Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) has seen some of its Canadian traffic being syphoned by U.S. carriers with vacation flights leaving from close-by U.S. cities like Buffalo, New York. Canadian citizens have been crossing the border to catch the cheaper flights at these close-by U.S. airports. Now the Canadian carrier has decided to do the same thing.
The carrier is introducing two new services in association with Sunwing Vacations. Departing from Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) on Saturdays, services to Cancun International Airport (CUN) will begin on January 17, 2015 and operate until May 9, 2015, while flights to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) will be available between February 14, 2015 and May 9, 2015.
The new routes represent the first direct scheduled international destinations to be offered, increasing the number of airports accessible via a direct connection from Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Sunwing Airlines’ nonstop flights are operated on Boeing 737-800 series aircraft which seat 189 passengers.
According to the carrier, these “low cost, high frills” flights enable travellers to start off their vacation in style with a complimentary welcome glass of champagne. Passengers will also be able to sit back and relax while enjoying award winning onboard service along with Hot & Fresh Bistro meals served with a choice of wine plus complimentary in-flight entertainment and children’s activity kits.
Sunwing travellers departing from Buffalo this winter will be able to choose from a broad selection of all-inclusive vacation packages in both Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Cancun, Mexico. Offering an array of properties and exclusive products to suit a number of different tastes and budgets ranging from adults only to group and family vacations, Sunwing resorts in both locations stand out for their beachfront settings, wealth of land and water sports, varied dining options and children’s activities.
Introductory pricing for a one-week vacation from Buffalo to Cancun starts from just $1135 + $140 taxes per person, based on double occupancy at Oasis Tulum departing on January 17, 2015. Buffalo departures to Punta Cana start from just $1195 + $170 taxes per person, based on double occupancy at Vista Sol Punta Cana departing on May 2, 2015.
All Sunwing Vacations packages include award winning Sunwing Airlines’ Champagne Service, which features a complimentary glass of champagne, hot towel service, Hot & Fresh Bistro meals™ served with a choice of wine at lunch and dinner, and complimentary in-flight entertainment, including first run movies and a generous 20 kg free baggage allowance. For just $40 more per flight segment, travellers can upgrade to Sunwing’s Elite Plus service, which features advance seat selection, separate check-in at a majority of airports, advance boarding, 30 kg baggage allowance, priority baggage handling, and extra legroom seats.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86Q C-FEAK (msn 30292) taxies at Palma de Mallorca on a summer lease.
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto) has taken delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 (737-81D C-GNCH, msn 39438) (above) with a new Sky Interior direct from Boeing. The airline issued this statement:
“Sunwing Airlines is pleased to announce it has taken delivery of its newest aircraft directly from the Boeing facility in Seattle. Earlier this month, Sunwing representatives travelled to the Seattle headquarters of Boeing to pick up their latest aircraft — the state-of-the-art 737-800 Boeing plane which is configured within Sunwing fleet specification to accommodate 189 passengers. Sunwing Captain, John Hudson and crew operated the brand new aircraft carrying the Sunwing representatives from Seattle to Toronto.
The Next-Generation aircraft contains most modern interior features such as an innovative cabin mood lighting system, pivoting overhead stowage bins that add to the openness of the cabin, as well as advanced-technology wing design that helps increase fuel capacity and efficiency. After leaving Boeing, the 737-800 series plane was retrofitted with the Split Scimitar Winglets technology prior to its integration into Sunwing Airlines flight operations. This technology improves performance of the aircraft and decreases fuel burn by approximately seven per cent over the same aircraft with no Winglets.”
Top Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-81D C-GNCH taxies at Boeing Field (King County) in Seattle on a clear day.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Sunwing Airlines.
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson0 has announced the addition of a new nonstop flights this January from Toronto (Pearson) to Samana, Dominican Republic.
According to the airline, “Samana is known as the top whale watching destination, travellers flock to Samana between January and March every year to seek out a once in a lifetime experience — to see the almighty humpback whales. These majestic creatures travel from the North Atlantic to Samana to mate and give birth, a truly spectacular site. Guests can also discover the breathtaking El Salto del Limón waterfall, one of the highest in the Caribbean. When venturing to this 131 foot tall waterfall, thrill seekers begin first by horseback at the edges of the Limon River, passing by various waterfalls and tropical rainforest then reaching El Limon where participants have a chance to take a refreshing dip in the waterfall and cool off.”
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Sunwing is partnering and promoting the Palace Resorts. Boeing 737-8Q8 WL C-GTVG (man 30719) wears a special “Palace Resorts – US $1500 Receive Resort Credit” promotional scheme.
Route Map: Sunwing from Toronto serves the top winter destinations in Florida, Mexico, Central America, the Bahamas and the Caribbean:
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Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) (Toronto-Pearson) will increase its flying schedule from Winnipeg by adding nonstop flights to Freeport, Grand Bahama this winter and further expanding its operation from the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport by opening a seasonal base. The opening of this base will result in recruitment of over 60 crew members from within the local community.
