtrips. The one or two roundtrip weekly flights proposed now by Samoa Air are plainly inadequate for the needs of American Samoa. Polynesian is attaching to this reply a letter from the Governor of American Samoa confirming that American Samoa needs additional air service between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands desperately, and that Samoa Air's severely limited services are simply not adequate.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com

September 22, 2003

Re: Polling Letter of Polynesian

I am writing to advise the Department of Transportation of the results of Polynesian Limited's telephone poll conducted in connection with Polynesian's application in the above-captioned docket. With the exceptions of Samoa Air and Hawaiian Airlines, which have submitted comments, Polynesian is advised that no other air carrier served with Polynesian's application objects to approval of the application or has aircraft available for commitment to the Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands route. Polynesian is advised also that the National Air Carrier Association does not object to approval of Polynesian's application.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-03-16117 - Air National - Emergency Wet-Lease to Samoa Air


OST-03-16163 - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

October 15, 2003

Motion of Polynesian

Hereby moves the Department of Transportation to immediately grant to Polynesian the remaining portion of its application in this docket and authorize Polynesian to operate emergency cabotage services between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa, through November 8, 2003.

Although Samoa Air did return its Twin Otter to service, Polynesian understands the aircraft was removed from service on October 3, 2003, and placed in maintenance. To Polynesian's knowledge; Samoa Air has not announced when its aircraft will complete maintenance and return to service.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-03-16163 - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

October 15, 2003

Motion of Polynesian

Hereby moves the Department of Transportation to immediately grant to Polynesian the remaining portion of its application in this docket and authorize Polynesian to operate emergency cabotage services between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa, through November 8, 2003.

Although Samoa Air did return its Twin Otter to service, Polynesian understands the aircraft was removed from service on October 3, 2003, and placed in maintenance. To Polynesian's knowledge; Samoa Air has not announced when its aircraft will complete maintenance and return to service.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-03-16163 - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

October 20, 2003

Motion of Polynesian to Shorten Answer Period

Hereby requests that the Department of Transportation ("Department") immediately shorten to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, October 22, 2003, the deadline for submission of answers to Polynesian's pending October 15, 2003, motion.

Polynesian has confirmed that Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. does not intend to answer Polynesian's October 15 motion, but has been unable to determine whether Samoa Air will answer. Polynesian has tried repeatedly to obtain Samoa Air's position on its October 15 motion, but Samoa Air's telephone number remains out of service and Polynesian has received no reply from Samoa Air or Andre Lavigne in response to its October 15 motion. In view of the short remaining time, Polynesian asks that an answer deadline of noon on October 22 be established immediately so that the Department will be able to act on Polynesian's October 15 motion prior to the October 23, 2003, expiration of Polynesian's Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands operating authority.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-262-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-03-16163 - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

October 15, 2003

Motion of Polynesian

Hereby moves the Department of Transportation to immediately grant to Polynesian the remaining portion of its application in this docket and authorize Polynesian to operate emergency cabotage services between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa, through November 8, 2003.

Although Samoa Air did return its Twin Otter to service, Polynesian understands the aircraft was removed from service on October 3, 2003, and placed in maintenance. To Polynesian's knowledge; Samoa Air has not announced when its aircraft will complete maintenance and return to service.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-03-16163 - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

October 20, 2003

Motion of Polynesian to Shorten Answer Period

Hereby requests that the Department of Transportation ("Department") immediately shorten to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, October 22, 2003, the deadline for submission of answers to Polynesian's pending October 15, 2003, motion.

Polynesian has confirmed that Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. does not intend to answer Polynesian's October 15 motion, but has been unable to determine whether Samoa Air will answer. Polynesian has tried repeatedly to obtain Samoa Air's position on its October 15 motion, but Samoa Air's telephone number remains out of service and Polynesian has received no reply from Samoa Air or Andre Lavigne in response to its October 15 motion. In view of the short remaining time, Polynesian asks that an answer deadline of noon on October 22 be established immediately so that the Department will be able to act on Polynesian's October 15 motion prior to the October 23, 2003, expiration of Polynesian's Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands operating authority.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-262-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-03-16163 - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed September 11, 2003 | Issued October 23, 2003

Notice of Action Taken

Extend exemption from 49 U.S.C. section 40109(g), granted September 23, 2003, in this Docket, to permit the applicant to continue to conduct scheduled, combination services between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Ofu, American Samoa, and between Pago Pago and Ta'u, American Samoa, beyond October 23, 2003, through November 8, 2003, using 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft. In its motion for extension of its exemption, Polynesian asserted that the need for its American Samoa inter-island services remains, and that it is prepared to continue (under its arrangement with the Government of American Samoa) to provide several flights per week in the affected markets.

In making our initial grant in this case, we noted that the severe cutbacks in service in the inter-island American Samoa markets by Samoa Aviation, the only U.S. carrier that had been serving the subject markets, clearly constituted an emergency created by unusual circumstances not arising in the normal course of business; that no U.S. appeared able to provide the level of service necessary to meet the needs of American Samoa, and that the authority was necessary to prevent undue hardship to the residents of American Samoa. We find that those determinations remain valid and warrant extension of this authority through November 8, 2003.

By: Paul Gretch


OST-03-16404 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

October 24, 2003

Application for Emergency Exemption

Polynesian is requesting grant of this authority through January 31, 2004, to avoid the need to file duplicative applications with the Department. Polynesian understands that any authority granted pursuant to this request will be subject to further review by the Department in the event a U.S. carrier resumes service between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands at a level commensurate with that level of service operated by Samoa Air prior to reductions in its service schedule made in September 2003, and that the Department's approvals would be valid for periods of no more than thirty days, with the remainder deferred.

Polynesian has been operating approximately three weekly flights between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands since September 23. Although demand for service continues to exceed Polynesian's ability to operate flights, Polynesian is limited by equipment availability and scheduling as to the number of flights it can operate between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands. Polynesian will, to the extent possible, add flights during periods of peak demand and when needed for medical or other emergency reasons. Flights will continue to be operated with Polynesian's 18-seat Twin Otter aircraft.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donely, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-03-16404 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed October 24, 2003 | Issued November 7, 2003

Notice of Action Taken | Word

Exemption from 49 U.S.C. section 40109(g) to permit the applicant to continue to conduct scheduled, combination services between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Ofu, American Samoa, and between Pago Pago and Manu'a, American Samoa, beyond November 8, 2003, through January 31, 2004, using 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft. Polynesian asserted that currently there is no scheduled, inter-island service being provided by any U.S. carrier, that the need for its American Samoa services (initially granted by the Department in Docket OST-2003-16163) remains, and that it is prepared to continue (under its arrangement with the Government of American Samoa) to provide several flights per week in the affected markets, and, to the extent possible, add flights during peak demand periods and for medical emergencies.

By: Paul Gretch


November 7, 2003

Response of Aviation Ventures, Inc. d/b/a Vision Air

Vision believes that the severity of the emergency that has previously existed since the cessation of service by Samoa Air will shortly be lleviated by Vision's introduction of on demand air taxi service with a modern Domier 228 aircraft. Vision believes it has the capacity to provide superior air service to the islands of American Samoa than Samoa Air was capable of providing with Twin Otter aircraft.

Counsel: Eric Zubel, 702-369-3369, mbrooks@visionholidays.com


OST-03-16404 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands


December 5, 2003

Correspondence of Squire Sanders - Counsel for Polyneisan

Enclosed please find a copy of Polynesian Limited's correspondence with the Department's Licensing Division dated December 4, 2003. Please file the enclosure in the pleadings section of the above‑captioned docket and treat this letter and the enclosure as a motion for extension of Polynesian's authority through January 8, 2003.

Polynesian is providing a courtesy copy of this letter and the enclosure to counsel for Aviation Ventures, Inc. d!b/a Vision Air. Polynesian notes that Vision Air's November 7, 2003, response in this docket indicates Vision Air does not oppose extension of Polynesian's authority through January 31, 2004.

During October 2003, Polynesian operated 29 roundtrip flights and transported 447 revenue passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands. Polynesian's load factors during this period ranged from approximately 26 to 61 percent,. depending on the specific route and direction. During November 2003, Polynesian operated 17 roundtrip flights and transported 173 revenue passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands, with load factors ranging from approximately 19 to 37 percent, depending on the route and direction. Polynesian has also transported approximately 3,500 kgs. of freight during these two months. All flights between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands were operated by Polynesian with 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


Filed October 24, 2003 | Issued December 5, 2003

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption from 49 U.S.C. section 40109(g) to permit the applicant to continue to conduct scheduled, combination services between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Ofu, American Samoa, and between Pago Pago and Ta'u, American Samoa, through January 31, 2004, using 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft.

We initially granted Polynesian Limited authority to serve American Samoa for a 30-day period on September 23, 2003, in Docket OST 2003-16163, deferring action on the balance of its request, and, on October 23, 2003, extended the carrier's exemption through November 8, 2003. On November 7, in Docket OST-2003-16404, we extended the subject authority through December 8, 2003, and again deferred action on the balance of its request. We now are granting Polynesian Limited's request in the instant Docket to continue to operate its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days (that is, through January 7, 2004), and are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian's application in this Docket, i.e., to continue this operation through January 31, 2004.

