Within the mid-morning cloud of Maroochydore, sounds of a didgeridoo bellow out as Lyndon Davis from the Gubbi Gubbi Mob welcomes Bonza Airways’ first Boeing 737 Max 8 to Queensland.
The primary of many for Bonza, Australia’s latest airline!
Bonza is rapidly successful over the hearts of Aussies all over the place. Its inexpensive fare construction, connectivity to regional cities and really Australian strategy to offering high quality service may see it eclipse competing low-fare airways. With deadlines quick approaching, Bonza welcomed its first plane on the Sunshine Coast Airport this morning.
“It’s laborious to explain the sensation when your first plane touches down on Aussie shores – to its new dwelling at Sunshine Coast Airport,” shared Tim Jordan, Bonza Airways chief government officer, on LinkedIn.
It’s been an uphill battle for the airline, with many sceptics claiming that the Sunshine Coast based mostly airline would by no means get off the bottom. Tim Jordan, Bonza Airways CEO, shared a brief however emotional message to his LinkedIn community of simply over 4000 folks.
“To our group of Bonza legends, and our companions, thanks doesn’t come near summing up my ideas on what you’ve all made potential…..”
Recognized for his laid-back, down-to-earth persona, Tim Jordan and Bonza Airways are quick turning into Australian cult icons. Famed for permitting aircrew to “put on what they need” and selling consolation and expressionism over conformity and custom, the start-up airline is right here to disrupt Australian airspace.
Flight AB 001 landed efficiently this morning in “Bonza’s yard” on the ironically-named Sunshine Coast. Whereas the solar didn’t grace the brand new airline with its presence, the flight marks a landmark second within the airline’s historical past and Australian aviation.
The aircraft accomplished the 1,671 miles (2,690-kilometres) journey from the States, leaving Seattle and passing by way of Honolulu and Nadi earlier than reaching its vacation spot in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. It’s the primary time a Max plane has landed on the regional base. Regardless of the hurry to launch, there’s nonetheless no official phrase on after we can anticipate to see extra Bonza-bound Boeing’s arrive in Australia.
Initially working in the direction of a mid-year begin, the airline has run into a number of delays forcing them to announce a possible wheels-up day in September. Nevertheless, with only one plane in Australia and inside work but to be full, the Aussie low-fare airline faces an uphill battle to get the exhibit the bottom in time.
Pending regulatory approval, the airline expects to ferry Aussie travellers to an preliminary 17 locations on 27 routes round Australia.
The beginning-up airline has been operating a contest on social media within the final month, providing their fan base and eager followers an opportunity to call their plane. With an plane such because the Boeing 737 Max 8 and an airline famed for its Aussie humour, you’ll be able to solely think about the enjoyable Tim Jordan may have selecting names. The one query left to reply is, will the following Max 8 be a fella or a sheila?
Will you be flying Bonza later this 12 months? We’d love to listen to about it!