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Bonza Launches its Inaugural Flight

Australia’s newest low-cost airline, Bonza, has taken flight for the first time, with a mission to make travel accessible to all. From its innovative approach to ticket purchasing to its eco-friendly efforts, Bonza is shaking up the aviation industry in Australia.

The new airline launched with a flight from Maroochydore Airport (MCY) on the Sunshine Coast. Flight AB777 operated by a Boeing 737 MAX 8, took off slightly behind schedule at 08:30, headed directly to Proserpine Airport (PPP) on the Whitsunday Coast.

Bonza’s Mission: Travel for the Many, Not the Few

Bonza aims to fill a gap in under-served routes and operate 26 of its 27 routes without competition (at present). CEO Tim Jordan stated:

“It’s about new market stimulation and giving many places, many people the opportunity to travel to see friends and family … We are about travel for the many, not the few.”

Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza

Innovative Approach to Travel

Bonza aims to transform travel in Australia with its innovative approach. Tickets can be purchased through the airline’s app or authorized agents, and onboard purchases include speedos (budgie smugglers). Instead of aisle carts, snacks and drinks are ordered through the app.

Image by Tony Gough via Bonza

Bonza’s Cabin

Passengers were greeted with purple seats equipped with USB and power outlets. No in-flight entertainment is provided but a collection is accessible via the airline’s app as a ‘one-stop shop’ for viewing.

Supporting Local Businesses

Bonza aims to promote local businesses, featuring craft beers from ‘Good Mates’ on the Sunshine Coast and croissants from The Handmade Food Co. The airline is environmentally conscious, replacing disposable cups with reusable purple ones for your coffee.

First Seats on Sale and Initial Response

Bonza’s first seats went on sale Jan 27, with over 10k travelers booking their next trip. The airline currently operates 15 routes to 12 destinations, available until Oct 31.

Bonza future Expansion: Second Base in Melbourne

Photo by Nick Dean

CEO Tim Jordan announced the airline’s excitement to launch operations from Melbourne Tullamarine (MEL), its second base in Australia. The company anticipates new aircraft to support these operations. Jordan told ABC News:

“We are taking delivery of two additional aircraft, one next month [and] one a month after that, we’re looking forward to doing that and putting those routes on sale in the coming weeks.”

Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza

Kingsford Smith Int’l Airport (SYD) was considered, but high landing fees don’t align with the airline’s low-cost approach. Could Bonza launch from nearby Newcastle Williamtown (NTL) or focus on Western Sydney Int’l Nancy-Bird Walton (under construction)? Only time will tell.

So what’s next for Bonza Airlines? Could it be the next big thing in Australia’s aviation industry or just another low-cost airline? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure – Bonza is taking flight, and travelers are ready to soar with them.

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