By: Paul Gretch


OST-95-791 - Apia, Samoa, and Pago Pago, American Samoa, and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and Papeete, Tahiti
OST-95-806 - Apia and Honolulu, HI
OST-96-1687 - Apia and Los Angeles, CA
OST-98-3631 - Maota, Samoa, and Pago Pago
OST-01-9313 - Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, via Apia
OST-02-11657 - Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, via Apia

January 15, 2004

Applicationf or Renwal of Exemptions

hereby requests renewal of the exemption authority granted to it by the Department of Transportation in the above‑captioned dockets permitting Polynesian to perform scheduled foreign air transportation between:

Polynesian also requests renewal of its exemption in Docket OST-2002-11657 permitting it to operate charter flights pursuant to Part 212 of the Department's regulations. Polynesian also holds in this docket a statement of authorization of indefinite duration permitting it to display the designator code of Royal Tongan Airlines on Polynesian's scheduled flights between Tonga and Honolulu operated via Apia. Polynesian currently operates frequent daily flights between (i) Apia, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa; and (ii) Maota, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa utilizing Twin Otter aircraft. Polynesian also provides scheduled service between Apia and Honolulu with service to Tonga and Auckland. These flights are operated weekly with Polynesian's B737-800 aircraft and crews.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles donely, 202-626-6840, cdonely@ssd.com


OST-95-791 -Apia, Samoa, and Pago Pago, American Samoa, and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and Papeete, Tahiti
OST-95-806 - Apia and Honolulu, HI
OST-96-1687 - Apia and Los Angeles, CA
OST-98-3631 - Maota, Samoa, and Pago Pago
OST-01-9313 - Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, via Apia
OST-02-11657 - Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, via Apia

Filed: January 15, 2004 | Issued: February 12, 2004

Notice of Action Taken | Word

Relief requested: (1) Renew exemptions from 49 U.S.C. § 41301 to conduct scheduled foreign air transportation of persons, property and mail between: (i) Apia, Samoa, and Pago Pago, American Samoa, and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and Papeete, Tahiti (OST-95-791); (ii) Apia and Honolulu, HI (OST-95-806); (iii) Apia and Los Angeles, CA (OST-96-1687); (iv) Maota, Samoa, and Pago Pago (OST-98-3631); (v) Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, via Apia (OST-2001-9313); and (2) Renew exemption from 49 U.S.C. § 41301 to conduct charter foreign air transportation of persons, property and mail pursuant to 14 CFR 212 of the Department’s regulations (OST-2002-11657).

By: Paul Gretch


OST-98-3304 - Family Assistance Plans

March 10, 2004

Re: Amended Family Assistance Plan

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-04-17387 - Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

March 22, 2004

Application for Emergency Exemption

Hereby requests a limited emergency exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 40109(g) and 41703(c), and any other applicable statutes and regulations of the Department of Transportation, permitting Polynesian to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa,' from April 1, 2004, through June 25, 2004.

Polynesian is requesting grant of this authority through June 25, 2004, to avoid the need to file duplicative applications with the Department. Polynesian understands that any authority granted pursuant to this request will be subject to ftirther review by the Department in the event a U.S. carrier resumes service between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands at a level commensurate with that level of service operated by Inter Island Airways prior to its suspension of service on March 31, 2004, and that the Department's approvals would be valid for periods of no more than thirty days, with the remainder deferred.

In addition to its emergency Pago Pago‑Manu'a Islands services, Polynesian currently operates frequent daily flights between (i) Apia, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa; and (ii) Maota, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa, utilizing Twin Otter and Britten Norman Islander aircraft. Polynesian also provides scheduled service between Apia and Honolulu. These flights are operated weekly with Polynesian's 154‑seat B737‑800 aircraft and crews. Polynesian's fitness and ability to carry out the proposed flight are amply demonstrated through its regular flight operations.

During prior periods when Polynesian was authorized by the Department to operate cabotage flights between Pago Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands, it was called upon to operate several emergency flights. Notice of Action Taken, Docket OST-2003-16163 ("Given the circumstancs, we find that the standards for grant of emergency cabotage authority have been met, and that grant of the exemption requested by Polynesian, for a 30-day term [and deferring action on the remainder], is warranted."). See also Notice of Action Taken, Docket OST-2003-16163, October 23, 2003, and Notice ofActi9n Taken, Docket OST-2003-16404, November 7, 2003.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-04-17387 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

March 25, 2004

Re: Application for Exemption

I am writing to advise the Department of Transportation of the results of Polynesian Limited’s telephone poll conducted in connection with Polynesian’s application in the above-captioned docket. Polynesian served its application on all persons identified in the service list attached to the application.

Polynesian has been advised that no carrier served with the application objects to it, no carrier has any comments on the merits of the application, and no carrier has aircraft currently available to operate the services covered by the application.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Elizabeth Collins, 202-626-6207, ecollins@ssd.com


OST-04-17387 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed March 22, 2004 | Issued March 26, 2004

Notice of Action Taken | Word

We are granting Polynesian Limited authority to operate its proposed intra-American Samoa services, using 18-seat Twin Otter equipment, for a period of 30 days, that is, April 1 through April 30, 2004, or until five days after we are notified that Inter Island Airways resumes, or another U.S. carrier initiates, service in these inter-island markets, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, to continue this operation beyond April 30 through June 25, 2004.

The effects of the March 31, 2004, suspension in service in the inter-island American Samoa markets by Inter Island Airways, the only U.S. carrier serving these markets, clearly constitute an emergency created by unusual circumstances not arising in the normal course of business. Also, the record in this case clearly indicates that no U.S. carrier appears able at this time to provide the level of service necessary to meet the needs of American Samoa, an isolated multi-island community that is uniquely dependent on air transportation. Further, provision of the services that Polynesian Limited proposes clearly is needed to prevent undue hardship to the residents of American Samoa.

By: Karan Bhatia


OST-04-17387 - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

April 23, 2004

Re: Request for a Thirty-Day Extension for Authority to Operate Cabotage Service

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request a thirty-day extension of Polynesian's authority to operate cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manua'a Islands in American Samoa. Polynesian was initially granted authority to operate this service for a thirty-day period beginning April 1. Since Polynesian's authority will expire on April 30, it requires an extension to continue operations. Polynesian is the only carrier providing passenger service between Pago Pago and the Manua'a Islands and without the requested extension it will be required to cease operations, leaving American Samoa without needed interisland passenger service.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-04-17387 - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed March 22, 2004 | Supplemented April 23, 2004 | Issued April 30, 2004

Notice of Action Taken | Word

Taking into account the current record, including that the U.S. carrier Village Aviation has initiated cargo charters in American Samoa, we now are granting Polynesian Limited's request in this case to continue to operate its intra-American Samoa passenger services, using its 18-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days (that is, through May 30, 2004), or until five days after a U.S. carrier initiates intra American Samoa passenger operations, and are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian's application in this Docket, i.e., to continue this operation through June 25, 2004.

In acting favorably on this unopposed request for extension of emergency cabotage authority, we find that Polynesian Limited's request continues to meet all the relevant criteria of 49 U.S.C. section 40109(g) for the continued grant of an exemption of this type, and that such favorable action still is required in the public interest. In making our initial grant to Polynesian in this Docket, on March 26, 2004, we noted that the effects of the late March 2004 suspension in service by Inter Island Airways, which was the only carrier then serving the inter‑island American Samoa markets, clearly constituted an emergency created by unusual circumstances not arising in the normal course of business. Also, the record in this case clearly indicates that no U.S. carrier appears able at this time to provide passenger lift necessary to meet the needs of American Samoa, a community uniquely dependent on air transportation. In that regard, Village Aviation does not currently hold Department authority to conduct passenger operations in American Samoa. Further, in our view, the continuation of Polynesian's passenger services is required to prevent undue hardship to the residents of American Samoa.

By: Karan Bhatia


OST-04-17387 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

May 21, 2004

Re: Request for an Extension of Time

I am submitting this supplement on behalf of Polynesian Limited  to request an extension through June 25, 2004, of Polynesian's authority to operate cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manua'a Islands in American Samoa. Polynesian was initially granted authority to operate this service for a thirty‑day period beginning April 1. This authority was most recently extended on April 30, through May 30. Since Polynesian's authority will soon expire, it requires an extension to continue operations. Polynesian is the only carrier providing passenger service between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands and without the requested extension it will be required to cease operations, leaving American Samoa without needed interisland passenger service.

In view of Village Aviation's (OST-04-17582) commencement of all-cargo service in American Samoa on April 20, Polynesian does not transport cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands. Rather, its services are limited to the transportation of passengers and their baggage operated three times weekly.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-04-17387 - Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed March 22, 2004 | Issued May 27, 2004

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption from 49 U.S.C. section 40109(g) to permit the applicant to continue to carry persons and their accompanying baggage between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, beyond May 30, 2004, through June 25, 2004, using 18-seat Twin Otter aircraft.

