Tonga is a beautiful country and we would love to come back one day- if there is a better and improved airline system. We had two fantastic weeks in Tongatapu and Ha’apai but the last two days have been a nightmare - what upset us the most was the fact that no one seemed to care - the airline has to know that it cannot go on like that! - Simone Eisenbarth
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Tonga’s MA60 aircraft made three inaugural commercial flights to Vava‘u on Saturday, August 10, and the aircraft gifted from China is scheduled to fly twice-daily to Vava’u.
Samiu Vaipulu follows the text book theory that competition will lower cost. In reality, that can be close to the truth if it is properly managed and monitored. Take for example the oil supply industry, there has been two oil suppliers to Tonga, and yet, there is no significant appearance or evidence of lower fuel cost from competition between these two companies. – Sione Lousiale Kava.
The planes Samiu wants to bring in, the Chinese made MA60, does not have the best reputation. They have been refused a certificate by the American Federal Aviation Department and have been involved in several accidents, one killing all the passengers on board. – Sione Taufa.
A wild boar chase by kava growers living on Tonga’s volcanic island of Tofua yesterday may have led to the cancellation of an international flight to Tonga today, after smoke was spotted near the island and mistaken for a volcanic eruption
Tonga will have a new national domestic airline, flying by early 2013, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Samiu Vaipulu told the Tongan Parliament on Monday, June 18. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
An Air New Zealand flight to Auckland was delayed an hour from departing Fua’amotu International Airport this afternoon, due to a breach in security, after two passengers boarded through the VIP area and had not been properly screened.
Air services into and within the Kingdom may operate on a Sunday when Saturday services are disrupted. This is to avoid the very circumstances that occurred last weekend and as alluded to in the article “Waste of fish cargo could be avoided in future, say exporters”. Such operation is considered an essential service.- Paul Karalus
A sulphuric mix of Tonga’s sabbatical laws and last week’s volcanic eruption on Hunga Ha’apai that led to the cancellation of Saturday evening’s Air New Zealand 767 flight into Fua’amotu International Airport, is causing headaches for Tongan fish exporters who had perishable cargo destined for the USA and Japan. By Mary Lyn Fonua.
“Air Chatham starts domestic service.” This is great news but will Air Chatham also fly to Niuatoputapu? - Peki Matheson
Peau Vava’u, one of Tonga’s two domestic airlines, which due to fire damage to their corporate offices in November 2006 has been grounded, announced today that they will recommence commercial operation on Monday 14 May 2007.
When the dust settles spare a thought for the crushed dreams and ambition of the connections and staff of Fly Niu Ltd., (FNL) … a little start-up airline forced into voluntary liquidation due to a patently flawed monopoly policy.- Wayne Madden
Air New Zealand will start a weekly Airbus A320 daytime service to Tonga in October, according a marketing manager, Norm Thompson, in Nuku’alofa on June 29.
Air Pacific this week will cut back its service to Tonga to twice instead of three times a week, terminating its Saturday service, and flying to Tonga only on Tuesday and Thursday, following a clash with Tonga’s civil aviation authorities.
Monday, March 14, 2005 - 14:05. The People’s Republic of China wants to set up a FJD$100 million (US$61 million) regional airline. And while it has raised the issue with the Fiji government it has yet to consult other Pacific Island states on this possibility.
The Government of Samoa has selected Virgin Blue as the “preferred partner” for a new joint venture airline that will take over the long-haul jet operations of Polynesian Airlines, through a bidding process developed and supported by the International Finance Corporation.
Polynesian Airlines’s new service, connecting ‘Apia and Pago Pago to Vava‘u landed at the Lupepau‘u Airport, Vava’u, this morning, November 5, beginning a twice weekly Dash 8 air service between the two Samoas and Vava’u.
A joint venture between Polynesian Airlines and the Peau Vava’u Airways, to provide a connecting service between Tonga and Samoa, through Vava’u, is in the pipeline.
I had recently planned a trip to Niuatoputapu, but had to cancel when Tongan Airlines went bankrupt. Since that time there has been totally confusion and lack of transportation to the Niuas. Now they say the DC3’s cannot use the runways. - Dick Watt
I too have been an avid reader of comments regarding the two airlines in Tonga. Before, I lay down my comments in regards to this issue, I would like to state that my company works closely with Peau Vava’u by means of facilitating bookings that originate from overseas. I wanted that to be clear so people who read the following comments understand the source and whilst I will write as accurately as possible, people need to be able to make up their minds on the validity of my comments. - Tele Faletau