The inaugural route is the first of 27 to be gradually rolled out to a total of 17 destinations after Bonza went on sale last week with flights starting from $49 to $79 per person (one way).
The historic flight is said to be a game changer for both tourism markets as well as friends and family who can ditch the 12 hour drive in place of a direct flight.
“Our team of legends couldn’t be more excited to begin connecting Aussies for holidays and time with loved ones. What better place to start than arguably two of the country’s favourite holiday destinations,” said Bonza CEO, Tim Jordan.
“Whether you are snorkelling the Whitsunday Islands or grabbing a cold one in the craft beer capital of Australia – the Sunshine Coast – we are humbled to take you there.
“Today’s milestone flight comes at a time where demand is high for Aussies to explore their own backyard,” Jordan said.
He said he is thrilled to deliver on Bonza’s promise of stimulating new tourism markets by serving underserved regional communities.
Jordan also revealed that since going on sale days earlier, Aussies had embraced the opportunity to book a seat on the app with over 10,000 seats sold.
“What our first customers will experience onboard is a fresh approach to flying where we keep the bar high on quality, and our costs low,” he said.
The onboard experience includes an all Aussie menu with items ordered on demand from the Fly Bonza app and delivered directly to customers’ seats.