By: Karan Bhatia


OST-04-18365 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a

June 16, 2004

Application for an Emergency Exemption

Polynesian is the only carrier transporting passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands, although cargo is being transported in this market currently by a U.S. carrier. As a result, Polynesian has suspended its intra‑American Samoa cargo service. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Polynesian continue service between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands beyond June 25 to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Polynesian has agreed to the American Samoan Government's request, and is prepared to continue operations.

Polynesian currently operates frequent daily flights between (i) Apia, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa; and (ii) Maota, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa, utilizing Twin Otter and Britten Norman Islander aircraft. Polynesian also provides scheduled service between Apia and Honolulu. These flights are operated weekly with Polynesian's 154‑seat B737‑800 aircraft and crews.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-04-18365 - Manu’a Islands-Pago Pago Emergency Cabotage Service

June 22, 2004

Re: Polling Letter

I am writing in connection with the application of Polynesian Limited to operate emergency cabotage service between the Manu’a Islands and Pago Pago in American Samoa, utilizing Twin Otter aircraft. Polynesian has completed its telephone poll of all carriers served with its application and has been advised that no carrier objects to approval of its application. Further, with the exception of Village Aviation (which is transporting property and mail between the Manu’a Islands and Pago Pago), Polynesian is advised that no carrier served with its application is prepared to operate between the Manu’a Islands and Pago Pago.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-04-18365 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a

Filed June 16, 2004 | Issued June 23, 2004

Notice of Action Taken

By: Paul Gretch


OST-04-18365 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a

July 20, 2004

Re: Extension Request to Operate Cabotage Service

I am submitting this supplement on behalf of Polynesian Limited  to request an extension through August 26, 2004, of Polynesian's authority to operate cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manua'a Islands in American Samoa. Polynesian was initially granted authority in this docket to operate this service through July 26. Since Polynesian's authority will soon expire, it requires an extension to continue operations. Polynesian is the only carrier providing passenger service between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands and without the requested extension it will be required to cease operations, leaving American Samoa without needed interisland passenger service.

In view of Village Aviation's commencement of all-cargo service in American Samoa on April 20, (OST-04-18493) Polynesian does not transport cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands. Rather, its services are limited to the transportation of passengers and their baggage.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-04-18365 - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed June 16, 2004 | Supplemented July 20, 2004 | Issued July 23, 2004

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption from 49 U.S.C. section 40109(g) to permit the applicant to continue to carry persons and their accompanied baggage between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of one month beyond July 26, 2004.

By: Karan Bhatia


OST-04-18365 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a

August 18, 2004

Re: Thirty-Day Extension

I am submitting this supplement on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request a thirty-day extension beyond August 25, 2004, of Polynesian's authority to operate cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manua'a Islands in American Samoa. Polynesian was initially granted authority in this docket to operate this service through July 26, and an extension was granted in July through August 25. Since Polynesian's authority will soon expire, it requires an extension to continue operations. Polynesian is the only carrier providing passenger service between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands and without the requested extension it will be required to cease operations, leaving American Samoa without needed interisland passenger service.

In view of Village Aviation's (OST-04-17582) commencement of all-cargo service in American Samoa on April 20, Polynesian does not transport cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands. Rather, its services are limited to the transportation of passengers and their baggage.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com

OST-04-18841 - Village Aviation Amendment to Certificate


OST-04-18365 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a

August 20, 2004

Re: Polling Letter

I am writing in connection with the application of Polynesian Limited to operate emergency cabotage service between the Manu'a Islands and Pago Pago in American Samoa. Polynesian has completed its telephone poll of all carriers served with its application and has been advised that no carrier objects to extension of its existing cabotage exemption authority for an additional thirty days. Further, with the exception of Village Aviation (which is transporting property and mail between the Manu'a Islands and Pago Pago), Polynesian is advised that no carrier served with its application is prepared to operate between the Manu'a Islands and Pago Pago.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-04-18365 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a

Filed June 16, 2004 | Supplemented July 20 and August 18, 2004 | Issued August 23, 2004

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption from 49 U.S.C. section 40109(g) to permit the applicant to continue to carry persons and their accompanied baggage between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of 30 days beyond August 25,2004 (that is, through September 24,2004).

By: Paul Gretch


OST-04-18365 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a

September 15, 2004

Amendment One to Application for Emergency Exemption

The Department of Transportation previously approved similar requests from Polynesian to operate between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands due to U.S. carrier termination of service between these points. Today, Polynesian is the only carrier transporting passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands, although cargo is being transported in this market currently by a U.S. carrier. As a result, Polynesian has suspended its intra-American Samoa cargo service. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Polynesian continue service between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands beyond September 24 to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Polynesian has agreed to the American Samoan Government's request, and is prepared to continue operations.

In addition to its emergency Pago Pago‑Manu'a Islands services, Polynesian currently operates frequent daily flights between (i) Apia, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa; and (ii) Maota, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa, utilizing Twin Otter and Britten Norman Islander aircraft. Polynesian also provides scheduled service between Apia and Honolulu. These flights are operated weekly with Polynesian's 154‑seat B737‑800 aircraft and crews. Polynesian's fitness and ability to carry out the proposed flight are amply demonstrated through its regular flight operations.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-04-18365 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a

September 20, 2004

Re: Polling Letter

I am writing in connection with the amended application of Polynesian Limited to operate emergency cabotage service between the Manu'a Islands and Pago Pago in American Samoa. Polynesian has completed its telephone poll of all carriers served with its amended application and has been advised that no carrier objects to extension of its existing cabotage exemption authority for an additional ninety days. Further, with the exception of Village Aviation (which is transporting property and mail between the Manu'a Islands and Pago Pago), Polynesian is advised that no carrier served with its application is prepared to operate between the Manu'a Islands and Pago Pago.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-04-18365 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands 

Filed June 16, 2004 | Supplemented July 20, 2004 and August 18, 2004 | Issued September 22, 2004

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption from 49 U.S.C. section 40109(g) to permit the applicant to continue to carry persons and their accompanied baggage between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of 90 days beyond September 24,2004. (In its amendment the applicant states that it would not object to an initial extension of 30 days beyond September 24, with deferral on the remainder). The applicant asserts that no U.S. carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa passenger operations, and that the Government of American Samoa has requested it to continue its Pago Pago-Manu'a’a Islands’ passenger flights beyond September 24 to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By: Karan Bhatia


OST-04-19283 - Exemption - Apia-Pago Pago-Tonga

October 1, 2004

Application for an Exemption

Polynesian requests authority from the Department to engage in scheduled combination foreign air transportation between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and points in Tonga, in conjunction with Polynesian's Apia-Pago Pago-Tonga service. Polynesian intends to begin this service on November 1, 2004, utilizing de Havilland Dash 8-100 aircraft seating thirty-seven passengers. Service will be operated initially twice weekly on an Apia-Pago Pago-Tonga-Apia routing.

Polynesian currently operates frequent daily flights between (i) Apia, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa; and (ii) Maota, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa utilizing Twin Otter and Britten Norman Islander aircraft. Polynesian also provides scheduled service between Apia and Honolulu. These flights are operated weekly with Polynesian's B737‑800 aircraft and crews.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6870, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-04-19283 - Exemption - Apia-Pago Pago-Tonga

October 5, 2004

Re: Polling Letter

I am writing to notify the Department of Transportation that Polynesian Limited has completed its poll of persons served with the exemption application pending in the above-captioned docket. Polynesian has been advised that no carrier objects to approval of Polynesian's application.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6870, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-04-19283 - Apia-Pago Pago-Tonga

Filed October 1, 2004 | Issued October 15, 2004

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption from 49 USC section 41301 to permit the applicant to engage in the foreign air transportation of persons, property and mail, over the routing Apia-Pago Pago-Tonga, for a period of one year. (The applicant proposes to serve the Pago Pago-Tonga market only on flights that either originate or terminate in Apia.)

By: Paul Gretch


OST-04-18365 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands


October 25, 2004

Re: 30-Day Extension to Operate Cabotage Service

I am submitting this supplement on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request a thirty-day extension of Polynesian's authority to operate passenger cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manua'a Islands in American Samoa. Polynesian was initially granted authority in this docket to operate this service through July 26, and subsequent extensions were granted through September 24, 2004. Since Polynesian's authority will soon expire, it requires an extension to continue operations. Polynesian is the only carrier providing passenger service between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands and without the requested extension it will be required to cease operations, leaving American Samoa without much needed interisland passenger service. Other than Polynesian's services, no other air transportation between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands is available and passengers needing to travel between the islands, including those requiring medical care, will be stranded.

