16 June 2015

Second Jetstream for Real Tonga

Tonga’s sole domestic carrier has brought in a new 19-seater BAe Jetstream-32 aircraft from New Zealand which began servicing Vava’u on Saturday, 6 June. Real Tonga Airline CEO Tevita Palu said the arrival of its second Jetstream aircraft now provides additional capacity for the peak season. He said they will also provide more daily services to increase the options available to travellers. “Our team have completed all regulatory requirements for the aircraft in New Zealand, including de-registration. The aircraft has been registered in Tonga and has been issued a Certificate of Airworthiness, which allowed it to start service immediately,” he said. Tevita said the Jetstream had undergone major maintenance in New Zealand, including the installation of additional equipment that offers the aircraft regional capability. On 4 June, the aircraft was flown into Tonga by the airline’s flight operations manager, Captain Anthony Halliwell and RT First Officer, Athol Isaac. Real Tonga now has three small aircraft, including a Jetstream and Y12. The airline has partnered with Fiji Airways flying its 68-seater aircraft between Tongatapu and Vava’u.

Tongan registered BAe 32 Jetstream A3-SKY at Auckland on a refuelling stop on 3 June 2015. The Jetstream flew to Tonga via Norfolk Island and Noumea.

Previously the Jetstream operated with Vincent Aviation as ZK-VAI...

ZK-VAI arriving into Taupo 9 October 2013

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