If that plane above is the only size in Samoa Air’s fleet, I can agree with their new air fare system. Imagine if you have about seven 400 pound Samoans on that tiny ass plane. No bueno.
Samoa Airline become the first airline in the world to charge passengers by weight. According to Samoa Air’s website:
We at Samoa Air are keeping airfares fair, by charging our passengers only for what they weigh. You are the master of your Air’fair’, you decide how much (or little) your ticket will cost. No more exorbitant excess baggage fee’s [sic], or being charged for baggage you may not carry. Your weight plus your baggage items, is what you pay for. Simple.
Chief Executive, Chris Langton, told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat families have benefited the most.
“People who have been most pleasantly surprised are families, because we don’t charge on the seat requirement even though a child is required to have a seat, we just weigh them,” he said.
Samoa Air started flying within Samoa in 2012 and has expanded to now connect a number of Pacific island nations.
The “pay by weight” booking system requires passengers to type in their weight on the airline’s online reservation system where their fare is calculated.
Rates range from $1 a kilogram on the airline’s shortest domestic route to about $4.16 per kilogram for travel from Samoa to American Samoa.