Our Team

Real Tonga is Tonga’s national domestic carrier established with the purpose of serving the people of Tonga. Below are some of the members of our staff that help make our airline the very best it can be.

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Mr. Tevita Palu, CEO:

Tevita Palu has over 30 years wealth of aviation skills and experience, held leading positions as Maintenance Controller and Chief Engineering of Aircrafts at both Domestic and International recognized standards.

Mr Palu is a certified License Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) and owner/CEO of the well-known and fast growing Group of companies, Palu Aviation Services Ltd and the airline REALtonga Ltd. Mr Palu is responsible for the overall management, direction, survival and growth of the company and its managers.


Mr. Fakatele Faletau, General Manager Commercial/Deputy CEO

Fakatele Faletau is responsible for overseeing Commercial Operations, Revenue Management, Sales & Marketing, Scheduling and Reservations, Cargo, Insurance, Customer Relations, Branding, Network and Partners covering domestic and international.

He brings his wealth of airline industry knowledge and experience in Sales, IT and Ticketing to the team.


Mr ‘Aisake Manu, Maintenance and Engineering:

‘Aisake Manu is responsible for Maintenance and Engineering related activities of aircrafts both domestic and international. This position is also overlooked by the CEO. Mr Manu, a License

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) with wealth of international and domestic airlines’ maintenance, engineering, quality management skills and experience, and rated on all operational aircrafts of the airline including the MA60 aircraft.


Mr ‘Isileli Lavaki, Ground Operations Manager:

‘Isileli Lavaki  is responsible for all aspects of the safe, cost-effective and punctual running of the airline base airports, fuel and all ground handling suppliers and airport companies.

Mr Lavaki brings to the team years of airports, management and aviation knowledge.

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Tongatapu

Tongatapu, known as the ‘Sacred South’, is the main island of Tonga and the launch pad for exploring many of the other islands that surround the Kingdom. Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tongaputa, and the hub for international arrivals, is located on the north coast, and is filled with long stretches of white beaches, charming cafes, and ancient churches. You may even see a few pigs roaming around if you’re lucky.

‘Eua

Hilly and covered in lush rainforest, ‘Eua’s combination of breathtaking beauty and rugged, idiosyncratic landscapes is the perfect destination for travelers. A concise seven-minute flight links Tongatapu to the island of ‘Eua on its southeastern tip, world’s shortest commercial airline flight.

Ha’apai

If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path experiences, then look no further then Ha’apai, a central island group consisting of 62 islands. Isolated, uninhabited and undiscovered, this tropical paradise is filled with shallow lagoons, deserted beaches, vibrant reefs, giant volcanoes and breaching whales. Travellers can fill in their day with endless activities such as hiking, snorkelling, kayaking or even horseriding along the white sandy beaches.

Vava’u

Truly unspoiled, this remote group of islands are dotted along the  Kingdom of Tonga, and offer year-round climate suitable for snorkelling, swimming, sailing and diving. Surrounded by crystal clear water, these 61 islands offer an abundance of activities in and out of the water. For those sailing around the South Pacific,  Neiafu, is a popular spot to dock your yacht, allowing you to explore more of  Vava’u Islands natural beauty.

Niuatoputapu

Niuatoputao is a flat coral island situated furthest north within the Kingdom of Tonga. Located between Vava’u and Samoa, this ‘sacred island’ is mostly remote and underdeveloped with a noticeably warmer temperature than the other parts of the Kingdom, especially in the southern end.

Niuafo’ou

Niufo’ou,  located about 100km west of  Niuatoputapu, is one of the world’s most remote islands. From a birds-eye view, this volcanic rimmed island could be compared to a floating donut.  The coastline is rocky and steep, with few black sandy beaches.  Niuafo’ou, together with  Tafahi  &  Niuatoputapu  island are referred to as the  Niuas.