SYDNEY, AUSTRALIAAustralian low-cost startup Bonza announced plans to start operations from early 2022 with Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets.

In March, Bonza ordered 24 737 MAX 8s and took options to buy 60 more of the same type.

“Bonza’s mission is to encourage more travel by providing more choices and ultra-low fares, particularly into leisure destinations where travel is now often limited to connections via major cities,” said Bonza's CEO Tim Jordan, who previously acted as the managing director of Air Astana's low-cost unit FlyArystan.

“Bonza will deliver enormous benefits to all Australians, but particularly to regional communities by providing new routes and greater travel opportunities. Bonza will also play a leading role in Australia’s post-pandemic economic recovery – creating jobs, stimulating travel and consumer spending, and helping regional communities, especially those that rely on tourism, get back on their feet,” Jordan added.

Bonza means excellent or first-rate in Australian slang.