Polynesian further requests that the Department approve its deferred request to operate cargo cabotage authority between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands. Polynesian suspended cargo cabotage authority earlier this year when Village Aviation, a U.S. carrier, began cargo service. Village Aviation suspended cargo service on September 30, 2004, and has advised Polynesian it has no intention of resuming such service. To Polynesian's knowledge, no other carrier is available to conduct this service, which will consist of the transportation of, among other things, medicines, perishable items and other time-sensitive cargo that cannot be transported by sea.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


October 25, 2004

Re: Supplemental Polling Letter

I am writing in connection with Supplement One of Polynesian Limited to operate emergency cabotage service between the Manu'a Islands and Pago Pago in American Samoa. Polynesian has completed its poll of all carriers served with its supplement and has been advised that no carrier objects to extension of its existing cabotage exemption authority for an additional thirty days or to grant of its deferred request to operate cargo cabotage service for thirty days. Further, Polynesian is advised that no carrier served with its application is prepared to operate between the Manu'a Islands and Pago Pago.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


Issued October 25, 2004

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption from 49 U.S.C. section 40109(g) to permit the applicant to carry persons, property and mail, between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of 30 days beyond October 24, 2004. The applicant asserts that no U.S. carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa passenger or cargo operations (Village Aviation having suspended intra-island cargo service on September 30, 2004), and that American Samoan passengers and shippers need its proposed services to prevent strandings, and to carry medicines, perishable items and other time-sensitive cargo.

Taking into account the current record, including that no U.S. carrier currently conducts any intraAmerican Samoa passenger or cargo operations, we are granting Polynesian Limited's request to carry persons, property, and mail, within American Samoa, for a period of 30 days, that is, through November 23, 2004, or until five days after a U.S. carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger or cargo operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remainder of the applicant's request in this Docket, that is, to continue to conduct passenger and cargo operations beyond November 23, 2004, through December 23, 2004.

By: Paul Gretch


OST-04-18365 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a


November 22, 2004

Supplement No. 2 to Application for Emergency Exemption

I am submitting this supplement on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request a thirty-day extension of Polynesian's authority to operate cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manua'a Islands in American Samoa. Polynesian was initially granted authority in this docket to operate this service through July 26, and subsequent extensions were granted through November 23, 2004. Since Polynesian's authority will soon expire, it requires an extension to continue operations.

Polynesian is the only carrier providing passenger service between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands and without the requested extension it will be required to cease operations, leaving American Samoa without much needed interisland air service. Other than Polynesian's services, no other air transportation between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands is available and passengers needing transportation between the islands, including those passengers requiring medical care, will be stranded.

Polynesian further requests that the Department extend its authority to operate cargo cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands. Polynesian suspended cargo cabotage authority earlier this year when Village Aviation, a U.S. carrier, began cargo service. Village Aviation suspended all cargo service within American Samoa on September 30, 2004, departed American Samoa and has not returned. Other than Polynesian, no carrier provides cargo service between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands. Furthermore, to Polynesian's knowledge, no other carrier is available to conduct this service which consists of the transportation of, among other things, medicines, perishable items and other time-sensitive cargo that cannot be transported by sea.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


November 22, 2004

Re: Polling Letter

I am writing in connection with Supplement Two of Polynesian Limited to operate emergency cabotage service between the Manu'a Islands and Pago Pago in American Samoa. Polynesian has completed its poll of all carriers served with its supplement and has been advised that no carrier objects to extension of its existing cabotage exemption authority for an additional thirty days. Further, Polynesian is advised that no carrier served with its application is prepared to operate between the Manu'a Islands and Pago Pago.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-04-18365 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a

December 7, 2004

Amendment Two to Application for Emergency Exemption

Hereby requests an amendment to its existing emergency exemption that will permit Polynesian to continue to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa,' for a period of ninety days beyond December 23, 2004.

Polynesian is requesting grant of this authority for ninety days to avoid the need to file duplicative applications with the Department. Polynesian understands that any authority granted pursuant to this request will be subject to further review by the Department in the event a U.S. carrier resumes full passenger and/or cargo service between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands and that the Department's approvals would be valid for periods of no more than thirty days, with the remainder deferred.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-95-791 -Apia, Samoa, and Pago Pago, American Samoa, and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and Papeete, Tahiti
OST-95-806 - Apia and Honolulu, HI
OST-96-1687 - Apia and Los Angeles, CA
OST-98-3631 - Maota, Samoa, and Pago Pago
OST-01-9313 - Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, via Apia
OST-02-11657 - Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, via Apia
OST-04-19283 - Apia-Pago Pago-Tonga

January 5, 2005

Application for Renewal of Exemptions

Polynesian currently operates flights between (i) Apia, Samoa, and Pago Pago, American Samoa; and (ii) Maota, Samoa, and Pago Pago, American Samoa, utilizing Twin Otter or Britten Norman Islander aircraft. Polynesian also provides scheduled service between Apia and Honolulu with service to Tonga and Auckland, and operates flights between Apia and Tonga via Pago Pago. These flights are operated with Polynesian's B737‑800 aircraft and crews.

Polynesian is aware of the restrictions regarding the carriage of cabotage traffic and remains committed to preventing a recurrence of the difficulties experienced by its corporate predecessor in operating service to Honolulu and Los Angeles. Polynesian believes that the preventive measures instituted and emphasized in recent years have served as highly effective safeguards against the carriage of cabotage traffic. Polynesian intends to continue to employ these safeguards.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonely@ssd.com


OST-2005-20451 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

February 18, 2005

Application for an Emergency Exemption

Polynesian Limited hereby requests an emergency exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 40109(g) and 41703(c), permitting Polynesian to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa, for a period often days beginning February 18, 2005.

This request has been made necessary due to the recent devastation of the Manu'a Islands by Cyclone Olaf. The Government of American Samoa has asked to charter Polynesian's aircraft so that emergency relief supplies can be delivered to the Manu'a Islands and so that any necessary medical evacuations can take place. Polynesian is advised that the only other carrier in the vicinity, Inter Island Airways, removed its aircraft to Tonga to protect it from damage from the storm. Even when Inter Island's aircraft is returned to American Samoa, however, Polynesian understands Inter Island will not have sufficient capacity to relieve the immediate need for supplies and possible evacuations. The American Samoan Government has requested that Polynesian begin its relief flights today and, as a result, Polynesian requests immediate approval of this exemption application. Polynesian is polling the persons served with this application and will notify the Department of the results of its poll.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-2005-20451 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands


Filed and Issued February 18, 2005

Notice of Action Taken | Word

Exemption from 49 U.S.C. § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to carry persons, property and mail, between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of 10 days beginning February 18, 2005. The applicant asserts that the Government of American Samoa has, in the wake of Cyclone Olaf, asked to charter the applicant’s aircraft in order to deliver emergency relief supplies and conduct any necessary medical evacuations. The applicant further asserts that, in light of the critical need for service, the U.S. carrier currently serving American Samoa (Inter Island Airways) may lack the capacity to relieve the immediate need for relief and medical evacuations. Polynesian accompanied its application with a letter of support from the Governor of American Samoa.

By: Karan Bhatia


February 18, 2005

Re: Letter Confirming Inter Island Airways does not Object

By: Alex Sene, Jr.


OST-2005-20552 - Emergency Exemption - Manu'a Islands-Pago Pago

March 3, 2005

Application for an Emergency Exemption

Polynesian Limited hereby requests an emergency exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 40109(g) and 41703(c) confirming the Department of Transportation's March 2, 2005, oral approval of Polynesian's operation of one one-way medical evacuation flight from the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa, 1 to Pago Pago, American Samoa on March 2.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-95-791 - Apia, Samoa, and Pago Pago, American Samoa, and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and Papeete, Tahiti
OST-95-806 - Apia and Honolulu, HI
OST-96-1687 - Apia and Los Angeles, CA
OST-98-3631 - Maota, Samoa, and Pago Pago
OST-01-9313 - Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, via Apia
OST-02-11657 - Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, via Apia
OST-04-19283 - Apia-Pago Pago-Tonga

Filed January 5, 2005 | issued March 29, 2005

Notice of Action Taken | Word

(1) Renew exemptions from 49 U.S.C. § 41301 to conduct scheduled foreign air transportation of persons, property and mail between: (i) Apia, Samoa, and Pago Pago, American Samoa, and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and Papeete, Tahiti (OST-95-791); (ii) Apia and Honolulu, HI (OST-95-806); (iii) Apia and Los Angeles, CA (OST-96-1687); (iv) Maota, Samoa, and Pago Pago (OST-98-3631); (v) Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, via Apia (OST-2001-9313); (vi) Apia, Samoa, and Tonga, via Pago Pago, America Samoa (OST-2004-19283); and (2) Renew exemption from 49 U.S.C. § 41301 to conduct charter foreign air transportation of persons, property and mail pursuant to 14 CFR 212 of the Department’s regulations (OST-2002-11657).

By: Paul Gretch


OST-2002-12556

April 1, 2005

Re: Designation of Agent on OST Form 1010.5

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonely@ssd.com


OST-2005-21110 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

April 28, 2005

Application for Emergency Exemption

Polynesian will operate the emergency one‑way flight from Pago Pago to Manu'a during the period between April 27 and 29. The family members of the deceased are residents of American Samoa; the casket will be accompanied by up to six family members. Polynesian plans to operate the flight with its Twin Otter aircraft.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley II, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-2005-21110 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed April 27, 2005 | Confirmed in Writing April 28, 2005 | Issued June 3, 2005

Notice of Action Taken

Emergency exemption from 49 U.S.C. § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to operate one one‑way flight from Pago Pago, American Samoa, to the Manua Islands, American Samoa, during the period April 27, 2005, through April 29, 2005. The applicant stated that the Acting Governor of American Samoa and Congressman Faleomavaega of American Samoa requested that it transport the remains of a deceased Manu'a Island resident from Pago Pago to the Manu'a Islands, for interment. The applicant further stated that the only U.S. carrier serving the market (Inter Island Airways) is unable to provide this service. The applicant proposes to transport the deceased, the casket, and up to six family members of the deceased from Pago Pago to the Manu'a Islands.