Sunwing has been operating from Winnipeg since 2006 when it introduced nonstop flights to Cancun, Mexico. Today, the airline takes Winnipeg travelers to several popular vacation hotspots in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico and now Grand Bahama starting this winter.
Sunwing Airlines will offer weekly flights to Grand Bahama starting January 18, 2014 until the end of March.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8K5 WL C-GDBX (msn 33699) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Sunwing Airlines to operate weekly vacation flights for Kelowna, BC to Ixtapa, Mexico for this winter season
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) is planning to launch a new route from Kelowna, British Columbia to Ixtapa, Mexico for the upcoming winter season. Flights from Kelowna to Ixtapa will start on Thursday, December 19, 2013 and operate weekly until March 27, 2014.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Sunwing expands its fleet during it busy winter season adding extra Boeing 737-800s from European carriers who experience slower demand during their winter seasons. This creates a variety of hybrid color schemes during the winter months. One example is this Boeing 737-8K5 C-FYUH (msn 34689) leased from TUIfly in their colors but with Sunwing markings.
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) will operate weekly nonstop flights this coming winter season from Halifax, Nova Scotia to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida. The flights will depart on Wednesdays from February 5, 2014 until April 30, 2014.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8K5 C-FRZG (msn 35139) in the special Oasis livery taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto) has announced plans to retrofit the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737-800 this Winter with Split Scimitar Winglets. When applied to the existing “curved tipped” Blended Winglets, the Split Scimitar Winglet upgrade adds strengthened spars, aerodynamic ‘curved’ tips, and a large ventral fin, which improves performance and decreases fuel burn by approximately 7%. “We feel we have a responsibility as a market leader in Canada to continue investing in technology which reduces our environmental impact”, said Stephen Hunter, CEO of the Sunwing Travel Group, adding “This initiative has the added benefit of improving cost efficiency so that we can continue to provide great value for our customer’s vacation dollar”.
“We are pleased to partner with Sunwing Airlines, on this exciting initiative” said Troy Brekken, Director of Sales and Marketing at Aviation Partners Boeing. “They will be one of our first airline partners in North America to commercially fly the Blended Winglets, which reduce carbon emissions and improve fuel efficiency”. Earlier this year, APB launched the Split Scimitar Winglet program for the provisioned wing 737-800 (line number 778 and on) and 737-900 ER with an order from United Airlines. FAA supplemental type certification for the Boeing 737-800 is targeted for October 2013 and EASA certification planned for December 2013. Certification flight testing of Split Scimitar Winglets is currently underway.
Aviation Partners Boeing is a Seattle based joint venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company. Nearly 5,000 Blended Winglet Systems are now in service with over 200 airlines in more than 100 countries. APB estimates that Blended Winglets have saved airlines worldwide more than 3.8 billion gallons of jet fuel to-date.
Image: Sunwing Airlines.
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) will add weekly seasonal flights from Montreal (Trudeau) to both Aruba and Ixtapa, Mexico starting on December 16. The company is also adding extra frequencies to existing Caribbean routes.
The company issued this statement:
In response to a successful winter of sold out flights and with further enhancements to its leading product portfolio, Sunwing is announcing greater frequency to the popular resort destinations of Punta Cana, Varadero, and Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, with service up to twice daily.
Sunwing has also announced new destinations, with direct service from Montreal to the Caribbean island of Aruba and Ixtapa, Mexico, starting in December of 2013.
Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8K5 WL C-FRZG (msn 35139) in the special 2011 Oasis Hotels and Resorts – Oasis Loves U livery climbs away from Montreal (Trudeau).
Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) (Toronto-Pearson) has announced new nonstop service from Toronto (Pearson) to Curaçao. The weekly flights will operate from December 15, 2013 to March 30, 2014.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8HX C-FTOH (msn 29647) arrives back at the Toronto (Pearson) base.
The founder, CEO and owner of Sunwing, Colin Hunter, at night, is a singer:
Route Map: Sunwing serves basically strong winter vacation destinations from Toronto to the Caribbean, Las Vegas, Florida, the Bahamas, Central America, Mexico and now South America as well as strong summer vacation destinations to Europe.
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Sunwing Airlines (Toronto) issued this statement yesterday:
Sunwing Airlines confirms that its flight 326 en route from Ottawa International Airport to Varadero, Cuba departed at 6:32 am. Approximately 5 minutes after takeoff, the aircraft interior filled with vapor from glycol (de-icing fluid) that entered the aircraft through the auxiliary power unit (APU) vent.
The captain made the decision to return to the Ottawa airport and the aircraft landed without incident. As the vapor had dissipated by that point, the aircraft returned to the gate where all of the passengers and crew disembarked.
