Low-fare operator Bonza has been cleared for take-off by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority which has issued it an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC).
The AOC is the regulatory approval required by Bonza to fly scheduled passenger-carrying flights in Australia.
A specialist CASA group has been working with Bonza because it submitted its utility final yr, progressively assessing varied parts and offering suggestions.
CASA Director of Aviation Safety and Chief Executive Officer Pip Spence mentioned Bonza went via a rigorous evaluation and validation course of to make sure it may function safely.
‘We congratulate Bonza on receiving its air operator’s certificates,’ Ms Spence added.
CASA said that the CASA and Bonza groups collaborated all through the appliance to make sure that the airline’s operations fulfilled Australia’s stringent aviation security necessities.
“I’d want to express my gratitude to Bonza for their willingness to collaborate with us on this challenging procedure.”
According to Ms Spence, the AOC process was created to ensure that everybody boarding an aeroplane in Australia may accomplish that with confidence and the knowledge that they might be travelling securely.
“In Australia, all commercial operators are expected to go through this procedure, which assesses how the operator will satisfy the appropriate safety requirements,” she defined.
“Our evaluation includes a comprehensive analysis of technical documents and verification and testing. The procedure determines if the airline has the necessary facilities, processes, and adequately educated staff to comply with its operations manual. It entails completing safety evaluations of the carrier’s intended activities, infrastructure, aircraft, and aerodromes. Australia has one of the safest aviation businesses in the world, and passengers should feel confident that when they board a Bonza aircraft, the operator has been thoroughly evaluated to ensure that it meets the same safety standards as other Australian airlines.”
Bonza’s chief govt Tim Jordan described it as a “historic moment for Australian aviation”.
“The excitement for what we are about to deliver is palpable, and the timing couldn’t be better,” he mentioned.
“Demand for domestic travel is high, and Aussies deserve for travel to be a basic right for many, not a luxury for the few.”
Bonza’s preliminary route map contains 17 locations and 27 routes, 93% of which nonetheless should be coated by one other airline, and 96% nonetheless want a low-cost service.
Bonza flights will quickly go on sale with its Sunshine Coast base adopted by its Melbourne base, Mr Jordan mentioned.