Our new J32

At 8:57 pm, Thursday 4th June, REALtong’s latest addition to its’fleet, a second BAeJ32, touched down at Fua’amotu airport.

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The aircraft was ferried into Tonga,from New Zealand, crewed by a Real Tonga 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. We will also now be able to provide more services per day which will improve and increase the options available to the travelling public.”He added that…”our team have completed all of the regulatory requirements for the aircraft in New Zealand, including de-registration and the re-registering of the aircraft under the Tongan registry as well as the issuance of the Certificate of Airworthiness and this allows us to get the aircraft working straight away.”

The new aircraft will commence commercial services for REALtonga on Saturday the 6th of June which will provide Real Tonga’s other J32 with an opportunity to undergo some maintenance work before both aircraft are scheduled to operate together for the busy season.

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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.