Qantas flights to Tonga

Mattg

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It looks like Qantas will be flying from Sydney to Tonga every Thursday for the next 3 months, using A330s.


Flights are QF335 SYD 09:30 - TBU 17:05 and QF336 TBU 18:35 - SYD 21:20.

Tonga's international border is still closed due to COVID-19 and apparently you need to register with the government of Tonga to be able to book a ticket on QF335. So, I wonder what the purpose of this flight is? Perhaps mainly freight?

The linked article says "These flights are operated under Australia’s Pacific Flights Program."

I also note that TBU is not recognised as a destination on the Qantas website so I can't find any way to book a ticket.
 

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Wonder where Qantas found the spare plane and crews - they are cancelling domestic schedules all over the place through lack of these (or so I read).

An interesting last line in that story:

Meanwhile, Tonga has not announced when its international border will re-open.
 

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That's a big plane for a thin route. It's in 737 range.

Also why no flights to APW? Are we less worried about them with the US territory right next door?
 

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Inventory zero'd out on all flights as well... strange with the inaugural supposedly departing in just a few days time.
 

kevinyhli

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There had been regular QF charters between TBU and SYD/BNE for the past 18 months at least - all part of a government program.
 

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