Real Tonga’s latest addition to its fleet, a SAAB 340 B+ WT, arrived into Fua’amotu airport from Canberra. The aircraft has 34 leather seats and this particular model has extended Wing Tips, which provide additional payload and improved overall performance. Real Tonga have indicated that they hope to see the aircraft start commercial operations in early May 2016. Currently, the airline is undergoing the required certification process to incorporate the aircraft into its current Air Operator Certificate. This certification process is being undertaken by PASO and New Zealand Civil Aviation, on behalf of Tonga’s Civil Aviation Department...Read More >
Monday 6 July- Real Tonga and Fiji Airways have today announced a codeshare partnership which would see the Fijian carrier extend its services from Nuku’alofa to Vava’u. The new codeshare arrangement will provide vital connections between Vava’u and Nadi (weekly) and Suva (twice weekly) via Nuku’alofa.
Fiji Airways will operate a Nuku’alofa – Vava’u flight three days per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Real Tonga will be code-sharing on that flight, so that the new services are an integral part of the Real Tonga schedule. The services will be operated by Fiji Link’s brand new ATR 72 aircraft, offering customers comfort and convenience.
Tevita Palu, CEO of Real Tonga said: “This commercial arrangement is a major step forward for Tongan Aviation...Read More >
At 8:57 pm, Thursday 4th June, REALtong’s latest addition to its’fleet, a second BAeJ32, touched down at Fua’amotu airport.
The aircraft was ferried into Tonga,from NewZealand, crewed byReal Tonga’s Flight
Operations Manager, Captain Anthony Halliwell and REALtonga First Officer,Athol Isaac.
The Jetstream has been undergoing some major maintenance in New Zealand to prepare the aircraft for service and this has included the installation of some additional equipment that offers the aircraft regional capability.
REALtonga’s Chief Executive, TevitaPalu said tha the”…welcomed the arrival of the new aircraft, as it now provides additional capacity for the peak season that is just beginning...Read More >
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...Read More >
Real Tonga advises that theMA60 aircraft operations have been suspended as of 8th February 2015. As was the case in September 2014, information from the Government to the media is inaccurate and focused solely on Real Tonga, however this does not clearly identify all of the issues. In line with Government’s commitment to ICAO to raise the safety standards within Tongan Civil Aviation, especially with regard to the Regulatory Framework, a new Act for Civil Aviation has taken effect as of the 8th February 2015. In brief, this new legislation formally adopts the New Zealand Civil Aviation Rules in their entirety as the standard to which airlines must operate. This new legislation impacts the MA60 operation on two levels...Read More >
The Government will not revoke or suspend Real Tonga’s AOC, however the intent of its commitment to ICAO to improve aviation safety will nevertheless still be pursued rigorously to ensure that the safety and regulatory framework will be developed to a higher and acceptable standard in line with ICAO standards.
This improvement and development within the regulatory framework will involve a closer collaboration between the Ministry and PASO,...