By: Karan Bhatia


OST-1995-791 - Apia, Samoa, and Pago Pago, American Samoa, and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and Papeete, Tahiti
OST-1995-806 - Apia and Honolulu, HI
OST-1996-1687 - Apia and Los Angeles, CA
OST-1998-3631 - Maota, Samoa, and Pago Pago
OST-2001-9313 - Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, via Apia
OST-2002-11657 - Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, via Apia
OST-2004-19283 - Apia-Pago Pago-Tonga

March 26, 2007

Application for Renewal of Exemptions

Polynesian requests renewal of these exemptions for a two-year period on their existing terms and conditions. Polynesian currently operates flights between Apia, Samoa, and Pago Pago. American Samoa, utilizing aircraft from its fleet. Polynesian also provides scheduled service between Apia and Tonga via Pago Pago.

Polynesian's fleet consists of one Dash 8-100, one Twin Otter, Series 300, and one Britten-Norman Islander aircraft, all of which are registered in Samoa. Polynesian's operations are regulated by the Government of Samoa, which in turn utilizes under contract the safety and technical regulatory services of the New Zealand Ministry of Transport.

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840, cdonley@ssd.com


OST-1995-791 - Apia, Samoa, and Pago Pago, American Samoa, and beyond to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and Papeete, Tahiti
OST-1995-806 - Apia and Honolulu, HI
OST-1996-1687 - Apia and Los Angeles, CA
OST-1998-3631 - Maota, Samoa, and Pago Pago
OST-2001-9313 - Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, via Apia
OST-2002-11657 - Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, via Apia
OST-2004-19283 - Apia-Pago Pago-Tonga

April 9, 2007

Response of Inter Island Airways

Inter Island Airways, Inc. supports the request by Polynesian Limited for a renewal of exemptions from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 41301, and any other applicable statues and regulations of the Department of Transportation permitting Polynesian to perform schedule and charter flights for the following:

  1. The Independent State of Samoa is a party to the Multilateral Agreement of the Liberalization of International Air Transportation, broadening air transport services between the United States and Samoa. The routes are within the scope of the MALIAT and are open to U.S. Carriers.
  2. Polynesian is aware of the restrictions regarding the carriage of cabotage traffic and remains committed to preventing a recurrence of the difficulties it experienced by instituting preventive measures highly effective against the carriage of cabotage traffic.
  3. In regards to Docket OST-2004-19283, Inter Island Airways, Inc. requests the Department to revisit this Exemption once Inter Island Airways, Inc. serves this market.

Counsel: Inter Island, Alex Sene, 684-633-7002, alex@samoatelco.com



OST-2002-12556 - Designation of Agent for Service

August 29, 2011

Updated Address of Designated Agent

Counsel: Squire Sanders, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

August 25, 2014

Application for Emergency Exemption

Polynesian Limited hereby requests an emergency exemption that will permit Polynesian to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa,1 for a period of ninety days beginning September 1, 2014.

The Department of Transportation previously approved similar requests from Polynesian to operate between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands due to US carrier termination of service between these points. Today, Polynesian is the only carrier able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Polynesian provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands beginning September 1 to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Polynesian has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared to begin operations.

It is clear that no US carrier is able to provide Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, nor is one likely to be in a position to provide this service for several months. Inter Island Airways (which is a US carrier) had previously provided this service. However, Polynesian is advised IIA’s aircraft is out of service awaiting a replacement engine which will not arrive until sometime in October 2014. As a result, there is no air service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating a severe hardship for residents.

Polynesian will accept the conditions imposed by the Department in its September 22, 2004, Notice of Action Taken (OST-2004-18365) and subsequent notices, and would have no objection to grant of its authority for an initial thirty-day period, with deferral of the remainder.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

August 27, 2014

Response of Inter Island Airways

Inter Island Airways, Inc. does not object to the application by Polynesian Limited for an emergency and time-limited (90 days) exemption authorizing Polynesian to engage in air transportation of persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and regional airports Fitiuta Airport on the island of Ta’u and the Ofu Airport of the island of Ofu located in the Manu’a Islands of American Samoa.

Inter Island Airways, Inc. requests that it be granted an opportunity to comment should Polynesian file an extension beyond the time-limited (90 days) exemption it is currently seeking from the Department.

By: Alex Sene, 684-633-7002


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed August 25, 2014 | Issued August 28, 2014

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of 90 days beginning September 1, 2014. Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service awaiting a replacement engine which will not arrive until sometime in October 2014. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

We are granting Polynesian’s request to operate its proposed intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for a period of 30 days, that is, September 1, 2014, through September 30, 2014, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond September 30, 2014.

By: Susan Kurland



OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

September 23, 2014

Cabotage Extension Request

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through October 30, 2014, with deferral of the remainder. The circumstances described in Polynesian's initial application have not changed.

Polynesian's application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands route remains without US carrier service. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points and thus prevent severe hardship to American Samoa residents. Indeed, in addition to operating regular service Polynesian has been called upon to provide medical evacuation during the past thirty days. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

October 22, 2014

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation's Notice of Action Taken issued August 28, 2014, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through November 30, 2014.

The circumstances described in Polynesian's initial application have not changed. Polynesian's application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands route remains without US carrier service. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points and thus prevent severe hardship to American Samoa residents. Indeed, in addition to operating regular service Polynesian has been called upon to provide medical evacuation during the past thirty days. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed August 25, 2014 | Supplemented September 23 and October 22, 2014 | Issued October 28, 2014

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, beyond October 30, 2014, through November 30, 2014.

In its August 25 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service awaiting a replacement engine. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

By: Paul Gretch


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

November 17, 2014

Application for Exemption

Polynesian Limited hereby requests an exemption from the provisions of 49 USC 40109(g) and 41703(c) that will permit Polynesian to continue to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of ninety days beginning December 1, 2014.

The Department of Transportation previously approved similar requests from Polynesian to operate between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands due to US carrier termination of service between these points. Most recently, the Department approved on August 28, 2014, an exemption permitting Polynesian to provide cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands for up to ninety days.

Despite the passage of ninety days since approval of Polynesian’s last exemption request, Polynesian is still the only carrier able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Polynesian continue to provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands beginning December 1 to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Polynesian has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared to continue operations.

No US carrier is able to provide Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, nor is one likely to be in a position to provide this service in the near future. Inter Island Airways (which is a US carrier) previously provided this service. However, Polynesian understands IIA’s aircraft remains out of service awaiting a replacement engine. Although Polynesian believed the engine would arrive in October 2014, Polynesian now understands it has not arrived and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. As a result, there is no US carrier air service—or any service, other than that operated by Polynesian—between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands.

Polynesian will accept the conditions imposed by the Department in its August 28, 2014, Notice of Action Taken in continuing Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, and has no objection to grant of its authority for an initial thirty-day period, with deferral of the remainder.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed November 17, 2014 | Issued November 26, 2014

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of 90 days beginning December 1, 2014. Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service awaiting a replacement engine which was supposed to arrive in October 2014, but did not, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

December 17, 2014

Thirty-Day Extension Request

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued November 26, 2014, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through January 30, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s initial application have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route remains without US carrier service. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points and thus prevent severe hardship to American Samoa residents. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed November 17, 2014 | Supplemented December 17, 2014 | issued December 30, 2014

Notice of Action Taken

In its November 17, 2014 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc. , a U.S. carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft remains out of service awaiting a replacement engine. Polynesian further states that it initially believed IIA would receive the engine in October 2014 but understands the engine has not arrived and it is unclear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a U.S. carrier can resume operations.

By letter dated December 17, 2014, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without U.S. carrier service.

Taking into account the current record, including that no U.S. carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, December 31, 2014, through January 29, 2015, or until five days after a U.S. carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond January 29, 2015.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

January 16, 2015

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through February 28, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s initial application have not changed and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route remains without US carrier service. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents. During November/December, Polynesian performed several medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and also transported more than one hundred passengers, government employees and engineers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed November 14, 2014 | Supplemented December 17, 2014 and January 16, 2015 | Issued January 28, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

Taking into account the current record, including that no US carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, January 30, 2015, through February 28, 2015, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

February 5, 2015

Application for Exemption

Polynesian Limited hereby requests an exemption from the provisions of 49 USC 40109(g) and 41703(c) that will permit Polynesian to continue to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of six months beginning March 1, 2015.

Despite the passage of ninety days since approval of Polynesian’s last exemption request, Polynesian remains the only carrier able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Polynesian continue to provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands beginning March 1 to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Polynesian has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared to continue operations.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 5, 2015 | Issued February 26, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

On August 25, 2014, Polynesian filed an initial application in this Docket for exemption authority to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 90-day period (that is September 1 through November 30, 2014). We subsequently granted its request in three 30-day increments by actions taken on August 28, 2014; September 25, 2014; and October 28, 2014. On November 17, 2014, Polynesian filed a second application in this Docket for exemption authority to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 90-day period (that is December 1, 2014 through March 1, 2015). We subsequently granted its request in three 30-day increments by actions taken on November 26, 2014; December 30, 2014; and January 28, 2015.

