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Caesars enters into long-term agreements with Sun Country Airlines and ViaAir

Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) and Via Airlines (ViaAir) (Orlando) will see an increased amount of flying for Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s Total Rewards Air.

Caesars issued this statement:

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Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s Total Rewards Air, the gaming industry’s largest domestic charter service, is enhancing its commercial operation by entering into long-term agreements with Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) and Via Airlines (ViaAir) (Orlando).

In addition, new technology by Total Rewards Air will allow for ease of booking flight and hotel packages beyond its traditional passenger base of Total Rewards members. The scheduled charter flights to Atlantic City, Laughlin, Nevada, Tunica and Biloxi, Mississippi, will include both invited members of the company’s award-winning loyalty program as well as retail guests seeking an escape to the leisure destinations.

The expanded service will include more than 1,800 flights annually to the Total Rewards Air primary destination hubs of Atlantic City, Laughlin, Nevada, Tunica and Biloxi, Mississippi. Total Rewards Air flies more than 100,000 passengers per year. Sun Country Airlines and Via Airlines will serve as the main operating partners for Total Rewards Air and will service more than 100 origin cities across the United States including major North American markets such as Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Denver, Edmonton and Toronto, as well as smaller regional markets such as Monterrey, California, Bismarck, North Dakota, Midland, Texas and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Starting this summer, Sun Country Airlines will operate one Boeing 737-700 while Via Airlines will operate five Embraer 145 regional jets on behalf of Total Rewards Air. Via’s regional jets will operate from private aviation terminals (Fixed Based Operators) affording guests the opportunity to experience a true, VIP private jet experience eliminating the long lines and early check-in associated with commercial airline terminals.

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“Sun Country is honored to be partnered with an iconic organization like Caesars Entertainment,” said Eric Curry, Sun Country Vice President of Sales and Customer Experience. “We are looking forward to providing Caesars’ guests with the high standard of service that is the hallmark of both of our companies.”

“Via Airlines has been operating flights for Caesars since 1997 and we are honored to continue and expand our relationship with Caesars and Total Rewards Air,” said Mitch Pizik, Via Airlines Executive Vice President of Marketing. “Through our fleet of owned and leased Embraer jets we look forward to expanding our relationship with one of the most recognizable brands in the world that is synonymous with quality and customer service.”

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ViaAir LLC is an indirect Air Carrier operating under DOT Regulation 14 CFR 380 together with its subsidiary, Charter Air Transport d.b.a. Via Airlines (Via Airlines), as the Direct Air Carrier on 30 Pax Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Sun Country Airlines will dedicate one Boeing 737-700 for the Caesars contract. Boeing 737-73V N710SY (msn 30241) taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

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Sun Country Airlines’ owner Marty Davis threatens to downsize and eventually close the airline

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Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) Chairman Marty Davis has threatened to downsize and eventually shut down the airline if a new agreement with the pilots cannot be reached. In a letter sent to the pilots this past week, the owner threatened this drastic course of action. The pilots are locked in negotiations with management on a new contract. Davis has stated the latest management offer is the “last and best offer” according to this report by the Duluth News Tribune. The National Mediation Board (NMB) has scheduled another negotiating session in late May.

Captain Brian Roseen, Chairman of the Sun Country Master Executive Council, Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), representing the pilots, issued this response to the threat:

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“The Sun Country Master Executive Council (SCA MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association, International, the collective bargaining representative of SCA pilots, has received media inquiries related to reports about a communication from SCA management threatening a wind down of Sun Country Airlines.

“Yesterday, the SCA MEC received a letter from Mr. Marty Davis, Chairman and owner of Sun Country. Mr. Davis’ letter asserts that after five years of negotiations, the first comprehensive economic proposal presented by the company is also its ‘last, best and final’ proposal. In essence, it’s a take-it or leave-it offer. He claims that he has begun the process of downsizing the airline, although we have seen no evidence of this. In the interest of full disclosure to our members, we forwarded Mr. Davis’ communication to the pilot group last night.

