Australia’s new low-cost airline is called Bonza and the first plane has been named Shazza

A new low cost airline is coming to Australia and the name is pretty darn amazing.

Bonza is the new company taking over Down Under and you can expect to find decent flights all over the country.

While airlines usually name their planes after something iconic, Bonza decided to dig into Australia’s rich culture and come up with a brilliant nickname.

They relied on the power of people to come up with something arguably better than Planey McPlaneFace.

The company wrote on its Facebook page: “Australians love nicknames and you gave us loads of suggestions when we asked for your help naming the plane.”

News Corp reports that many people came up with their ideas, with some people suggesting “Sunny”, “Purple Rippa”, “Sunny Boy” and “Digger”.

However, Bonza found an absolute gem and decided to go with it.

“So today, we’re thrilled to announce that our newest purple beauty’s name is…Shazza!” wrote the airline. “It doesn’t get any more Australian than that.”

The airline is due to launch in October and will be Australia’s “only independent budget airline”, according to nine.com.au.

They will mainly serve “secondary or regional airports” and will target “underutilized routes in the leisure market that are not overly dominated by competitors”.

They promise to offer “ultra-low air fares” without having to do things like “loyalty programs” or “lounge access”.

You’ll be able to get 8kg of free hand luggage, but expect to dip into your wallet for anything over that, depending on the destination.

Finder travel expert Angus Kidman told news.com.au that Bonza could help bring down prices for flights across Australia.

“The competition is great, and I will definitely try some of the cheaper and more unusual Bonza routes at launch,” he said.

“But I would be fine with paying $99 more often than $19.”

He added: ‘Bonza operates a maximum of five flights per week between any pair of destinations, so this will not appeal to business passengers who want a quick work trip.

“It does not yet offer services to Sydney, Australia’s largest city.”

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