Category Archives: Sun Country Airlines

Sun Country to add seven new summer routes

Named "Lake Harriet"

Sun Country Airlines has announced the addition of seven new routes to its growing network. Flights are available in time for the summer vacation season. With these new routes, Sun Country® offers a total of 50 nonstop routes throughout the year.

New seasonal nonstop service between Austin (AUS) and Cancun (CUN)

  • Operates 3x/week on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays
  • Service offered June 15 – August 13, 2018
  • Introductory fares starting as low as $299* round-trip

New seasonal nonstop service between Dallas (DFW) and Las Vegas (LAS)

  • Operates 4x/week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays
  • Service offered June 7- August 20, 2018
  • Introductory fares starting as low as $64* one-way

New seasonal nonstop service between Portland (PDX) and Orlando (MCO)

  • Operates 3x/week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays
  • Services offered June 14 – August 19, 2018
  • Introductory fares starting as low as $149* one-way

New seasonal nonstop service between San Diego (SAN) and Los Cabos (SJD)

  • Operates 2x/week on Fridays and Sundays
  • Service offered June 29 – August 19, 2018
  • Introductory fares starting as low as $227* round-trip

New seasonal nonstop service between Seattle (SEA) and Anchorage (ANC)

  • Operates 5x/week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
  • Service offered June 7 – August 20, 2018
  • Introductory fares starting as low as $109* one-way

Expanded seasonal nonstop service between Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and Santa Rosa/Sonoma County (STS)

  • Operates 2x/week on Mondays and Fridays
  • Service offered June 29 – August 27, 2018
  • Introductory fares starting as low as $99* one-way

Expanded seasonal nonstop service between Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and Austin (AUS)

  • Operates 3x/week on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays
  • Service offered June 15 – August 13, 2018
  • Introductory fares starting as low as $89* one-way

In addition to these new routes, Sun Country is now offering new connecting service from its hometown of Minneapolis/St. Paul to two popular destinations in Mexico.

New connecting service between Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and Cancun (CUN) via connection in Austin (AUS)

  • Operates 3x/week on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays
  • Service offered June 15 – August 13, 2018
  • Introductory fares starting as low as $394* round-trip

New connecting service between Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and Los Cabos (SJD) via connection in San Diego (SAN)

  • Operates 2x/week on Fridays and Sundays
  • Service offered June 29 – August 19, 2018
  • Introductory fares starting as low as $439* round-trip

Additionally, Sun Country announced new service to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Honolulu, Hawaii in December, 2017. Seasonal nonstop service between Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and Myrtle Beach (MYR) is offered April 6 through June 4, operating twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Seasonal flights to Honolulu (HNL) are offered May 19 through August 19, operating four times a week, Friday through Monday, from Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) with connection via Los Angeles (LAX).

Copyright Photo: Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-73V WL N711SY (msn 30245) MIA (Brian McDonough). Image: 940870.

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Sun Country Airlines announces two new destinations, will fly to Hawaii

Named "Lake Bemidji"

Sun Country Airlines has announced seasonal service to new destinations Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL), and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR) from Minneapolis/St. Paul. The new flight segments offer Sun Country customers access to these popular beach destinations, expanding Minnesota’s Hometown Airline™ network to 43 domestic and international destinations.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Seasonal flights to Honolulu will be offered May 19 through August 19, 2018, via Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Terminal 2, and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Passengers departing from Minneapolis will have a short stop in Los Angeles before continuing to Honolulu. The new service will fly four times a week, Friday through Monday.

 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Seasonal flights to Myrtle Beach will be offered April 6 through June 4, 2018, via Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Terminal 2. The new service will fly twice a week, Monday and Friday.

 

Copyright Photo: Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-8Q8 WL N816SY (msn 30637) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940047.

Sun Country Airlines is sold by the Davis family

Named "Lake Bemidji"

Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) has made this announcement:

Funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, on December 14, 2017 announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sun Country Airlines, the largest privately-held fully independent airline in the United States, from brothers Marty and Mitch Davis. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, is targeted to close during the first quarter of 2018. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sun Country Airlines, based in Minnesota, flies passengers to leisure destinations across the U.S. and internationally and specializes in flying from cold weather locales to warm weather destinations.  The Company, which currently flies approximately 2.5 million passengers per year, enjoys significant brand presence in the Minnesota region and greatly values its connection to the local community.