We are granting Polynesian’s request to operate its proposed intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for a period of 30 days, that is, March 1, 2015, through March 30, 2015, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond March 30, 2015.

The absence of US carrier passenger service while IIA’s aircraft is out of service, constitutes an emergency created by unusual circumstances not arising in the normal course of business. Based on the record in this proceeding, we concluded that no US carrier had aircraft available that could be used to conduct the operations at issue here. We also found that grant of this authority would prevent unreasonable hardship to the residents of American Samoa.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

March 13, 2015

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through April 30, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s application have not changed and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route remains without US carrier service. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents. During the past several months Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and also transported hundreds of passengers, government employees and engineers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 5, 2015 | Supplemented March 13, 2015 | Issued March 26, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

In its February 5, 2015 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft remains out of service awaiting a replacement engine. Polynesian further states that it initially believed IIA would receive the engine in October 2014 but understands the engine has not arrived and it is unclear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

Taking into account the current record, including that no US carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, March 31, 2015, through April 29, 2015, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond April 29, 2015.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

April 10, 2015

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through May 30, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s application have not changed and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route remains without US carrier service. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents. During the past several months Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and also transported a large number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 5, 2015 | Supplemented March 13 and April 10, 2015 | Issued April 24, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond April 29, 2015.

Taking into account the current record, including that no US carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, April 30, 2015, through May 29, 2015, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond May 29, 2015.

By: Paul Gretch


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

May 12, 2015

Request for Additional Thirty-Day Extension

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued February 26, 2015, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through June 30, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s application have not changed and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route remains without US carrier service. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents. During the past several months Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and also transported a large number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 5, 2015 | Supplemented March 13, April 10 and May 12, 2015 | Issued May 27, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond May 29, 2015.

Previous awards: On February 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is March 1 through March 30, 2015), and deferred action on the balance of its February 5, 2015, request to operate for a six-month period beginning March 1, 2015. On March 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is March 31 through April 29, 2015). On April 24, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is April 30 through May 29, 2015).

In its February 5, 2015 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft remains out of service and it is unclear when the aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a U.S. carrier can resume operations.

Present Supplemental submission: By letter dated May 12, 2015, Polynesian further requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without U.S. carrier service.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

June 15, 2015

Request for 30-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through July 29, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s application have not changed; Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service, and Polynesian remains as the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents. Since cabotage operations began, Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and also transported a large number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Squire Patton Boggs, Charles Donley, 202-626-6840


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 5, 2015 | Supplemented March 13, April 10, May 12 and June 15, 2015 | Issued June 25, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

On February 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is March 1 through March 30, 2015), and deferred action on the balance of its February 5, 2015, request to operate for a six-month period beginning March 1, 2015. On March 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is March 31 through April 29, 2015). On April 24, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is April 30 through May 29, 2015). On May 27, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is May 30 through June 28, 2015).

In its February 5, 2015 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft remains out of service and it is unclear when the aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

Taking into account the current record, including that no US carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, June 29, 2015, through July 28, 2015, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond July 28, 2015.

We found that this action met all the relevant criteria of 49 USC § 40109(g) for the grant of an exemption of this type, for a period of 30 days, and that the continued grant of this authority was required in the public interest. The absence of US carrier passenger service while IIA’s aircraft is out of service continues to constitute an emergency created by unusual circumstances not arising in the normal course of business. Based on the record in this proceeding, we concluded that no US carrier had aircraft available that could be used to conduct the operations at issue here. We also found that grant of this authority would prevent unreasonable hardship to the residents of American Samoa. Finally, we found that the applicant was qualified to perform its proposed operations.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

July 14, 2015

Re: Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued February 26, 2015, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through August 27, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s application have not changed; Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without U.S. carrier service, and Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). Since cabotage operations began, Polynesian has performed several medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and also transported a significant number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448



OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 5, 2015 | Supplemented March 13, April 10, May 12, June 15 and July 14, 2015 | Issued July 27, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

On February 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is March 1 through March 30, 2015), and deferred action on the balance of its February 5, 2015, request to operate for a six-month period beginning March 1, 2015. On March 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is March 31 through April 29, 2015). On April 24, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is April 30 through May 29, 2015). On May 27, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is May 30 through June 28, 2015). On June 25, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is June 29 through July 28, 2015).

In its February 5, 2015 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft remains out of service and it is unclear when the aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

Taking into account the current record, including that no US carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, July 29, 2015, through August 27, 2015, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

August 12, 2015

Application for Exemption

Polynesian Limited hereby requests an exemption that will permit Polynesian to continue to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of six months beginning August 28, 2015.

The Department of Transportation previously approved similar requests from Polynesian to operate between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands due to US carrier termination of service between these points. Most recently, the Department approved on February 26, 2015, an exemption permitting Polynesian to provide cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands for up to six months (with individual thirty-day grants).

The need for Polynesian’s emergency cabotage service has not abated. Polynesian remains the only carrier able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Polynesian continue to provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands beginning August 28, 2015, to prevent American Samoa residents from being left entirely without air service. Polynesian has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared to continue operations.

No US carrier is able to provide Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, nor is one likely to be in a position to provide this service in the near future. Inter Island Airways (which is a US carrier) previously provided this service. However, Polynesian understands IIA’s aircraft still remains out of service and it is not clear when repairs will be completed on IIA’s aircraft. As a result, there is no US carrier air service—or any air service, other than that operated by Polynesian—between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

September 14, 2015

Request for Additional 30-Day Extension of Cabotage

Polynesian requests approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through October 26, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s application have not changed; Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service, and Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). Since cabotage operations began, Polynesian has performed several medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and also transported a significant number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed August 12, 2015 | Supplemented September 14, 2015 | Issued October 1, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond September 26, 2015.

By letter dated September 14, 2015, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

October 2, 2015

Request for Extension

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through November 25, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s August 12, 2015, application (and supplements) have not changed; Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). Since cabotage operations began, Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and it continuesto transport a significant number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is aclear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed August 12, 2015 | Supplemented September 14 and October 2, 2015 | Issued October 23, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

On August 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is August 28 through September 26, 2015), and deferred action on the balance of its August 12, 2015, request to operate for a six-month period beginning August 28, 2015. On October 1, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is September 27 through October 26, 2015).

In its August 12, 2015 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

By letter dated October 2, 2015, Polynesian further requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

November 3, 2015

Request for Extension of Cabotage

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued October 23, 2015, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through December 25, 2015.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s August 12, 2015, application (and supplements) have not changed; Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without U.S. carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). Since cabotage operations began, Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and it continues to transport a significant number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed August 12, 2015 | Supplemented September 14, October 2 and November 3, 2015 | Issued November 20, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond November 25, 2015.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

December 4, 2015

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through January 24, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s August 12, 2015, application (and supplements) have not changed; Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). Since cabotage operations began, Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and it continues to transport a significant number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days, particularly as the holiday season approaches. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed August 12, 2015 | Supplemented September 14, October 2, November 3 and December 4, 2015 | Issued December 22, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond December 25, 2015.

On August 26, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is August 28 through September 26, 2015), and deferred action on the balance of its August 12, 2015, request to operate for a six-month period beginning August 28, 2015. On October 1, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is September 27 through October 26, 2015). On October 23, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is October 27 through November 25, 2015). On November 20, 2015, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is November 26 through December 25, 2015).

In its August 12, 2015 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian included in its application a letter from the Governor of American Samoa specifically supporting the request of Polynesian for an exemption until such time that a US carrier can resume operations.

By letter dated December 4, 2015, Polynesian further requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

January 4, 2016

Request for Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through February 23, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s August 12, 2015, application (and supplements) have not changed; Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). Since cabotage operations began, Polynesian has performed medical evacuations from the Manu’a Islands and it continues to transport a significant number of passengers between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, including government employees and engineers. There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days, particularly as the holiday season approaches. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448




OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed August 12, 2015 | Supplemented September 14, October 2, November 3, December 4, 2015 and January 4, 2016 | Issued January 20, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

By letter dated January 4, 2016, Polynesian further requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Susan Kurland




OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

February 3, 2016

Application for Exemption

Polynesian Limited hereby requests an exemption from the provisions of 49 USC 40109(g) and 41703(c) that will permit Polynesian to continue to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 24, 2016.

The Department of Transportation previously approved numerous similar requests from Polynesian to operate between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands due to US carrier termination of service between these points. Most recently, the Department approved on August 26, 2015, an exemption permitting Polynesian to provide cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands for up to six months, in increments of thirty days.

Despite the passage of six months since approval of Polynesian’s last exemption request, Polynesian today remains the only carrier able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Polynesian continue to provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Polynesian has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared and willing to continue operations.

No US carrier is able to provide Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, nor is one likely to be in a position to provide this service in the near future. Inter Island Airways previously provided this service. However, Polynesian understands IIA’s aircraft still remains out of service and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. As a result, there is no US carrier air service—or any air service,
other than that operated by Polynesian—between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands.

