After 7 years in Operation, Tonga’s National airline Real Tonga has managed to uphold the highest ethical standards of safety and security for their passengers. PASO (Pacific Aviation Safety Office) has thus far overseen that airline’s safety standards are complied with effectively.
Despite this, the airline will not shunt itself from the opportunity to reach truly international standards of safety. Real Tonga have confidently embarked on an operation to be assessed by IATA. They will carry out a comprehensive assessment of many areas of the airline. The areas that will be evaluated include Ground Operations, Engineering Maintenance, Flight Operations, Operations Control Center, Quality and Safety Assurance as well as their Organizational structure.
Mr Clive Fua the Quality & Safety System Manager in Real Tonga is leading the preparations for the audit. “ We are still in the preliminary stages of the process and are at the moment documenting the IATA requirements”. Clive will strive to ensure that Real Tonga is prepared well ahead of the October 2019 audit.
If they do become an IOSA certified operator, it will be a milestone accomplishment for the airline and Tonga. It will give the airline the opportunity to level its performance against up to date industry standards, regulations and best practices.
Real Tonga would have elevated its services to the same level as other airlines in the South Pacific that have been IOSA certified. Solomon Airlines, Air Vanuatu and Fiji Airways are the only other airlines in the region to have attained the IOSA certificate.
This achievement will enable code sharing. In simple terms, it will facilitate collaborations with other IOSA certified airlines which will be advantageous for both the airline and passengers.