The first Bonza service from Sunshine Coast to Whitsundays is launched – Australian Aviation

Bonza’s second 737 MAX, Bazza, lands on the Sunshine Coast

Bonza has announced that its inaugural service will be between the Sunshine Coast and the Whitsunday Coast, with tickets priced at $59 each way.

The airline had hoped to start operations last month but will not be able to do so until it receives the crucial Air Operators Certificate it has yet to obtain.

When Bonza goes into commercial operation, it will offer so-called “point-to-point” leisure services not served by capital city-focused companies Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin and Rex.

Bonza said 93 percent of its network — 25 of its 27 routes — is not currently served by any other airline, while 96 percent is not served by any other low-cost airline. Flights are expected to cost around US$50 per flight hour.

Australian Aviation has documented Bonza’s progress with a series of exclusive reports.

Last month we exclusively revealed how the airline had quietly registered a third aircraft, VH-UBI, as it was about to take off.

The first, VH-UJT, now known as Shazza, and the second, VH-UIK, now known as Bazza, have already arrived in Australia, and VH-UBI, now known as Shiela, is due to land soon.

Bonza initially planned to launch with a fleet of two to three MAXs before increasing its ambition to eight.

Nevertheless, a fleet of three would be sufficient to put some of the planned 27 routes into operation in a staggered manner.

In September, we released exclusive photos showing two more of his 737 MAX being painted in his purple livery at the Boneyard in the Victorville desert.

The plane initially appeared to be operated by LOT Polish Airlines, which also operated Bonza’s first 737.

Bonza’s launch is awaiting the Air Operators Certificate and the airline hired former Virgin Australia GM of Operations Planning to lead the negotiations in May.

The company said Young’s responsibilities would also include flight and cabin crew, engineering, ground services and on-time performance.

He will also help lead the recruitment of 200 flight attendants and pilots.

The appointment of a big hitter is seen as a coup given his six years in a similar position at Virgin and Tiger.

Destinations on Bonza’s original route map include Melbourne, Avalon, Sunshine Coast, Mildura, Albury, Cairns, Coffs Harbour, Mackay, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Rockhampton, Tamworth, Townsville, Whitsunday Coast, Bundaberg, Gladstone and Toowoomba.

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