25 Feb 2013

New plane for Tonga inter-island airline expected next month

11:26 am on 25 February 2013

The first of two 17 seater Y-12 aircrafts leased by Real Tonga airline from Vanuatu is expected to arrive in Tonga this week to start servicing the outer islands in March.

Tonga's current sole domestic carrier Chathams Pacific of New Zealand will discontinue its services on Saturday, March 2.

The Chief Executive Officer of Real Tonga, Tevita Palu, says a second 17-seater Y-12 aircraft is was expected to arrive on March 28 to start service on April 1.

He says the company has announced its airfares and schedule but will revise them in April when the second aircraft arrives.