VIDEO: CNMI Report – Saipan Air Launch Postponed, Indefinitely

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Guam – The indefinite postponement of Saipan Air’s operations has prompted the Marianas Visitors Authority to recall all local and off-island events related to the carrier’s aborted launch next month.

Among the cancelled events, the Saipan Tribune reports, are activities lined up for the supposed inaugural flight on Sunday, July 1, in Japan where MVA prepared a ceremony for dignitaries and passengers of the maiden flight.

Saipan Air last Monday said it was suspending its operation until further notice, citing issues beyond its control as factors behind the decision.

It also bared plans to file a lawsuit against Swift Air, the company that was supposed to provide the aircraft for its operations.

Saipan Air had planned to introduce flights from key cities in Japan and China. It initially wanted to offer daily flights to Narita, Japan and four times a week to Beijing, China.

The new carrier, touted as the CNMI’s first flag carrier, was seeking to gain back the Japanese traffic the islands lost after Japan Airlines pulled out in October 2005.