Jiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1102 times:
Tonga (a country in the Pacific)'s national airline "Royal Tongan Airlines" was forced to shut down last Friday, because NZ's CAA expressed its concerns over the airline's only B737-300. Now this remote Pacific island of Niue was cut off by air from the rest of the world .
Currently, only AIR NZ and Air Pacific serves Tonga.
Eraxandaf From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1076 times:
Do you know if that includes their internal operations such as Nuku'alofa to Ha'apai and Vava'u on their Twin Otters? Probably not as that would be Tonga's decision and not NZ's. Sad about Niue, although it was only served once a week. I hear Air Rarotonga is hoping (someday) to start serving Niue from Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
B744 From New Zealand, joined Dec 1999, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1072 times:
I remember reading this a few days ago but now I can't find the article. However from memory, it only affected their international ops, not flights to/from Nuku alofa - Vavau etc.
By the way, are you sure it was a 733? Last time passing though AKL, I saw a Royal Tongan aircraft and thought is was an ex NZ 732. Mind you I didn't pay that much attention to it as a Tupolev Design Bureau An-124 was taking my attention...