Samoa Air’s pay-by-weight air fare experiment has been a “huge success”, according to the airline.
Earlier in the year, Samoa Air announced it would begin charging customers for their air fare using their combined body and luggage weight.
Since starting the system, the airline’s chief executive Chris Langton said that customer feedback during this first year has been positive. As a result the airline will continue to reduce the number of seats in aircraft to better suit the pay-by-weight system.
He told Australian journalists that the next aircraft will reduce the number of seats from 14 to just 9 in order to accommodate larger passengers who will pay more for their flights.
However, he still insisted that the system is better for passengers: “We find that generally speaking if you look at any operation anywhere between any destination worldwide, a person that comes in at about 120 kilos or less will always be better off to travel on a pay-by-weight system.”
Samoa Air currently serves Samoa and the Cook Islands.