MEET BAZZA: Bonza welcomes second aircraft, registers third

MEET BAZZA: Bonza welcomes second aircraft, registers third

Bonza’s second aircraft touched down at Sunshine Coast Airport this morning as the new low-cost carrier continues with its preparations for wheels up.

The aircraft is already known as Bazza following a national call out for nicknames – which also led to the naming of Bonza’s first aircraft, Shazza.

The very Aussie nickname gained international media attention when Shazza arrived in August.

“With the help of our future customers and our local legend ambassadors, we’ve named our fleet with some very Aussie nicknames. The true blue names have given each plane their own personalities and our team of legends affectionately refer to the first two as Shazza and Bazza,” said Carly Povey, chief commercial officer at Bonza.

“We’re now getting prepared to welcome our third aircraft and next week, we’ll be calling out on our social channels for Aussies to vote for their favourite name.”

Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Andrew Brodie echoed Povey’s sentiments: “Bonza’s second aircraft arrival is another exciting step toward flights from the low-cost carrier’s home base here at Sunshine Coast Airport, and we look forward to services commencing in the near future.

“Bonza will directly connect our wider region to 13 destinations, 10 of which have never previously been serviced before, giving residents of South-East Queensland an opportunity to travel through Sunshine Coast Airport to the rest of Australia”.

Australian Aviation reported that Bonza quietly registered a third 737 MAX with Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The new aircraft, VH-UBI, will join Bonza’s other planes, ‘Bazza’ and ‘Shazza’.

The airline initially planned to launch with two to three MAX’s before increasing its target to eight. A fleet of three will be enough to have a staggered start for its 27 largely un-serviced routes.

On top of the new aircrafts, Bonza recently launched its new travel agent portal and is welcoming agents to register now in preparation for flights going on sale.

Travel agents will be the only non-direct way to book with the airline taking an ‘app first’ approach.

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