Bonza, the new Australian budget airline, has made its first commercial flight.
The first flight was a 76 minute flight from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Airport to Whitsunday Coast Airport.
The airline thinks this could be a game changer for both tourism markets as well as friends and family who can ditch the 12 hour drive in place of a direct flight.
Bonza is a new, independent low-cost airline. It’s selling point is that its will enable Australians to explore more of their own backyard by flying regional routes not serviced by Qantas or Virgin – the big two airlines in Australia.
It’s initial route map includes 27 routes to 17 destinations. Ninety three per cent of Bonza routes are not currently served by any airline and 96% not currently served by a low-cost carrier.
The new airline currently has three Boeing 737 Max 8s, all with proper Aussie names – Bazza, Shazza and Sheila.
Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza:
“Our team of legends couldn’t be more excited to begin connecting Aussies for holidays and time with loved ones.
What better place to start than arguably two of the country’s favourite holiday destinations.
Whether you are snorkelling the Whitsunday Islands or grabbing a cold one in the craft beer capital of Australia – the Sunshine Coast – we are humbled to take you there”
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Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP)