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Royal Tongan Airlines : Shut Down Operation  
User currently offlineJiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1737 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.

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User currently offlineEraxandaf From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1711 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.

User currently offlineB744 From New Zealand, joined Dec 1999, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1707 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...

User currently offlineB744 From New Zealand, joined Dec 1999, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1696 times:

I meant 'Antonov design Bureau'. Doh!

User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1695 times:

Royal Tongan (WR)'s single jet IS an ex Air New Zealand 732. I used to see it howling overhead quite often. I hope this isn't the end of WR.

User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8231 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1687 times:

ZK NAF has been sitting in Auckland by the ANZ Hangers....I think it may lease 5W ILF from PH once they receive 5W SAN in Sep.

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