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Unifor Sunwing pilots reach tentative agreement

Pilots represented by Unifor Local 7378 have ratified a new four -year agreement with Sunwing Airlines.

“In the most unprecedented of times while the entire aviation industry in Canada has been shuttered, our pilots came together and this agreement provides a road forward and a plan for all of our members who are suffering financially,” said Barret Armann, President of Unifor Local 7378.

Unifor Local 7378 represents 451 pilots who have been furloughed or inactive  for many months due to the pandemic and government travel restrictions. Sunwing Airlines Inc. normally operates out of six bases across Canada- Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montréal, Quebec City.

The four-year agreement includes wage increases, improvements to benefits and new language to improve working conditions.

“I want to thank the members for their solidarity and the bargaining committee for pushing back on concessions and reaching an agreement we can all be proud of,” said Armann.

“The fact is these pilots are still waiting for the federal government to support the airline industry with a recovery plan as airlines such as Sunwing continue to lose millions,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Instead of helping, the government continues to impose more travel restrictions without also coming up with a government assistance package as many other nations have done.”

Unifor has been demanding a national aviation plan for months, and has held rallies, presented to parliamentary committees and has actively lobbied for a national recovery plan for the aviation industry that includes financial support for workers.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

Sunwing takes delivery of first two Boeing 737 MAXs since grounding

Sunwing Airlines yesterday (February 3) took delivery of the first two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft for a Canadian carrier since the grounding.
One of the aircraft was the pictured C-FTXF (msn 43303, ln: 7571) (below).  It was flown to Toronto.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.
The other MAX aircraft was C-FTXE which was flown to Vancouver.
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Pilots represented by Unifor Local 7378 have reached a tentative agreement with Sunwing Airlines

Unifor has issued this statement:

Pilots represented by Unifor Local 7378 have reached a tentative agreement with Sunwing Airlines.

“I applaud the leadership of Unifor 7378 for their grit and determination in fighting for a collective agreement that benefits our members during these challenging times,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Given all of our members are furloughed or inactive and the  industry is experiencing unprecedented losses while the federal government continues to hold back on any dedicated financial support for airline workers, it is truly remarkable that our bargaining team was able to achieve gains.”

The details of the tentative agreement will be presented to the members for ratification votes over the next two weeks.

“I am proud of our bargaining team for standing strong and defending our members as the global effects of the pandemic loomed significantly over this round of bargaining,” said Barret Armann, Local 7378 President. “Though we are experiencing what may be the worst time in history for air travel, our promise to get our members back to work is achieved in this contract.”

The Unifor 7378 Sunwing Pilot collective agreement expired on November 30, 2020.

Unifor represents 451 pilots at Sunwing Airlines Inc. who operate out of six bases across Canada- Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montréal, Quebec City.

Sunwing returns to responsible travel, first flights since March take off

Sunwing Travel Group made this announcement:

Sunwing Airlines has returned to the skies, with the first flight since March taking off from Toronto Pearson International Airport and landing in Punta Cana International Airport on Friday, November 6, 2020. The flight marked Sunwing’s return to responsible travel, after grounding its aircraft for over 230 days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo: Sunwing. Sunwing Travel Group’s acting Chief Medical Advisor on board first Sunwing Airlines flight to Cancun and documenting Safe with Sunwing commitment throughout journey

Although the operator has been sending Canadians to the tropics since August with the help of third-party carriers, Friday’s flight marked the official return to service for Sunwing Airlines. Travellers can look forward to departures from Toronto to Punta Cana on Fridays and Sundays, to Montego Bay on Fridays and Saturdays, and to Cancun on Saturdays and Sundays. All customers will enjoy a seamless travel experience with flights either on board Sunwing Airlines or a third-party carrier.

In September, Sunwing partnered with global healthcare leader Medcan to advise on the Safe with Sunwingprogram, and to provide ongoing support for customer and employee health and safety. Dr. Peter Nord, Chief Medical Officer at Medcan, was appointed as Sunwing Travel Group’s acting Chief Medical Advisor and was on board the inaugural Sunwing flight from Toronto to Cancun on Saturday, November 7.

“I had the pleasure of travelling with Sunwing from Toronto to Cancun this weekend,” commented Dr. Peter Nord. “The journey was seamless from check-in and boarding to the flight and resort arrival. The high Canadian standards that Sunwing has implemented are evident through every step of the vacation journey. I can confidently say that, with the Safe with Sunwing commitment in place, Canadians can travel with peace of mind.”

Dr. Nord recently took the time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions that Canadians have about travelling safely with Sunwing. You can view the first of his of his three-part “Ask Me Anything” video series on Sunwing’s YouTube channel and website.

Dr. Nord will also be broadcasting live from Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa throughout the week on Sunwing’s social media channels, including Instagram and Facebook, sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the resort amenities and safety protocols that Canadian travellers can look forward to when they vacation at Sunwing’s Royalton Luxury Resorts.

Sunwing has spent months developing the Safe with Sunwing commitment to help customers travel with peace of mind. As the only travel provider that owns the airline that customers fly on, the transfer buses that travel to and from hotels, and over 30 Sunwing-owned-and-operated hotels throughout the tropics, Sunwing can ensure that the highest Canadian health and safety standards are in place throughout the entire vacation experience so customers can enjoy a hassle-free getaway.

Most recently, Sunwing became the first Canadian airline to treat all aircraft with AEGIS Microbe Shield®, a powerful antimicrobial spray that controls and prevents the growth of bacteria on surfaces, as part of the Safe with Sunwing commitment.

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Sunwing partners with Swoop to offer customers even more travel options this winter

Sunwing Airlines has made this announcement:

Canadians looking for a tropical escape that’s easily accessible from their local airport have even more options to choose from this coming winter thanks to a new agreement between leading tour operator, Sunwing, and ultra-low-cost airline, Swoop.