Polynesian will accept the conditions imposed by the Department in its November 26, 2014, August 28, 2014 and August 26, 2015, Notices of Action Taken in continuing Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, and has no objection to grant of its authority for an initial thirty-day period, with deferral of the remainder.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448



OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 3, 2016 | Issued February 22, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 24, 2016. Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Polynesian for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

March 9, 2016

Request for Cabotage Extension

Polynesian requests approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through April 23, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application have not changed, and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days, particularly as the holiday season approaches. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, 2016 | Issued March 24, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

On February 22, 2016, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is February 24 through March 24, 2016), and deferred action on the balance of its February 3, 2016, request to operate for a twelve-month period beginning February 24, 2016.

In its February 3, 2016 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Polynesian for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By letter dated March 9, 2016, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Susan Kurland




OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

April 4, 2016

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued March 24, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through May 23, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed, and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days, particularly as the holiday season approaches. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448



OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9 and April 4, 2016 | Issued April 22, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

On February 22, 2016, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is February 24 through March 24, 2016), and deferred action on the balance of its February 3, 2016, request to operate for a twelve-month period beginning February 24, 2016. On March 24, 2016, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for an additional 30-day period (that is March 25 through April 23, 2016).

In its February 3, 2016 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Polynesian for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By letter dated April 4, 2016, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service

By: Susan McDermott


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

May 2, 2016

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued April 22, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond May 23, 2016, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through June 22, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed, and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days, particularly as the holiday season approaches. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands


Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4 and May 2, 2016 | Issued May 20, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

By letter dated May 2, 2016, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Jenny Rosenberg





May 26, 2016

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued May 20, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond June 22, 2016, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through July 22, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed, and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448




OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2 and May 26, 2016 | Issued June 21, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

By letter dated May 26, 2016, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

Taking into account the current record, including that no US carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, June 23, 2016, through July 22, 2016, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond July 22, 2016.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

June 28, 2016

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued June 21, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond July 22, 2016, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through August 21, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed, and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448




OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2, May 26 and June 28, 2016 | Issued July 20, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond July 22, 2016.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Augsut 2, 2016

Request for Additional Extension

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued July 20, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond August 21, 2016, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through September 20, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed, and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2, May 26, June 28 and August 2, 2016 | Issued August 18, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

By letter dated August 2, 2016, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

August 29, 2016

Request for Additional Extension

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued August 18, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond September 20, 2016 between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through October 20, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed, and Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide much needed transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2, May 26, June 28, August 2 and August 29, 2016 | Issued September 16, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

By letter dated August 29, 2016, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

September 28, 2016

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued September 16, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond October 20, 2016, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through November 19, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route continues to be without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2, May 26, June 28, August 2, August 29 and September 28, 2016 | Issued October 18, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond October 20, 2016.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

October 28, 2016

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond November 19, 2016, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through December 19, 2016.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and is likely to remain so indefinitely. Polynesian is the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the island by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2, May 26, June 28, August 2, August 29, September 28 and October 28, 2016 | Issued November 17, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond November 19, 2016.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

November 22, 2016

Request for Thirty-Day Extension

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued November 17, 2016, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond December 19, 2016, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through January 18, 2017.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s February 3, 2016, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. Despite the passage of time, the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond December 19. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2, May 26, June 28, August 2, August 29, September 28, October 28 and November 22, 2016 | Issued December 16, 2016

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond December 19, 2016.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

December 27, 2016

Request for Extension

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond January 18, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through February 17, 2017.

The Department approved Polynesian’s exemption application on February 22, 2016, for a thirty-day period, and deferred action on the remainder of Polynesian’s twelve-month request. Since February 22, the Department has approved additional thirty-day exemptions without interruption.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 3, 2016 | Supplemented March 9, April 4, May 2, May 26, June 28, August 2, August 29, September 28, October 28, November 22 and December 27, 2016 | Issued January 13, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond January 18, 2017.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

January 26, 2017

Application for Exemption

Polynesian Limited hereby requests an exemption from the provisions of 49 USC 40109(g) and 41703(c) permitting Polynesian to continue to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 18, 2017.

The Department of Transportation previously approved numerous similar requests from Polynesian to operate between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands due to US carrier termination of service between these points. Most recently, the Department approved on January 13, 2017, a thirty-day exemption permitting Polynesian to provide cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands.

Polynesian remains the only carrier willing and able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Polynesian continue to provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Polynesian has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared and willing to continue operations.

No US carrier is able to provide Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, nor is one likely to be in a position to provide this service in the near future. Inter Island Airways (which is a US carrier) previously provided this service. However, Polynesian understands IIA’s aircraft still remains out of service and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. As a result, there is no US carrier air service—or any air service, other than that operated by Polynesian—between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands.

Polynesian will accept the conditions imposed by the Department in its February 22, 2016, and subsequent Notices of Action Taken in continuing Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service, and has no objection to grant of its authority for an initial thirty-day period, with deferral of the remainder.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

January 26, 2017

Support Letter of Governor of American Samoa

The American Samoa kindly requests a Department of Transportation extension of the exemption to Polynesian Airlines to continue to engage in cabotage operations in American Samoa due to the continued absence of US carriers servicing the outer islands of the Territory. The extension of the exemption facilitates the continued provisioning of assistance to mitigate emergency circumstances caused by the lack of service and ultimately remedy the undue hardship to those affected.

Accordingly, I support the granting of the extension of the cabotage exemption to the foreign air carrier Polynesian Airline of Samoa until such a time a US carrier can resume operations. Polynesian Airlines currently holds DOT authority, and is currently servicing the air transportation needs of the residents of the Manu'a Islands.

By: Lolo Moliga


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed January 26, 2017 | Issued February 16, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 18, 2017. Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Polynesian for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

Polynesian states that it has no objection to grant of its authority for an initial 30-day period, with deferral of the remainder of the duration of its request.

By: Susan McDermott


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

February 27, 2017

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond March 19, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through April 18, 2017.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. Despite the passage of time, the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond March 19, 2017. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 27, 2017
Issued March 17, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Taking into account the current record, including that no U.S. carrier currently conducts any intra-American Samoa operations, we are granting Polynesian’s request to continue its intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for an additional period of 30 days, that is, March 20, 2017, through April 18, 2017, or until five days after a U.S. carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Polynesian’s application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond April 18, 2017.

By: Susan McDermott


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

March 27, 2017

Request for Thirty-Day Extension

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued March 17, 2017, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond April 18, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through May 18, 2017.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. Despite the passage of time, the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond April 18, 2017. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27 and March 27, 2017 | Issued April 18, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond April 18, 2017.

On February 16, 2017, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is February 18 through March 19, 2017), and deferred action on the balance of its January 26, 2017, request to operate for a twelve-month period beginning February 18, 2017. On March 17, 2017, we granted Polynesian authority in this Docket to serve the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route for a 30-day period (that is March 20 through April 18, 2017).

In its January 26, 2017 application, Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Polynesian for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By letter dated March 27, 2017, Polynesian specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Polynesian states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Susan McDermott


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

April 27, 2017

Requet for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. Despite the passage of time, the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond May 18, 2017. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27 and April 27, 2017 | Issued May 18, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond May 18, 2017.

In its January 26, 2017 application, Polynesian states that there is currently no US carrier service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. Polynesian further states that no US carrier is likely to be in a position to provide this service in the near future. In this regard, Polynesian states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Polynesian for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By: Susan McDermott


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

May 26, 2017

Request for Extension of Cabotage

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued May 18, 2017, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond June 17, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through July 17, 2017.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. Despite the passage of time, the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond June 17, 2017. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448




OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27, April 27 and May 26, 2017 | Issued June 15, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond June 17, 2017.

We note that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service, but that on April 20, 2017, with three years having elapsed since IIA last conducted commuter operations, the Department revoked IIA’s commuter air carrier authorization for reason of dormancy. See Order 2017-4-18, Docket OST-2007-26807.

By: Susan McDermott



OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

June 23, 2017

Request for Thirty-Day Extension

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond July 17, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through August 16, 2017.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence have not changed. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. Despite the passage of time, the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond July 17, 2017. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27, April 27, May 26 and June 23, 2017 | Issued July 14, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond July 18, 2017.

By: Susan McDermott


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

July 28, 2017

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond August 16, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through September 15, 2017.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond August 16, 2017. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27, April 27, May 26, June 23 and July 28, 2017 | Issued August 14, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond August 16, 2017.

We note that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service, but that on April 20, 2017, with three years having elapsed since IIA last conducted commuter operations, the Department revoked IIA’s commuter air carrier authorization for reason of dormancy. See Order 2017-4-18, Docket OST-2007-26807.

By: Susan McDermott


 

August 18, 2017

Registration of Trade Name

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited to notify the Department of Transportation that it will begin use of the trade name Samoa Airways effective September 1, 2017. Use of this trade name will not result in confusion among the traveling and shipping public.

