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Royal Tongan Airlines : Shut Down Operation

Wed Mar 21, 2001 2:09 pm

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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RE: Royal Tongan Airlines : Shut Down Operation

Wed Mar 21, 2001 5:17 pm

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.
 
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RE: Royal Tongan Airlines : Shut Down Operation

Wed Mar 21, 2001 5:47 pm

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...

 
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RE: Royal Tongan Airlines : Shut Down Operation

Thu Mar 22, 2001 5:15 am

I meant 'Antonov design Bureau'. Doh!

 
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RE: Royal Tongan Airlines : Shut Down Operation

Thu Mar 22, 2001 5:33 am

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.
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RE: Royal Tongan Airlines : Shut Down Operation

Thu Mar 22, 2001 12:56 pm

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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