12 September 2019

Second Saab for Air Rarotonga

A second Saab 340B Plus 34 passenger turbo-prop will be added to the Air Rarotonga fleet by mid-October 2019. The aircraft was previously operated by Japan Airlines subsidiary JAC and is presently undergoing maintenance in the USA in preparation for its delivery flight to Rarotonga and induction into the Airline’s fleet. The new aircraft will add capacity initially to the Rarotonga-Aitutaki route with plans underway for the operation of some regional flights to Tahiti and Niue. Discussions are also being held with the Cook Islands Government regarding a future upgrade of Northern Group runways to facilitate scheduled operation of the larger aircraft there. Saab operations into the Northern Group will substantially reduce the cost of travel and provide access for specialized small-scale tourism to the North. Founded in 1978, Air Rarotonga celebrated 40 years of inter-island air service in 2018.

Air Rarotonga's first B model Saab 340, E5-SMW. Photos Air Rarotonga

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