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PRESS RELEASE

Real Tonga adds Extra Capacity

Real Tonga announced that effective today, Monday 13th April, it is introducing a series of
Charter Flights between Tongatapu & Vava’u.

The services are to be operated on the Fiji Airways ATR72-600 aircraft which has 68 seats on board and Real Tonga says that as demand begins its seasonal increase, the ATR service is being introduced to provide a replacement for the MA60, the lease of which was cancelled by Government in February this year.

Real Tonga’s Chief Executive, Tevita Palu said…”Since the termination of the MA60 lease, our customers have not received the best service available as the airline has been limited to just two smaller aircraft. The ATR72-600 is a great option as it is state of the art technology and it provides us with an opportunity to evaluate the aircraft operation with a view to
develop regional services in the near future. More importantly, the larger number of seats will enable the airline to implement a greater mix of fares, so that we can continue to offer the lowest fares to our local travelers.”

“Initially and throughout April and May, we will be operating two ATR services per week, on Mondays and Fridays and as we continue to evaluate the performance of the aircraft and move into the busy tourism season, we plan to increase frequencies with the ATR. Also, our second Jetstream 32 will soon be joining the fleet – the introduction of this J32 aircraft has been delayed, as we have opted to put the aircraft through major maintenance in New
Zealand before bringing the aircraft to Tonga and this will provide us with an aircraft with no heavy maintenance requirements for at least a year. With the ATR and the second Jetstream, Real Tonga will have a solid fleet that will be able to effectively and efficiently manage our domestic network.”

Mr Palu added…”the sudden unavailability of the MA60 aircraft has meant that we have had to urgently re-adjust our fleet and whilst we are grateful that this happened during the lower demand periods, we regret any and all inconvenience to the travelling public over the past month – the additional aircraft and services will provide a much more stable and reliable schedule.”

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