Bonza, Australia’s newest low fare airline touched down at the country’s Sunshine Coast Airport today with its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
Bonza says its entry into the market planned for this autumn will offer increased competition and choice in a country where the airline will be the only independent low cost airline.
Bonza founder and CEO Tim Jordan said: “Bonza’s mission is to encourage more travel by providing more choices and ultra-low fares, particularly into leisure destinations where travel is now often limited to connections via major cities.”
“Bonza will deliver enormous benefits to all Australians, but particularly to regional communities by providing new routes and greater travel opportunities. Bonza will also play a leading role in Australia’s post-pandemic economic recovery – creating jobs, stimulating travel and consumer spending and helping regional communities, especially those that rely on tourism, get back on their feet.”
“This is a tremendous milestone for Bonza and Boeing as the airline joins many operators around the world who have launched service with the 737 MAX,” said Boeing sales chief Christy Reese. “Bonza has created a new business model to create new markets in Australia’s dynamic commercial aviation market. We are confident that the fuel-efficient 737-8 airplanes will enable the airline to provide their passengers with a comfortable flying experience and a more sustainable option to travel throughout the country.”
Based in Australia’s Sunshine Coast, Bonza has signalled a commitment to add seven 737 MAX aircraft to its fleet within its first year of operation. The airline is working hard to commence flights as soon as late September subject to regulatory approval.
Jordan has more than 25 years of aviation experience, including at low-cost carriers Cebu Pacific and Virgin Blue, and most recently at FlyArystan, the first low-cost carrier in Central Asia, where he was managing director
Bonza is backed by US private investment firm 777 Partners whose investments include Canada’s only independent low fare airline Flair Airlines and the Southeast Asian-based Value Alliance of low-cost airlines.