Bonza’s first Boeing 737 landed at Sunshine Coast Airport in Queensland this week (August 1) as the carrier prepares to launch routes across Australia this year.
This was a significant milestone for Australia’s only independent low-cost carrier, with the arrival of the first aircraft supporting Bonza’s continued momentum with the regulatory process.
Bonza CEO Tim Jordan said the plane is the first Boeing 737 MAX based in Australia and will be part of a fleet of brand new, fuel-efficient aircraft based initially on the Sunshine Coast and Melbourne.
He said the carrier will welcome Australian travelers traveling to 17 initial destinations on 27 routes.
“We are beyond thrilled to welcome our first aircraft to Sunshine Coast Airport and with so much buzz across the country for Bonza, we hope today will also be exciting for the communities we fly to,” did he declare.
“Our team of legends have worked hard behind the scenes to achieve this milestone and so it was important that we were all here to welcome AB 001 flight together.
“We are now an important step towards connecting more Australians with convenient, low-cost travel options to more destinations for holidays and to visit loved ones,” Jordan said.
From there, the aircraft’s interior will be completed on Australian shores as the carrier moves closer to launch.
“It just seems like we’re getting our first plane back to the finishing touches by Australians locally,” Jordan said.
He said the aircraft which landed on August 1 will be used as a spare aircraft, “a clear investment in customer experience and part of Bonza’s strategy to minimize potential disruption to its customers to the extent possible. possible”.
Jordan said additional aircraft will eventually follow and support Bonza’s growth plans beyond its initial Sunshine Coast and Melbourne bases.
“The airline is working on commissioning, potentially as early as the end of September, but noting that the regulatory process is very well respected,” he said.
“This is an exciting time for Australian aviation and, more importantly, for the Australian traveling public who will now enjoy greater choice.
“93% of Bonza routes are currently not served by another airline (25 of 27 routes) and 96% are currently not served by a low-cost carrier.
“Flights should start from around $50 for every hour a customer flies and eight kilograms of carry-on baggage is included in the price of the flight,” Jordan said.
He said Australians are being encouraged to download the Fly Bonza app which will be the only place to book direct.
The airline’s “app first” strategy means flights will not be available for purchase on third-party websites allowing Bonza to communicate directly with customers about their upcoming flights, according to Jordan.
In addition to booking and check-in, the Fly Bonza app is also where customers can order food and drink from the all-Australian menu directly to their seat and enjoy in-flight entertainment.
The airline is also asking Australians to help name the plane by asking them to comment on Bonza’s social media pages with their nicknames.
“Who better to name our first plane than the people we are here to serve,” Jordan said.
“If you have a nickname that would look great on the side of our first plane, head over to our Instagram and Facebook pages and let us nickname your nickname.”