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Samoa Airline's pay-by-weight fares take off with passengers

Published on Dec 11, 2013 12:35 PM

WELLINGTON (AFP) - The head of a tiny Pacific airline that pioneered a fare system based on passengers' weight said on Wednesday the move had been so successful the carrier is upgrading its fleet.

Samoa Air introduced its world-first system late last year, when it began charging passengers fares based on how much they weigh, rather than a set price for each seat.

The rates range from about US$1 (S$1.25) a kilogramme on the airline's shortest domestic route to about US$4.16 per kilogramme.

Chief executive Chris Langton said the charge had proved popular over the first 12 months as it meant cheaper fares for most passengers.

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