At this time, investigations are ongoing to determine how the glycol entered the aircraft through the APU vent. Ottawa International Airport has a centralized de-icing facility that is operated by Aeromag 2000 Ottawa Inc. All Aeromag employees are trained on the safe application of de-icing fluid, which includes avoiding excess spraying on certain areas of the aircraft.
Sunwing Airlines rebooked passengers on a flight that will be departed Ottawa later at 12:35 pm.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) has reached a tentative agreement with its flight attendants represented by the CUPE union.
The agreement will be submitted to members of the union for a vote following a round of general meetings in March. If accepted, this will be the first collective agreement for Sunwing flight attendants, who voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in March 2012.
In early February, the union had raised the possibility of a strike at the end of March. With this tentative agreement, that scenario has been avoided.
The union will not comment on the details of the agreement until the conclusion of the voting period towards the end of March.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Boeing 737-8K5 C-FRZJ (msn 34690) in the 2012 “Oasis Loves U” promotional scheme taxies past the camera at the Toronto (Pearson) home.
Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) (Toronto-Pearson) has announced the addition of winter flights from Edmonton to Cancun, Mexico. The new flights will depart on Tuesdays, commencing on February 12, 2013 until April 9, 2013.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Boeing 737-8K5 C-FRZG (msn 35139) was leased for the winter season from Thomson Airways on December 3, 2012 and still retains the new fuselage colors of Thomson creating this unique hybrid livery.
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) on December 19 inaugurated seasonal service from Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray, Alberta to Puerto Vallarta, on Mexico”s magnificent Pacific coast.
All flights to Puerto Vallarta will operate on Wednesdays until March 20, 2013.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Boeing 737-8HX C-FLSW (msn 36552) taxies at the Toronto (Pearson) base.
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) has announced the launch of new flights to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), in addition to its current flights to Liberia (LIR). Flights from Toronto (Pearson) will depart weekly on Fridays from December 21, 2012 to April 12, 2013.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-8Q8 C-FTAH (msn 29351) departs from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) is adding new service from Alberta this winter with new flights from Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie with weekly Wednesday flights to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit in Mexico with departures starting on December 19, 2012 through March 20, 2013.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 737-8Q8 C-FTAE climbs away from Southend.
Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) (Toronto-Pearson) will launch a summer seasonal route linking Toronto (Pearson) starting on June 13. Flights to Glasgow will operate weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with returns on Thursdays and Sundays, until September 9, 2012. All flights will be aboard the wide-bodied Boeing 767-300, which seats up to 300 passengers.
All flights to Glasgow will be operated on the “High Frills” Sunwing Airlines, where passengers are treated to the award winning Champagne Service, which includes a bon-voyage glass of champagne, hot towel service, a choice of hot meals at lunch and dinner served with choice of wine, and complimentary in-flight entertainment, including first run movies.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.
Sunwing Travel Group (Toronto) announced the 100% acquisition of United States-based Vacation Express (Atlanta).
Vacation Express is one of the United States’ leading wholesale Tour Operators and has sold vacation packages to American travellers for over 22 years. It markets vacation packages to destinations and resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, most of which are also served by Sunwing and Signature. Its holiday packages are sold by travel agencies across the USA, with departures available from all major cities. Although it has a national presence, Vacation Express’ main strength continues to be in serving the south-eastern states and the mid-West, with its peak selling period being the Summer months, counter-seasonal to Canada.
This acquisition will allow Sunwing Airlines to have a more even revenue flow throughout the year, especially during the slower summer months in Canada.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on the photo for additional information about the carrier.
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Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) of Canada is objecting to a Canadian law which permits charter airlines like Sunwing Airlines (Toronto) from bringing in temporary pilots during its busy winter season. The Canadian chapter of ALPA believes Canadian pilots can be trained for this annual upswing according to this article by The Vancouver Sun. Sunwing leases in extra aircraft during its winter season and increases its flight schedule.
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Sunwing Airlines (Toronto) has introduced this new Boeing 737-800 to promote the Oasis Hotels and Resorts.
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Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) (Toronto) is expanding its European network next summer. The carrier has announced it will operate twice-weekly flights from Toronto (Pearson)-Glasgow service from June 13, 2012 through September 9, 2012. It will also operate weekly service from Toronto to Barcelona.
In addition to Barcelona and Glasgow, Sunwing will be operating four times per week to London (Gatwick), twice weekly to Paris (Orly), along with weekly flights to Porto, Lisbon and Rome. All Sunwing Airlines flights are flown by leased Boeing 767-300s
Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema.
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Sunwing Airlines (Toronto) has wet leased in this Boeing 767-300 from euroAtlantic Airways (Lisbon) for the summer season.
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Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) Boeing 737-8HX WL C-FTOH (msn 29647) FLL (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) (Toronto) has announced it is expanding its European charter program this coming summer with more cities. The airline will also operate Boeing 767 aircraft.
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