Bonza gets its second 737 Max and gets one step closer to the big launch. The airline was supposed to start its operations in the second quarter of 2022, but it had to postpone it to the end of the year. According to an article published by Australian Aviation on the 3rd of September, the airline was still planning to launch in September, however, that still hasn’t been possible.
The airline is still waiting on its AOC
The article also mentions that Bonza is still waiting for its Air Operations Certificate. This is a Certificate issued in Australia by CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) which enables an aircraft operator to start its commercial operations. To get this important certificate, airlines need to provide information about their personnel, assets and the systems in place to ensure the functioning of the airline.
Without an AOC, airlines cannot operate. The article says Bonza is still waiting for its AOC, so that may be the reason behind their launching delay.
The airline has registered its second 737 Max
Also, according to Australian Aviation, Bonza registered its second Max 737 Max at the beginning of September. The new VH-IUK has been spotted flying around Seattle, which is closer to the Boeing base. The article says this aircraft may be the one that will start Bonza’s operations.
The airline had its first 737 Max delivered in early July. This aircraft is reportedly intended as a backup. These are the first 2 of 8 aircraft the company will own to complete its fleet.
Bonza will fly 27 point-to-point routes to 17 new destinations. The airline won’t be competing directly with major airlines such as Qantas or Virgin. Most of its destinations are not currently served by these airlines. This will open the tourism door to Australia’s regional areas, providing new options for those who want a quieter holiday far from the usual tourist traps.