Real Tonga airlines replaces aircraft after security warnings by New Zealand
Tonga's regional airline, "Real Tonga," is replacing its Chinese-made aircraft, which put it at loggerheads with the New Zealand government.
Tonga’s regional airline, “Real Tonga,” is replacing its Chinese-made aircraft, which put it at loggerheads with the New Zealand government.
In the only Pacific Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific Real Tonga is the airline operated as a national carrier by the Kingdom’s government.
When started a year ago the New Zealand government warned potential passengers that the aircraft did not have proper certification.
Real Tonga was using a MA60 aircraft built in China.
New Zealand also withheld significant aid funding which was aimed at helping market Tonga to New Zealand tourists.
Now the head of Tonga’s Tourism Authority Stuart Perry has confirmed the airline’s management has bought two new British-made aircraft to replace the MA60.