Bonza Secures 737 MAXs From Flair Airlines

Daniel Fowkes
20 Dec 2023
· Airlines 
Bonza has secured regulatory approval to begin flying more Boeing 737 MAXs on a short term lease from Canadian carrier Flair Airlines as the Australian company can now open its new base on the Gold Coast

Bonza, Australia’s low-cost carrier, has finally secured regulatory approval to fly more Boeing 737 MAXs.

These plans to fly more 737 MAXs on a short-term lease were outlined some time ago. As a result of delays, the carrier was forced to cancel several flights while it awaited the necessary approval.

A Long Wait For Bonza

Two additional aircraft have come directly from key partner Flair Airlines, which operates with the Boeing 737 in Canada.

Bonza says the long wait came following the lengthy hurdles around obtaining the required regulatory approval. In the case of Bonza, this was something also experienced concerning securing permission to fly with passengers in Australia.

The Australian carrier will now be able to serve more destinations thanks to these two additional aircraft and bring more low-cost fares to markets across the country.

Bonza’s Future Plan For The Gold Coast

Bonza identified the Gold Coast as what would become its third hub in Australia, thus joining Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast. The popular holiday destination has already seen several high-profile service announcements.

However, despite Bonza’s solid expansion plan, it does not have the required operational flexibility to serve these markets. Hence, a deal has been struck with Flair to service the Gold Coast base.

While these aircraft are based on the Gold Coast, the other in-service aircraft at Bonza can be deployed towards key markets from their two aforementioned bases.

Bonza is also working hard to meet the strong demand and response to the opening of the Gold Coast base. The carrier has commenced a recruitment drive to train crew from next month to be deployed on Bonza aircraft.

The carrier says it serves 14 destinations out of the Gold Coast. This includes Albury, Bundaberg, Cairns, Darwin, Gladstone, Launceston, Mackay, Melbourne (Avalon), Melbourne (Tullamarine), Mount Isa, Mildura, Rockhampton, Townsville and the Whitsunday Coast.

Comments From Tim Jordan, Bonza CEO

We know it’s been a challenging time for some of our customers who were unable to fly and to them we say we’re really sorry and we’ll learn from this and do better to deliver for Australia. Now that we have approval for the two additional aircraft we’re scaling up our operations and servicing our new routes from our Gold Coast base

Tim Jordan, Bonza CEO

Bonza’s Focus On Australia

Launching in the past 12 months, Bonza is Australia’s new and independent low-cost carrier.

The airline was launched to fly to underserved and unserved markets within Australia, all the while offering low-cost flights.

A route map currently spans three bases with 38 routes to 21 destinations. This route map has progressively grown throughout the year as the company has expanded its operations.

Bonza flies exclusively with the Boeing 737 MAX. As a result, the airline brings high levels of efficiency and passenger comfort to flights within Australia. Additionally, it harbours one of the youngest fleets in the Oceania region.

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