A newly-executed OST Form 4523 reflecting the new trade name has been filed in Docket OST-1995-236 and is enclosed with this letter.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448




OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

August 22, 2017

Request for Thirty-Day Extension

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued August 14, 2017, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond September 15, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Polynesian requests approval of cabotage operations through October 15, 2017.

The circumstances described in Polynesian’s January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change. Polynesian’s application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Polynesian remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond September 15, 2017. Polynesian’s Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for Polynesian’s service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

August 31, 2017

Confirmation of Registration of Trade Name

By letter to the Department dated August 18, 2017, Polynesian Limited, a foreign air carrier of Samoa, requested under Part 215 of our regulations to register the additional trade name "Samoa Airways."

Pursuant to Part 215 of our rules, we compared the proposed names with our list of names used by existing certificated, commuter, and foreign air carriers and with those applicants seeking new authority. We have completed our review and determined that no similarly named carrier(s) need be served.

This letter acknowledges the registration of the new additional trade name as outlined above under 14 CFR Part 215, and shall constitute the notice thereof under section 215.6 of our regulations.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27, April 27, May 26, June 23, July 28 and August 22, 2017 | Issued September 14, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond September 15, 2017.

On August 31, 2017, the Department acknowledged the registration on the new additional trade name “Samoa Airways” under 14 CFR Part 215.

By: Susan McDermott




OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

September 22, 2017

Request for Extension of Cabotage

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond October 15, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through November 14, 2017.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

October 17, 2017

Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond November 14, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through December 14, 2017.

The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change. Samoa Airways’ application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Samoa Airways remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond November 14, 2017. Samoa Airways’ Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for the service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27, April 27, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 22, September and October 17, 2017 | Issued November 9, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

By letter dated October 17, 2017, Samoa Airways specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Samoa Airways states that the circumstances described in its initial application have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’s Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Susan McDermott


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

November 22, 2017

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued November 9, 2017, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond December 14, 2017, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through January 13, 2018.

The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change. Samoa Airways’ application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Samoa Airways remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond December 14, 2017. Samoa Airways’ Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for the service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27, April 27, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 22, September 22, October 17 and November 22, 2017 | Issued December 13, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond December 14, 2017.

By: Susan McDermott


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

December 22, 2017

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued December 13, 2017, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond January 13, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through February 12, 2018.

The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ January 26, 2017, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change. Samoa Airways’ application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without U.S. carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Samoa Airways remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond January 13, 2017. Samoa Airways’ Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also supported by the American Samoa government, which has previously submitted letters confirming the need for the service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed January 26, 2017 | Supplemented February 27, March 27, April 27, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 22, September 22, October 17, November 22 and December 22, 2017 | Issued January 9, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond January 13, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

February 6, 2018

Application for Renewal of Exemption

Samoa Airways remains the only carrier willing and able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Samoa Airways continue to provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Samoa Airways has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared and willing to continue operations.

Samoa Airways currently operates from its hub, Fagalii Airport in Apia, to Pago Pago in American Samoa and operates on-demand charter services to Maota and Asau Samoa domestic airstrips on the big island of Savaii as well as to other neighboring island countries such as Tonga and Niue utilizing Twin Otter aircraft. Samoa Airways’ fitness and ability to carry out the proposed flight are amply demonstrated through its regular flight operations.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 6, 2018 | Issued February 12, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 13, 2018. Samoa Airways states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, Samoa Airways understands that IIA has ceased service. Samoa Airways asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Samoa Airways states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Samoa Airways for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

We are granting Samoa Airways’ request to operate its proposed intra-American Samoa services, using its 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft, for a period of 30 days, that is, February 13, 2018, through March 14, 2018, or until five days after a US carrier initiates intra-American Samoa passenger operations, whichever occurs first. We are deferring action on the remaining portion of Samoa Airways’ application, that is, its request for authority to operate beyond March 14, 2018.

We note that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service, but that on April 20, 2017, with three years having elapsed since IIA last conducted commuter operations, the Department revoked IIA’s commuter air carrier authorization for reason of dormancy. See Order 2017-4-18, Docket OST-2007-26807.

By: Joel Szabat


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

February 16, 2018

Re: Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond March 14, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through April 13, 2018.

The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ February 6, 2018, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change. Samoa Airways’ application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Samoa Airways remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service for an additional thirty days beyond March 14, 2018. Samoa Airways’ Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also fully supported by the American Samoa government, which has submitted letters confirming the need for the service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448




OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16, 2018 | Issued March 14, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond March 14, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

March 23, 2018

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond April 13, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through May 13, 2018.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448

 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16 and March 23, 2018 | Issued April 13, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond April 13, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat





OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

April 18, 2018

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond May 13, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through June 12, 2018. The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ February 6, 2018, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448

 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16, March 23 and April 18, 2018 | Issued May 11, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond May 13, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

May 22, 2018

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued May 11, 2018, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond June 12, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through July 12, 2018.

The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ February 6, 2018, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16, March 23, April 18 and May 22, 2018 | Issued June 11, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

In its February 6, 2018 application, Samoa Airways states that there is currently no US carrier service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. Samoa Airways further states that no US carrier is likely to be in a position to provide this service in the near future.3 In this regard, Samoa Airways states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Samoa Airways for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By letter dated May 22, 2018, Samoa Airways specifically requested that the Department extend its authority for an additional 30 days. Samoa Airways states that the circumstances described in its initial application and subsequent correspondence have not changed, that it continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC § 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption, and that the Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route remains without US carrier service.

By: Joel Szabat


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16, March 23, April 18, May 22 and June 25, 2018 | Issued July 11, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond July 12, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

July 23, 2018

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued July 11, 2018, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond August 11, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through September 10, 2018.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed July 23, 2018 | Issued August 9, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond August 11, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

August 20, 2018

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond September 10, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through October 10, 2018.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Issued September 7, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond September 10, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat





OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

September 20, 2018

Request for Thirty-Day Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken issued September 7, 2018, in the captioned docket, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of an additional thirty days of cabotage operations beyond October 10, 2018, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa. Samoa Airways requests approval of cabotage operations through November 9, 2018.

The Department approved Samoa Airways’ exemption application on February 12, 2018, for a thirty-day period, and deferred action on the remainder of Samoa Airways’ twelve-month request.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448

 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16, March 23, April 18, May 22, June 25, July 23, August 20 and September 20, 2018 | Issued October 9, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for 30 days beyond October 10, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat




OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

October 22, 2018

Request for Extension of Cabotage Operations

am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of additional cabotage operations through February 11, 2019, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ February 6, 2018, exemption application and subsequent correspondence continue without change.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448

 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed February 6, 2018 | Supplemented February 16, March 23, April 18, May 22, June 25, July 23, August 20, September 20 and October 22, 2018 | Issued November 8, 2018

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, through February 11, 2019.

By: Joel Szabat


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

January 18, 2019

Application for Renewal of Exemption

Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways hereby applies for renewal of exemption authority permitting Samoa Airways to continue to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 12, 2019. Without renewal of this exemption, Samoa Airways will be forced to suspend all service linking the Manu’a Islands with Pago Pago.

Most recently, the Department approved on November 8, 2018, an exemption of 94 days (representing the balance remaining on Samoa Airway’s February 2018 exemption application) permitting Samoa Airways to continue to provide cabotage service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands.

Samoa Airways remains the only carrier willing and able to transport passengers and cargo between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. The Government of American Samoa has requested that Samoa Airways continue to provide emergency service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands to prevent American Samoan residents from being left without air service. Samoa Airways has agreed to the American Samoan Government’s request, and is prepared and willing to continue operations.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448

 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed January 18, 2019 | Issued February 8, 2019

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 12, 2019. Samoa Airways states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, Samoa Airways points out that IIA has ceased service. Samoa Airways asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Samoa Airways states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Samoa Airways for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

By: Joel Szabat




OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

July 12, 2019

Request for Extension of Cabotage Operations

In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Action Taken dated February 8, 2019, in the captioned docket, and the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, I am writing on behalf of Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways to request approval of additional cabotage operations through February 11, 2020, between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands.

The circumstances described in Samoa Airways’ February 8, 2019, exemption application continue without change. Samoa Airways’ application continues to meet the requirements of 49 USC 40109(g) for grant of an emergency cabotage exemption. The Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands route is still without US carrier service and there is no indication this will change. Samoa Airways remains the only air carrier able to provide transportation between the two points, thus preventing severe hardship to American Samoa residents (who would otherwise be required to travel between the islands by boat). There is a clear need for continued cabotage service through February 11, 2020. Samoa Airways’ Pago Pago-Manu’a Islands service is also fully supported by the American Samoa government, which has submitted letters confirming the need for the service.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Field January 18, 2019 | Supplemented July 12, 2019

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for cabotage operations for an additional 180 days, i.e., through February 7, 2020.

By: Joel Szabat


 

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

August 8, 2019

Extension Request of Samoa Airways

Polynesian Limited d/b/a Samoa Airways hereby confirms that it requests extension of its current cabotage approval through February 7, 2020.

Counsel: Pillsbury Law, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448

 

 

 

 

 

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