“Mediation required under the provisions of the Railway Labor Act is now being conducted by the National Mediation Board in Washington, DC. The Association has made clear its willingness to meet anytime and anywhere to continue mediation. The NMB has tentatively set May 27-29 in Washington, DC as the scheduled next date for meetings. ALPA believes the Company was unwilling to meet sooner. At that meeting, ALPA will provide a counter-proposal to the Company’s offer that seeks to narrow the remaining gaps between the parties’ positions.

“We are disappointed Mr. Davis has chosen to respond to us with the threat of a shutdown even as the Association is prepared to present its counter-proposal. We appreciate the NMB’s tireless efforts to conduct mediation, and reiterate that our pilots are determined to rise above their current status as the lowest-paid B-737 scheduled service pilots in the country.

“Sun Country pilots intend to show up for work tomorrow and continue to do our jobs the way we always have — safely, professionally and courteously. The Association looks forward to opportunities later this month to continue our good-faith efforts to reach a comprehensive agreement that reflects established pay and benefit patterns, and trusts that Company executives will participate with the same intention.”

In February CEO Stan Gadek, who lead the airline in its last recovery, abruptly resigned and left the company.

Read the full report from the Duluth News Tribune: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo Below: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-73V N711SY (msn 30245) lands in Las Vegas.

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Europe Airpost to operate from Dublin to Halifax, Nova Scotia this summer

Europe Airpost (Paris-CDG) is joining the list of airlines operating Boeing 737 aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean. According to Dublin Airport, Europe Airpost will operate a new nonstop scheduled summer service between Dublin and Halifax, Novia Scotia this summer. The new route will operate from the beginning of July until mid September.

Europe Airpost, which is the French subsidiary of Dublin-based ASL Aviation Group, has an existing charter operation at Dublin Airport, but the new weekly Halifax service will be its first scheduled service from Dublin. The company has been operating at Dublin Airport since 2010 and is the only charter airline that has an aircraft based year-round in Ireland. Europe Airpost’s new route will operate weekly from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Dublin and then continue to Halifax, Novia Scotia with a Boeing 737-700 aircraft.

The new service will operate weekly from July 9 until September 11 with flights departing Dublin on Thursdays and from Halifax on Fridays. The schedule for the new routes is as follows: Dublin/Halifax Thursday: Departs from Dublin 2:25 p.m. – Arrives in Halifax 4:45 p.m. Friday: Departs from Halifax 10:15 a.m. – Arrives in Dublin 8:05 p.m. All times specified are local and subject to government approval. The flights will be operated by a Boeing 737-700, configured in a two-class lay-out, with a capacity of 130 seats: 16 in Premium class and 114 in Economy class.

Copyright Photo: Michael Kelly/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-73V F-GZTC (msn 32414) departs from Dublin.

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Sun Country to fly twice-weekly Fort Myers-San Juan flights next summer

Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) will operate twice-weekly flights between Fort Myers, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico from May 3 through August 23, 2015. The seasonal non-hub route will be operated with Boeing 737-700 aircraft per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-73V N711SY (msn 30245) completes the final approach to the runway at Las Vegas.

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AIRES Colombia’s Boeing 737-73V HK-4682 crashes this morning on San Andres Island

AIRES Colombia’s (Bogota) ex-easyJet Boeing 737-73V HK-4682 (msn 32416) while operating flight 8250 from Bogota crashed on landing this morning in stormy weather at San Andres Island. One person has died and at least 114 people were injured. The aircraft broke up and was destroyed.

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Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. HK-4682 is seen at Southend before it departed on delivery.

Sun Country Airlines to begin Lansing service

Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) announced today (June 30) plans for new nonstop domestic and international service from Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport. Beginning December 22, 2010, the company will inaugurate domestic service to Las Vegas, Ft. Myers and Orlando as well as international service to Cancun, Mexico and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Ex-easyJet Boeing 737-73V G-EZJJ (msn 30245) became N711SY on delivery.

Ex-easyJet Boeing 737-73V G-EZJB departs Southend on delivery to Aerolineas Argentinas as N385DF

Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) has now taken delivery of ex-easyJet Boeing 737-73V G-EZJB (msn 30236). The airliner is pictured departing from Southend as N385DF on November 27.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.