“We are tremendously excited about the acquisition of Sun Country,” said Antoine Munfakh, Partner at Apollo. “Sun Country presents compelling opportunities for innovation, efficiency and growth. Underpinned by a solid foundation of assets and people, including an outstanding team of executives and talented flight crews, we believe Sun Country has a very bright future. We look forward to supporting CEO Jude Bricker in delivering the next chapter of Sun Country’s growth through the combination of operational excellence and the relentless pursuit of delivering customer service and value.”

Jude Bricker, who will remain as CEO of Sun Country, said: “I’d like to thank Marty and Mitch for their strong support and stewardship of this very special airline. I look forward to working with Apollo to further enhance and grow Sun Country’s business.”

Sun Country Chairman Marty Davis said: “We are particularly pleased to sell Sun Country to Apollo because it has a proven track record for successfully helping companies grow and generate long-term value. With Jude at the helm, along with the dedicated employees who make Sun Country what it is today, we are confident the company is well-positioned for continued expansion and its evolution beyond its Minnesota base.”

Barclays served as financial adviser to Sun Country Airlines on this transaction.

About Apollo Global Management

Apollo is a leading global alternative investment manager with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, St. Louis, Bethesda, Toronto, London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Delhi, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Apollo had assets under management (AUM) of approximately $242 billion as of September 30, 2017 in Private Equity, Credit and Real Assets invested across a core group of nine industries where Apollo has considerable knowledge and resources.

Copyright Photo (all others by Sun Country): The revsied 2016 livery: Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-8Q8 WL N816SY (msn 30637) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940047.

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Sun Country Airlines introduces its new “Bundle & Go” tiered pricing system

Sun Country Airlines, under new leadership, is planning to reinvent itself as an ultra low-fare carrier. The carrier is setting a new tiered fees system (called “Bundle & Go”) for carry-on luggage and checked bags as well as seat assignments:

Bundle & Go

For Coach Class bookings made on or after October 25, 2017, for travel beginning on or after January 19, 2018, passengers may choose one of three Bundle & Go options, depending on their needs:

Please note: If travel begins prior to January 19, 2018, different baggage policies apply.

BUNDLE & GO OFFERS FLEXIBILITY

Traveling light? Then opt for our Grab & Go at no charge.

If bringing more, choose one of the other two options that works best – Check & Go or Store & Go — plus receive preferred or priority boarding.

In addition, Store & Go will only be offered if there is enough overhead bin space, so you can relax, knowing there will be enough space for your carry-on. First Class passengers receive added benefits at no charge.

Choose the Bundle & Go Option that Works Best

Personal item1 Carry-on2 Checked Bag3 Special Seat Pricing Boarding Priority
 Grab & Go
 Check & Go Preferred
 Store & Go4           OR            Priority
First Class 2 Free First
1Personal item can be no larger than 17 x 13 x 9 inches and must fit under seat.
2Carry-on item can be no larger than 24 x 16 x 11 inches, including wheels and handles. Learn more about carry-on policies.
3Checked bag can be no larger than 62 linear inches (length + width + height) and weigh 50 pounds or less. Additional bags can be checked at the airport; fees may apply. Learn more about checked baggage policies.
4Store & Go includes one bag (either a carry-on bag or a checked bag, not both) and a personal item. Store & Go will only be offered if there is still overhead bin space available.

BUNDLE & GO OFFERS SAVINGS

Pre-purchase a Bundle & Go option and save, as baggage fees paid at the airport will be higher. Bundle & Go prices remain the same, no matter if purchased at the time of booking, online after booking via My Trips, or during online check-in.

Exclusive Bundle & Go benefits and pricing are available for Ufly Rewards ELITE members, Sun Country Airlines® Visa Signature® Cardholders, and passengers who have purchased a flight and hotel package.

When Pre-Purchased

Bundle Prices Ufly Rewards Members Benefits
Sun Country Vacations
(flight and hotel package to any destination)1
Sun Country Airlines®Visa Signature®Cardholder Ufly Rewards ELITE2
 Grab & Go $0 $0 $0 $0
 Check & Go $20 (U.S. 48)
$25 (all other)
$0 $0 $0
 Store & Go $30 (U.S. 48)
$35 (all other)
$15 (U.S. 48)
$20 (all other)
$15 (U.S. 48)
$20 (all other)
$0
  • Prices are valid for bookings made on or after October 25, 2017, for travel beginning on or after January 19, 2018.
  • Fees are each way, per bag, and are non-refundable.
  • Prices are valid when purchased at time of booking, online after booking, or during online check-in.

1Ufly Rewards members who purchase a flight and hotel package receive Check & Go at no charge (which includes one free checked bag), OR they can choose to pay for the Store & Go option (if available), which includes one bag that can be a checked bag or a carry-on. If they opt for a carry-on, any bags checked at the airport will cost $25 each.
2Ufly Rewards ELITE members receive two free bags – one checked bag and one carry-on. If carry-on space is full, second bag will be checked.

