Airline Introduces Extra-Large Class

  • A Samoa Air plane touching down.

    A Samoa Air plane touching down.

  • Savaii, the largest and high elevation of the Samoan islands.

    Savaii, the largest and high elevation of the Samoan islands.

  • Up in the air in Samoa.

    Up in the air in Samoa.

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Samoa Air, the only airline in the world to have “pay by weight” tickets, has introduced an extra-large class with roomier seats for overweight passengers. Samoa Air is the national carrier of the Samoan islands, a nation with one of the world’s highest rates of obesity. The new row of seats will accomodate passengers over 130 kilograms. The new seating rows will be extended by 35 centimetres and are likely to be implemented within the next week.

Samoa Air’s existing ticketing system made waves when the airline announced passengers would pay per kilo on all flights in April. Passengers can name their weight and baggage weight in an initial booking phases but are then weighed again at the airport by staff. Price per kilo varies by route but fares are as low as US$1 per kilogram.

The airline claims their ticketing system is the “fairest” way of charging passengers because you are only paying for the fuel used for your transit. No other airlines in the world have adopted the same system, though there are rumbles of making obese passengers pay for extra space or instituting an airline “fat tax.”

Visit samoaair.ws for more information.

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