Aviation

Bonza announce key new hires in preparation for lift-off

Budget airline, Bonza, have announced some key hires today in preparation for the airlines launch early next year.

The new hires include an array of high profile jobs that will facilitate the airline as it prepares for take-off.

Joining the Bonza team is:

  • Carla Cations, head of people and culture: Carla will work across the airline to help Bonza deliver the best experience for its people. She joins from Moreton Bay Council where she led business partnering, recruitment and onboarding.
  • Neville Hodges, head of flying operations: Neville will oversee safety, flight crew, relationships with regulators and help contribute towards customer experience. He joins from Air Hong Kong where he worked as chief training captain for 12 years.
  • Melissa Wilson, head of airport operations: Melissa is focused on improving customer experience at the airport. She joins Bonza from Swissport which included low-cost carrier experience and prior to that was at Air New Zealand.
  • Mark Davies, head of engineering and maintenance: Mark will focus on Bonza’s aircrafts, including maintenance programs, operational reliability and the resulting customer experience. He joins from Coulson Aviation Australia where he is head of airworthiness and aircraft maintenance control.
  • Ellen Pickett, head of finance: Ellen will cover all things finance with a focus on cost control. She joins Bonza from Superloop as head of business finance partnering.

The low-cost air carrier has had nearly 4,000 job seekers register their interest in future roles.

CEO of Bonza, Tim Jordan, is excited about the approaching launch day and the new onboarding members of staff.

“As we get closer to taking flight in 2022, we’re thrilled to be adding several key members of the Bonza team,” he said.

“We welcome each of them to our team of Bonza legends. They are all experts in their field with best-in-class experience, the right culture fit and a shared focus to create new travel opportunities for ‘Allstralia’.

“We look forward to further growing the team of Bonza legends in the coming weeks and months ahead,” said Jordan.

The new hires comes after Bonza announced its leadership team last month including Peter McNally as chief operating officer, Carly Povey as chief commercial officer and Lidia Valenzuela as chief financial officer.


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