Bonza is an ultra-low-cost domestic airline in Australia. They're planning to begin flights by October 2022 and are currently expecting to receive their Air Operator's Certificate (AOC). The airline is aiming to offer customers services between unserved destinations as well as offering low ticket prices. The airline plans on initially beginning services to 17 destinations across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, offering 27 route pairs. The airline is headed on the Sunshine Coast and plans on basing the majority of its services from Sunshine Coast Airport with some additional operations at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. Bonza has ordered and intends to use a fleet of Boeing 737-MAX8 aircraft on all of its services.
Bonza plans to utilise the Fly Bonza app and have it as the only place to book flights with the airline. The only exception is travel agents that are local to the Sunshine Coast.
CEO, Tim Jordan, has expressed interest for Bonza to operate to over 40 airports in various states and territories across Australia. The airline launched a survey for potential passengers to respond informing the company of their preferred destinations for the airline. As of May 2022, Bonza announced an initial route map of 27 routes spread across 17 destinations within Australia. Bonza states their focus will be on point-to-point travel, opting to avoid a stop-over. This is a model which Australian-based airlines tend to favour. The airline has also stated that currently, 93% of the routes that Bonza is flying to, are not already being served by other airlines.
|New South Wales||Albury||Albury Airport|
|Coffs Harbour||Coffs Harbour Airport|
|Port Macquarie||Port Macquarie Airport|
|Sunshine Coast||Sunshine Coast Airport|
|Toowoomba Wellcamp||Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport|
|Whitsunday Coast||Proserpine Airport|
|Melbourne||Melbourne Tullamarine Airport|
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The carry-on baggage allowance has yet to be announced. More information will follow when the airline launches.
As a general rule, carry-on baggage must not exceed the permitted weight and size limit. Any items exceeding the limit must be transported as checked baggage. All carry-on items are subject to airport security.
No prohibited items are allowed onto the aircraft including any sharp items or fluid over 100ml.
Bonza has stated that they will not offer checked baggage as standard, meaning that this will come at an additional cost if required. More information regarding the cost, allowances and ticket types will follow once the airline launches later in 2022.
Checked baggage must not weigh more than 32kg (70lb) as the airline won't be accepting overweight baggage for health and safety reasons.
If you wish to travel with more checked baggage, you may be able to add excess baggage to your booking.
Bonza have announced that food service will be available on board it's Boeing 737-MAX, with an all-Aussie theme, however, specific menus have not yet been finalised.
Online check-in has yet to become available, please visit the airline website closer to the airline launch for more information. However, the airline offers an app for its Australian passengers, meaning that check-in facilities may be enabled for smartphone devices upon the launch of services.
You're recommended to check-in online as it saves time queuing at the airport. You might be able to obtain your boarding pass once the online check-in is completed.
Your travel documentation and flight details will be needed to complete the online check-in. Please note that not all passengers are eligible for online check-in, if you're not eligible, you must check-in at the airport.
The airport check-in deadline has yet to be announced. Please visit the airport website for more information.
At Alternative Airlines, we recommend that you arrive at the airport 2 hours before for domestic flights and 3 hours before the departure time for international flights. This will leave you plenty of time to complete check-in, go through security and arrive at the boarding gate.
Bonza has stated that as they will be operating as a low-cost airline, they will not offer a frequent flyer program.
Bonza isn't currently part of an airline alliance and is not expected to join one as it is operating under the low-cost business model.
Bonza is planning to utilize a fleet of Boeing 737-MAX8 aircraft, a narrowbody aircraft capable of flying short to medium-haul routes and carrying 186 passengers per aircraft. The fleet is set to expand in the year following Bonza's launch. The first aircraft within the fleet has been named 'Shazza', following a vote amongst the Australian community to decide on an appropriate ultra-Aussie name for the first Boeing 737 MAX to adopt! Bonza will be the first Australian airline to operate the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY)
Bonza will be headquartered on the Sunshine Coast and plans on operating a majority of services out of Sunshine Coast Airport with some additional operations out of Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. Sunshine Coast Airport is an airport in south-eastern Queensland operating with a single runway. The airport is currently served by Air New Zealand, Alliance Airlines, FlyPellican, Jetstar, QantasLink and Virgin Australia with services across Australia and New Zealand. The airport is linked to downtown Sunshine Coast via an airport shuttle and the Sunbus route 622 service as well as connections to the regional road network.
Bonza Airlines have announced that they will not have a frequent flyer programme as they are operating as a low-cost carrier.
The airline's hub airport will be the Sunshine Coast Airport, however, a secondary service will operate out of Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.