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Bonza CEO’s big plans after bumpy start for airline

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It’s been six months since Bonza launched, promising low cost flights between regional cities. But as CEO Tim Jordan tells Ticker’s Ahron Young, it hasn’t been all clear skies.

Start an airline, they say. Fourteen years after originally having the idea for Bonza, Tim Jordan is still navigating Australia’s notoriously difficult aviation market.

And the recovery from the pandemic isn’t helping. From delays in securing airline parts, to dealing with staff shortages, Bonza is trying to build a reputation as a positive force in the airline industry, while battling against the realities of flying.

Bonza launched in Australia with four aircraft on nearly 30 routes, but after six months, they have had to pull back to three (and a half) aircraft, while reducing routes by five.

Bonza CEO Tim Jordan acknowledges the rocky start but says more aircraft due to enter service by the end of the year will help the airline with its growth strategy.

“It was a great idea 14 years ago, and it’s an even better idea now,” says Jordan.

“Certainly, we, we, as an airline, we as a business, all of us within the airline, we aspire to do things very well.

“As, you know, the definition of Bonza is a great thing well executed. We cannot be Bonza if we don’t deliver Bonza.

“And with that in mind over the last couple of months, we probably let ourselves down and let our customers down. And very importantly, Team Bonza are as well.”

Making it right

Jordan says it’s an issue which the team is urgently addressing.

“That’s not something we’re very comfortable with. So what we put in place last week, was we’ve effectively been flying with our four aircraft. We’ve been flying about three and a half aircraft worth schedule.
Unfortunately, when you lose an aircraft because of a bird strike or because of because of a mechanical issue, you don’t lose half an aircraft, you lose a whole aircraft.”

Jordan says the company has decided to withdraw from some routs so the airline can focus on punctuality and reliability.

“So what we’ve effectively done is pullback our scheduled operations from three and a half aircraft back down to three. That gives us the dedicated spare aircraft that we need for it for times of disruption when we need to make sure customers get on their way in a timely way and we deliver to our customers but also to our crews.”

 

 

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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