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First Bonza NSW-bound flight touches down in Newcastle


Direct flights between the Sunshine Coast and Newcastle began on Tuesday, with Bonza passengers treated to a taste of Hunter Valley produce upon arrival. 

The 28 March morning flight was the airline’s first into NSW. 

Bonza CEO Tim Jordan said the milestone was an opportunity to showcase the region’s best wares.  

“This is our eighth route to launch and so far the feedback has been really positive,” he said.  

“Our customers say they love our brand new aircraft and the service from our cabin crew legends.  

“Perhaps the most popular part of the experience is our all-Aussie menu ordered through the Fly Bonza app and delivered directly to the customer’s seat.  

“This is where partners like Sirromet Wines are reaching new markets and in doing so, whetting the appetite for travellers to explore their own backyards.”  

Hunter Valley wines
Cheers: Bonza CEO Tim Jordan welcomes his first passengers with Sirromet Wines.

Tuesday’s launch follows news that the low-cost carrier had reached 100,000 seats sold last week. 

“We’re the first airline to launch with an app first strategy so it has been encouraging to see so many Australians embracing this new way of booking and travelling,” Mr Jordan added.  

“The sky’s the limit when it comes to how the app develops in time to better meet travellers needs.  

“We welcome feedback from our customers on what they want to see from our app-based booking and check-in process to in-flight entertainment, food, booze and merch they want to purchase when onboard.”  

Bonza will operate four flights per week between the Whitsunday Coast Airport, also known as Proserpine Airport, and Newcastle Airport.  

On Thursday 30 March, it will launch the first-ever Newcastle to Whitsunday Coast flight – the same day as its Melbourne Tullamarine base launches.  

Newcastle Airport CEO Peter Cock said this milestone flight marked the beginning of a new era in regional air travel, with Bonza delivering its service to underserved communities. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Queensland travellers to Newcastle Airport, the doorstep to the beautiful Hunter Region,” said Dr Cock. 

“Whether tourists want to sample the produce of the Hunter Valley, explore our world-class city, or experience the nature of Port Stephens – our region has it all and is a perfect holiday destination for those looking for diversity and adventure.” 

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