Bonza, a new independent low-cost airline, will launch Down Under with a “highly efficient” Boeing 737-8 aircraft “enabling passengers to fly at ultra-low prices while significantly reducing their carbon footprint”.
The airline’s introduction is expected to increase competition in the market, which should provide greater travel choices and bargains for Aussie holidaymakers.
Bonza founder and CEO Tim Jordan said: “Bonza’s mission is to encourage more travel by providing more choices and ultra-low fares, particularly into leisure destinations where travel is now often limited to connections via major cities.”
Bonza, a new independent low-cost airline, is preparing to launch in Australia next year. Picture: Bonza
The CEO has even promised new services for travellers as Australia looks to move forward from the coronavirus pandemic through high rates of vaccination.
“Bonza will deliver enormous benefits to all Australians, but particularly to regional communities by providing new routes and greater travel opportunities,” Mr Jordan said.
“Bonza will also play a leading role in Australia’s post-pandemic economic recovery – creating jobs, stimulating travel and consumer spending and helping regional communities, especially those that rely on tourism, get back on their feet.”
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Mr Jordan has more than 25 years of experience in the aviation industry and worked with low-cost carriers Cebu Pacific and Virgin Blue.
He was most recently the managing director of FlyArystan, the first low-cost carrier in Central Asia.
Bonza’s service launch is anticipated in early 2022, subject to necessary regulatory approvals.
The airline is backed by United States private investment firm 777 Partners, who also invest in Canada’s only independent low-fare airline, Flair Airlines and the Southeast Asian-based Value Alliance.
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“There is a huge opportunity to both do good and do well by democratising air travel through lower costs,” Josh Wander, Managing Partner at 777 Partners said.
“We want to increase consumer choice and make travel more affordable and more accessible for all Australians.
“We see huge potential in the Australian market to deliver the benefits and options that an independent low-fare airline brings.
“Tim and his management team are the right people at the right time to deliver affordable airfares to the Australian market and we’re proud to partner with him.”
Jetstar, which is owned by Qantas, is Australia’s only low-cost carrier as it stands. Tigerair, which was the nation’s other budget airline, was discontinued as the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe.
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