Australian Bonza pledges to build up to 8 planes in year one

Bonza will not be competing on the main roads in Australia but is trying to carve out his own niche. (IMAGE: Bonza)

Australian start-up Bonza has announced that it will operate, subject to regulatory approval, up to eight aircraft in its first 12 months of operation. Speaking at the CAPA Australia-Pacific Aviation Summit 2021 in Sydney, CEO Tim Jordan is expected to share the low-cost carrier’s commitment to better connect Australia, including regions, with this latest announcement.

The plane will be the 737 MAX 8 and they will be leased to 777 Partners – Bonza investors who operate their own leasing company. Bonza is currently in talks with many Australian airports, so an announcement of initial routes and aircraft bases is expected to follow in the coming weeks.

Boeing announced last week that Miami-based 777 Partners had agreed to purchase 30 more 737 MAX jets, which would nearly double the private equity firm’s backlog for the plane. The order, valued at US $ 3.7 billion at list price, is a potential boost for the aircraft maker, which last month said it delivered 212,737 MAX this year, while its larger 787 remains on the line. key due to production issues.

“We are delighted to share our commitment to operate up to eight aircraft in the first 12 months of operation. This is another way we are focused on creating new market growth opportunities for Australian regional destinations, better connecting across Australia and, in turn, boosting direct and indirect employment opportunities. for the aviation and tourism industry, ”said Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza.

The planes will each have 186 economy seats on board and will be very fuel efficient, which will help keep fares low for future Bonza travelers, while also producing less emissions than older planes. Jordan will also participate in a roundtable at today’s industry summit on the prospects for the domestic market, including airline competition and new routes.

“Today is an exciting day for Bonza. We are very happy and honored to attend the Summit to discuss the next phase of the aviation and tourism sector rebound,” Jordan added.

Last week, Bonza announced several key hires, including its Head of Human Resources and Culture, Head of Flight Operations, Head of Airport Operations, Head of Engineering and Maintenance, and Head of Finance. . These appointments Tim Jordan as CEO, Carly Povey as Commercial Director, Peter McNally as COO and Lidia Valenzuela as CFO.

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