Bonza: Australia’s Newest Airline – AIR072


Bonza is a new Australian start-up airline with big plans to carve its own niche out of the Australian domestic aviation market when it launches in the second quarter of 2022.

Operating a small fleet of Boeing 737-MAX 8s with 186 Economy seats each, Bonza won’t be competing with Qantas and Virgin for business travellers. Instead, it plans to stimulate demand for leisure travel on new routes that aren’t already being serviced to their full potential.

To learn more about Bonza’s plans to launch in Australia, Matt spoke to the airline’s CEO Tim Jordan on this episode of the AFF on Air podcast.

Also in this episode, Australia’s international borders will begin to reopen from next week! While this is great news for so many people, some challenges remain. Some Australians are encountering challenges with bringing family members to the country, and getting home has just become even harder for Aussies stuck in countries where the only available vaccines are not recognised by Australia’s TGA.


Episode contents:

  • 1:23 – Fortnightly news round-up
  • 14:17 – Interview with Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza Airlines
  • 32:07 – Interview with podcast listener Orlando about the difficult of getting parents to Australia
  • 39:01 – The challenge of returning to Australia from countries without TGA-recognised vaccines available
  • 44:18 – Ask Matt: When will the Singapore Airlines lounges reopen?




Frequent Flyer Gazette articles referenced in the fortnightly news round-up:

Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

You can contact Matt at [email protected]