Added benefits for select travelers:

  • First Class passengers receive two free checked bags, one free carry-on, and one personal item. The personal item must fit under the seat. Learn more.
  • Active U.S. Military receive two free bags – one checked bag and one carry-on. If carry-on space is full, second bag will be checked. They also receive one personal item, which must fit under the seat, and must present a valid Military ID at the airport.
  • Unaccompanied minors receive one free checked bag and one personal item. The personal item must fit under the seat. To qualify for the free checked bag, the UMNR service fee must be paid and all required support information must be entered in the passenger’s reservation. Learn more.

CARRY-ON BAGGAGE POLICY —   Store & Go

Effective October 25, 2017, Sun Country’s baggage policies will change. Depending on travel dates and when the trip was booked will determine if passengers can bring carry-on bags at no charge or for a fee. However, all carry-on bags must:

  • Not exceed 24 inches long x 16 inches wide x 11 inches tall (including wheels, handles, etc.)
  • Not exceed 35 pounds in weight
  • Fit within the sizer box at the gate

Personal items (e.g., purse, laptop, etc.) must:

  • Not exceed 17 inches long x 13 inches wide x 9 inches tall
  • Be able to be stowed under the seat in front of the passenger

Good To Know

  • Carry-on bags are only allowed for passengers who have selected the Store & Go option or who are traveling in First Class.
  • If carry-on items do not fit within the sizer box at the gate, it is the passenger’s responsibility to pay the applicable checked baggage fee.
  • Overhead storage onboard each aircraft is limited. Once the aircraft bins have reached capacity, remaining qualified carry-on sized bags will be tagged and travel as checked baggage. All checked bags can be retrieved at the designated Baggage Claim Area.

CHECKED BAGGAGE —  Check & Go  /   Store & Go

Effective October 25, 2017, Sun Country’s baggage policies will change, based on travel dates and when the trip was booked. However, all checked bags must not exceed:

  • 62 linear inches (length + width + height) and
  • 50 pounds

Additional bags, as well as bags over 62 linear inches or 50 pounds, are subject to excess baggage fees for each additional piece of excess or oversized baggage.

Checking Luggage at Ticket Counter

AT THE AIRPORT

If a Bundle & Go option was not pre-purchased, carry-on and checked bag fees can be paid at the airport. We have reduced our additional checked bag fees and there is no limit to the number of bags that can be checked, however, for the greatest savings, pre-purchasing a Bundle & Go option is recommended.

Bag Fees When Purchased At Airport

Baggage Fee Ufly Rewards Members Benefits Active U.S. Military Personnel6
Sun Country Vacations
(flight and hotel package to any destination)
Sun Country Airlines® Visa Signature®Cardholder4 Ufly Rewards ELITE5
Personal Item1 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
First Checked Bag2 $25 $0 $0 $0 $0
Additional Checked Bags2 $25 $25 $25 $25 each for third bag and additional bags $25 each for third bag and additional bags
Carry-on Bag3 $40 $40 $40 $0 $0
  • Prices are valid for bookings made on or after October 25, 2017, for travel on or after January 19, 2018 and are for when a Bundle & Go option was not pre-purchased.
  • Fees are each way, per bag, and are non-refundable.

1Personal item can be no larger than 17 x 13 x 9 inches and must fit under seat.
2Checked bag can be no larger than 62 linear inches (length + width + height) and weigh 50 pounds or less. Learn more about checked baggage policies.
3Carry-on item can be no larger than 24 x 16 x 11 inches, including wheels and handles. Learn more about carry-on policies.
4Cardholders may be asked to present their card at airport to qualify for member benefits.
5Ufly Rewards ELITE members receive two free bags – one checked bag and one carry-on. If carry-on space is full, second bag will be checked. ELITE members may be asked to present their card at airport.
6Active U.S. Military receive two free bags – one checked bag and one carry-on. If carry-on space is full, second bag will be checked. Must present valid military ID card at airport.

Sun Country Airlines modifies its livery

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Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) has quietly modified and simplified its livery. The revised color scheme now has full titles and the forward two-tone blue “S” logo has been removed. The first aircraft to receive the new treatment is Boeing 737-73V N711SY (msn 30245).

Copyright Photo Below: Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-73V WL N711SY (msn 30245) LAS (James Helbock). Image: 907941.

Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-73V WL N711SY (msn 30245) LAS (James Helbock). Image: 907941.

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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).

Sun Country Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

 

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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