Sunshine Coast Airport has unveiled its new logo and corporate branding to coincide with the delivery of its new tenant Bonza’s first aircraft.
The airport dubbed Monday a “new brand day” as it celebrated both the rollout of its new branding across its website and social media sites, as well as Bonza’s first 737 MAX, which touched down at the airport early in the morning.
“It’s a momentous day for Sunshine Coast Airport with the unveiling of a new airport brand and the arrival of Bonza’s first branded aircraft flight AB001 into the Sunshine Coast,” Sunshine Coast Airport chief executive Andrew Brodie said.
“Our new logo and brand identity is not just about changing the way we look — it’s about reflecting on who we are and the journey we are about to embark on.”
It also comes as the airport, and greater region, gears up to welcome tens of thousands of spectators at venues across South East Queensland for the 2032 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
With the Sunshine Coast’s four key venues, the region could host up to six Olympic events including football, basketball, marathon, mountain biking, cycling, and kiteboarding, making the airport a key gateway for domestic and international arrivals.
As such, Sunshine Coast Airport has plans to invest up to $500 million in infrastructure to prepare and to boost the regional economy.
This include a major terminal redevelopment, an expansion of the Aerospace Precinct. and the development of the Southern Gateway Precinct.
“We will continue to make thoughtful choices that shape the future of our wider region — knowing the actions we take and the experiences we create, bringing us closer to becoming the natural choice for the Sunshine Coast and beyond,” Brodie said.
“We proudly sit at the heart of one of the most naturally engaging places in the world and our new brand is about celebrating this.
“Our airport embraces its role as an economic enabler, and we relish our place at the heart of a thriving region.”
It comes after Bonza confirmed that its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft has landed on the Sunshine Coast on Monday morning, as the budget startup speeds towards its commercial launch in “late” September.
VH-UJT departed Boeing Field in Seattle on Friday afternoon local time, making its way towards Australia — via Honolulu and Nadi — as flight AB001.
“We are beyond excited to welcome our first aircraft to Sunshine Coast Airport and with so much buzz around the country for Bonza, we hope today is also exciting for the communities we’ll be flying to,” said Bonza chief executive Tim Jordan.
“Our team of legends have been working hard behind the scenes to reach this significant milestone and so it was important that we were all here to welcome flight AB 001 together,” said Jordan.
“We are now one important step closer to connecting more Australians with convenient low cost travel options to more destinations for holidays and to visit loved ones.”
Bonza is still in the process of securing its Air Operators Certificate, with the process expected to be soon wrapped up in light of the delivery of its first aircraft — a key step in the AOC process.
The airline appears on-track for a “late” September launch, where it will begin operating 27 point-to-point routes to 17 destinations throughout Australia from its dual bases in Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast.