29 June 2013

Real Tonga's MA60

AVIC Xi'an Aircraft Industry (Group) Company Ltd. (XAC), AVIC International and Tonga signed on the first MA60 aircraft delivery certificate on June 26. This is the first time that MA60 has been delivered to an Oceania country.

The aircraft delivery certificate was signed by Party Secretary of XAC Song Shuiyun, Party Secretary of AVIC International Zhang Guangjian and Tonga's Ambassador to China Siamelie Latu. The MA60 order was signed in March 2013.

Song said at the delivery ceremony, the delivery acceptance of the MA60 has been accomplished through the joint effort of both parties, making a good start for their cooperation. The MA60 will bring comfort and convenience to the people in Tonga for its excellent performance, he added. Meanwhile, it will enhance the cooperation between Tonga and China in the air travel field and deepen the friendship between the people in the two nations.

Latu appreciated AVIC International and XAC's effort for the delivery of their first MA60. He said the delivery of the MA60 marks a start of the two nations' cooperation in the aviation field, which will help Tonga integrate into the world aviation industry chain. He expects the MA60 aircraft to create more value for the airlines in Tonga for its good performance. The delivery will expand the influence of the MA60 in the South Pacific region, said the Ambassador.

Tonga, officially known as the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and an archipelago comprising 176 islands with a surface area of about 750 square kilometers scattered over 700,000 square kilometers of the southern Pacific Ocean. Tonga established diplomatic relations with China in 1998.


  1. Aircraft is due into Port Moresby this evening, 2nd July, from Biak registered A3-RTL and using SXA1060 as its callsign so obviously Southern Cross are charged with her delivery flight.

  2. Watch TVNZ news on One tonight regarding the "chinese death-trap" aka MA60