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  • Joe Breitfeller

Australia’s New Carrier Bonza Takes Delivery of Their First Boeing 737-8 MAX

Bonza has taken delivery of their first Boeing 737-8 MAX today, becoming Australia’s first operator of the type. The carrier held an arrival ceremony to celebrate the milestone delivery at their Sunshine Coast base.


Bonza's First Boeing 737-8 MAX Touches Down at Their Sunshine Coast Airport Base on Monday, August 1st, 2022 - Courtesy Bonza

On Monday (August 1, 2022), Boeing announced the delivery of the first 737-8 MAX airplane to new Australian carrier Bonza, which will become the first airline in Australia to fly the MAX. Flight AB 001 landed at Bonza’s Sunshine Coast Airport base, where the company held an arrival ceremony to celebrate the milestone occasion. The aircraft will be part of Bonza’s brand new fuel-efficient fleet and will initially be based on the Sunshine Coast and in Melbourne. Now that the airplane has arrived, its interior will be fitted out by Australians locally. The new airplane will welcome Aussie travelers to an initial 17 destinations on 27 routes, subject to regulatory approval. Bonza is calling on Australians to let them ‘nick their nicknames’ as they search for the perfect name for the plane on their social media platforms.


In today’s announcment, Bonza’s CEO, Tim Jordan, said,


“We are beyond excited to welcome our first 737 MAX to Sunshine Coast Airport and with so much buzz around the country for Bonza, we hope today is also exciting for the communities we’ll be flying to. Our teams have been working hard behind the scenes to reach this significant milestone and we cannot wait to launch operations in the near future. The efficiency, reliability and overall capability of the 737 MAX will enable us to provide our customers with low-cost flights and the highest level of comfort onboard.”


Also commenting on the milestone delivery, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing – Asia Pacific, Christy Reese, added,


“This is a tremendous milestone for Bonza and Boeing as the airline joins many operators around the world who have launched service with the 737 MAX. Bonza has created a new business model to create new markets in Australia’s dynamic commercial aviation market. We are confident that the fuel-efficient 737-8 airplanes will enable the airline to provide their passengers with a comfortable flying experience and a more sustainable option to travel throughout the country.”

The new Boeing 737-8 will enable Bonza to optimize domestic operations, while reducing fuel use and carbon emissions by 20 percent and creating a 50 percent smaller noise footprint compared to previous generation airplanes. The 737 MAX Family is powered by the latest CFM LEAP-1B engines, advanced technology winglets and other aerodynamic enhancements, which combine to reduce operating costs and emissions. Bonza has signaled a commitment to add seven Boeing 737 MAX airplanes to their fleet within the first year of operation.


Bonza Celebrates Arrival of Their First Boeing 737-8 MAX on Monday, August 1st, 2022 - Courtesy Bonza

Boeing (NYSE: BA) is one of the world’s largest aerospace company and leading supplier of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, as well as global services. The aerospace giant tops the list of the largest U.S. exporters, providing a significant positive impact to America’s annual GDP. Boeing supports government and commercial customers in over 150 countries and employs more than 160,000 team members worldwide. As Boeing continues to deliver for customers, they are committed to their legacy of aerospace leadership in technology and innovation and living the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity.



Source(s): Boeing/PRNewswire, Bonza