REALtonga & Fiji Airways sign new codeshare agreement

On Monday 6th July- REALTonga and Fiji Airways 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.

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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. It enables Real Tonga to provide extra capacity when most needed in the peak seasons to satisfy the demand and enable the market to grow.  Aside from making it easier for Tongans to travel between the capital and Vava’u, these key air links will be a tremendous boost to the island’s tourism. This is the start to developing a relationship between the two carriers.”

David Bowden, Fiji Airways Acting CEO said: “Our new arrangement makes Vava’u a valuable new addition to our network, and directly links the island to the United States, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. This is a big boost for Vava’u – to be plugged into our route network and sales capabilities.”

Mr. Bowden added: This is the start of what we hope will be a fruitful partnership that will lead to more sustainable solutions for Tongan aviation and tourism. “Fiji Airways is working on a number of partnerships like these with Pacific nations. As an airline extensively covering this region, we’re well aware of the unique challenges some of our neighbours face when it comes to aviation. We’re always keen to assist where we can.”

The Nuku’alofa-Vava’u flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

About Fiji Airways:
Founded in 1951, Fiji Airways Group comprises of Fiji Airways, which is the National Airline of Fiji and Fiji Link, its domestic and regional subsidiary. Fiji Airways aims to be a leading global boutique airline, and has a fleet of brand new wide-body A330s and refreshed B737 aircraft. Fiji Link has a fleet of ATR 72, ATR 42 and DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. From its hub at Nadi International Airport, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link fly to 32 destinations in 12 countries (including code-shares) and operate 350 weekly flights from Nadi and Suva.

Destinations include Fiji Islands, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands. The Fiji Airways Group bring in over 64 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji, and the two companies together employ over 1000 employees, earn revenues of over F$675 million ($380m USD), and directly contribute a significant portion of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Fiji Airways rebranded from Air Pacific in June 2013. Visit  www.fijiairways.com  for more information.

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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.