Real Tonga hires Fijian aircraft to replace Chinese MA60

PHOTO: Real Tonga’s Director Tēvita Palu. 

Real Tonga Airline has chartered an aircraft from Fiji Airways to replace the controversial Chinese aircraft MA60 the Tongan government has grounded two month ago.

The Real Tonga has added the twin-engine turboprop short haul regional airliner, 68-seater ATR72-600,  to its fleet in an attempt to meet its passengers’ growing demand.

Matangi Tonga Online has quoted Real Tonga’s Director Tevita Palu as saying, “The sudden unavailability of the MA60 aircraft meant that we had to urgently re-adjust our fleet…”

The MA60 aircraft was returned to the Tongan government on February 8 after its lease was terminated due to the new legislation.

The Chinese aircraft is now leased out to a new Tongan company, the Royal Tongan Airline,  owned by a group that involved Tonga’s Former Deputy Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu and others.

Vaipulu claimed the MA60 would start flying domestically this month. His claim came after the Minister of Infrastructure told Kaniva News in Auckland recently Royal Tongan Airline had been given four conditions to fulfil before the MA60 was allowed to operate in Tonga.

None of those conditions had been met, the minister said.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Kuo noo’i mai ‘e he Kautaha vakapuna Real Tonga ha vakapuna ‘a e Kautaha Vakapuna Fiji Airways ke ne fetongi ‘a e vakapuna mohulaua ko ia MA60 mei Siain.a ‘a ia ne ta’ofi ke toe puna ‘e he Pule’anga Tonga he māhina ʻe ua kuohilí.

    Kuo tānaki atu ʻe he Real Tonga ʻa e vakapuna kalasi mīsini ua he faʻahinga ko e 68-seater ATR72-600 ki heʻene ngaahi vakapuná ʻi heʻene feinga ke feau e lahi ʻo e fiemaʻu ʻene kau pāsesé.

    Naʻe fakahā ʻe he Talēkita ʻo e Real Tongá, Tēvita Palu ki he Matangi Tongá naʻe pau ke toe fai ha fokotuʻutuʻu fakavavevave ki heʻene ngaahi vaká hili ia e fakafoki fakafokifā ʻo e MA60.

    Ne fakafoki e MA60 ki he puleʻangá ʻi Fepueli ʻaho 8 hili ia hono fakangata ʻene lisí tuʻunga ʻi ha lao foʻou ki he fepunaʻaki ne tali ʻe he puleʻangá.

    Kuo lisi atu ʻa e vaka ni ki he kautaha foʻou ʻa e Tokoni Palēmia ki Muʻá, Sāmiu Vaipulu ʻoku ui ko e Royal Tongan Airline.

    Kuo pehē ʻe Vaipulu ʻe puna e MA60 he māhiná ni. Ka ne toki fakahaá ni foki ʻe he minisitā ʻa Tonga ki he ngaahi ngāue lalahi ʻa e puleʻangá ki he Ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá ʻoku teʻeki fakakakato mai ʻe Vaipulu mo ʻene kautahá ʻa e fiemaʻu lalahi ʻe 4 ki muʻa pea toki vakaiʻi pe ʻe toe ʻoange ha ngofua ke puna e MA60 pe ʻikai.

    Pehē ʻe he minisitaá ne teʻeki fakakakato ange ʻa e ngaahi fiemaʻu ia ko ʻení.

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