15 March 2013
Real Tonga - Yeah Right! It might be made in China!
Real Tonga’s 17-seater Y-12 aircraft arrived at Tonga’s Fua’amotu Domestic Airport from Vanuatu on the 11th of March after being delayed for a week. MatangiTonga reports that the aircraft has now begun operations with flights to Vava’u. Tonga’s new domestic airline had initially announced that it had secured the lease of two Y-12 aircrafts to service the outer islands, and would start its new service on the 4th of March. A second Y-12 aircraft was expected to arrive at the end of the month. Real Tonga has been granted an Air Operators Certificate to service Tongatapu, Vava’u, Ha’apai, ‘Eua and the two Niuas.
A photo of the Y12 can be found at : http://www.topix.com/world/tonga/2013/03/real-tonga-domestic-aircraft-arrives-in-tonga (click to enlarge it)