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Exclusive: Bonza set for imminent launch as it seeks 200 cabin crew

written by Adam Thorn | June 29, 2022

Bonza has given its biggest hint yet that it will start flying in weeks after it said it was seeking 200 cabin crew to start “immediately”.

The airline was originally targeting a mid-year launch, but in May hinted that was likely to have slipped back to September. Today’s news seems to confirm the airline’s start date will not slip back any further, or could even come sooner than expected.

The new adverts seek customer-facing cabin crew and supervisors to work from its home bases on the Sunshine Coast and in Melbourne.

Bonza said candidates would ideally have 12 or more months of experience on B737, Airbus or E-Jets, but would accept those new to the industry.


Candidates must also be over 18, able to pass respiratory tests, proficient swimmers, and able to reach up to 180cm.

You can find out more and apply here. The development comes after Bonza CEO and co-founder Tim Jordan said demand for jobs at Bonza had exceeded expectations, with the business picking up employees who wanted to jump ship from rivals.

Bonza’s push for staff to start straight away comes as Australia’s aviation industry has been grappling with a severe skill shortage spurred on by COVID redundancies and early retirements.

The lack of employees was thought to contribute to airport delays at Easter, which were later recognised as the worst since records began.

In June, both Emirates and Sydney Airport made major attempts to woo prospective employees.

“Fifteen thousand jobs were lost at the airport during the pandemic and even though everyone started recruiting heavily when borders looked like opening, we’ve still got 5,000 roles to fill,” said Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert this month.

“Our security contractor and ground handlers have been advertising jobs since December and have brought 500 staff on board since the start of the year but they have another 1,200 roles to go, which is incredibly challenging in this market.”

Emirates, meanwhile, held three open days across Australia to recruit cabin crew to be based in Dubai.

The airline said successful candidates would enjoy a tax-free salary, free accommodation, and excellent medical cover, with average starting pay of nearly 4,000 AUD per month.


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Comments (3)

  • Kenneth


    When will Bonza reveal the expected delivery date of their first aircraft? Delayed startup was due to delayed delivery correct? And delivery date hasn’t been revealed yet, as far as I know ??‍♂️
    No aircraft no operation ?
    I wish them well, will be interesting to follow their progress and hopefully success

  • Craig


    They don’t have an AOC yet, so hiring staff now is a bit of a gamble.

    Let’s see what September brings for them……

  • Warwick


    Is this mob buying brand new jets, or leasing second-hand Boeing 737-800MAX?

    There’s a photo doing the rounds of a previously owned LOT Polish Airlines one, supposedly with word ‘Bonza’ on tail, but rest of aircraft is cleaned back to the metal. Odd somewhat.

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