Cancun, Mexico Aerial Photo (CNW Group/Swoop)

Sunseekers departing from Hamilton, London, Abbotsford, Edmonton and Winnipeg can now book vacation packages with the tour operator that include a Swoop flight.

All Sunwing vacation packages with Swoop flights include one complimentary item of checked luggage, round-trip airport to hotel transfers, assistance from Sunwing Experiences representatives throughout, the option to benefit from savings by pre-purchasing Sunwing Experiences excursions at the time of booking and more.

Vacationers departing from Hamilton can now select from both Sunwing’s and Swoop’s regular flight services to Cancun – giving them the choice of four different departure days each week (including both Saturday and Sunday). Vacationers from Edmonton will enjoy additional weekend departure options to reach Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. Finally, the addition of Swoop flight services from Winnipeg to Los Cabos has tripled the choice of departure days for customers travelling from the region, with new flights options departing Sundays and Wednesdays.

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Sunwing announces the return of twice-weekly flights from Montreal to Havana and also Moncton – Miami

Sunwing has announced it is offering a direct flight service twice a week on Mondays and Fridays from Montreal to Havana, from December 13, 2019 until March 13, 2020.

Celebrating its 500th anniversary this year, the capital city of Cuba, Havana has a rich history and fascinating heritage to uncover. Visitors will feel like they’ve travelled back in time as they stroll along the cobblestone streets of Old Havana, lined with picturesque Baroque architecture and classic American cars. Travellers can even follow in the footsteps of famous author Ernest Hemingway, who called the city home for over 20 years, by discovering some of his favourite old haunts on a Sunwing Experiences excursion.

In other news, the company has also announced it plans to fly direct to Miami from Moncton this winter. A new destination added by Sunwing for this coming season, travellers can experience all that this premier beach and nightlife destination has to offer with convenient weekly Saturday departures from February 8, 2020 until May 2, 2020 inclusive.

The first carrier to offer a direct flight service to Miami from Greater Moncton, Sunwing is expected to be the only airline offering this route for the coming season. With the addition of Miami, sunseekers departing from Greater Moncton now have six of the tour operator’s most popular southern destinations available on their doorstep including Puerto Plata and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Montego Bay in Jamaica, Cancun, Mexico and Varadero, Cuba.

Sunwing, the first Canadian airline, grounds its 4 Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft

Sunwing's 2019 "Planet Hollywood" promotional logo jet - delivered March 11, 2019 and grounded

Sunwing Airlines has become the first Canadian airline to voluntarily ground its four Boeing 737-8 MAX 8, including one which was just delivered.

The airline issued this statement:

The pictured C-FAXD in the special Planet Hollywood scheme was handed over to the carrier on March 11, 2019 and put into storage.

Top Copyright Photo: Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FAXD (msn 44299) (Planet Hollywood – Vacation like a star) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 945889.

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Sunwing Airlines starts Miami operations

Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) Boeing 737-8Q8 SSWL C-FYJD (msn 41807) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 932429.

Sunwing Airlines on December 1 added twice-weekly service on the Montreal (Trudeau) – Miami route until April 28, 2019.

The carrier will also operate weekly flights to MIA also from Ottawa, Quebec City and Toronto (Pearson) starting later this month during the winter/spring season according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Sunwing): Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) Boeing 737-8Q8 SSWL C-FYJD (msn 41807) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 932429.

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Sunwing is coming to Daytona Beach this winter

"Iberostar" special promotional livery

Sunwing Airlines is expanding its services to Florida to offer flights to Daytona Beach from Toronto (Pearson) for the first time.

Sunwing will be the only Canadian carrier to offer nonstop international flights to this exciting destination.

The twice-weekly seasonal flight service will operate on Mondays and Thursdays beginning on January 28, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Sunwing): Sunwing Airlines (Smartwings) Boeing 737-86N SSWL OK-TVU (msn 38025) (Iberostar) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 943514.

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Sunwing Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

First Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for Sunwing

Sunwing Airlines has announced the delivery of their first brand-new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft. The aircraft is the first of four new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft acquired by North America’s largest vertically integrated travel company as part of a lease agreement concluded with Air Lease Corporation in late 2014. The $350 million deal also included the acquisition of two further Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The second Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft will be delivered the following week, with the remaining two 737 MAX planes anticipated to be delivered in 2019.

“The 737 MAX 8 aircraft is an integral part of Sunwing’s overall expansion plans across an increasing number of both Canadian and U.S. gateways and illustrates the evolution of the company,” said Mark Williams, President of Sunwing Airlines. “Sunwing may have increased in scale, however, what drove the company in the early 2000s is still central to our business today – in particular, the airline’s commitment to its passengers that when they travel with Sunwing, they travel with an award-winning airline and one of Canada’s most modern fleets.”

“Sunwing already flies one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient airplane fleets in Canada and now they take another leap forward with the Boeing 737 MAX, a new jet that can fly farther, use less fuel and provide greater passenger comfort,” said Brad McMullen, Boeing Senior Vice President of Sales for The Americas. “Congratulations to the Sunwing team. We are confident their new MAX airplanes will bring more Canadians to and from exceptional vacations in the sun.”

John L. Plueger, Chief Executive Officer and President of Air Lease Corporation also welcomed the news adding, “ALC is delighted to be delivering the very first MAX 8 into Sunwing’s fleet.  This state of the art new aircraft will bring significantly expanded capability, efficiency, and environmental friendliness to Sunwing’s growing network as well as usher in a new level of customer service and experience.”

This newest 737 arrival brings the latest technology to the most popular jet aircraft of all time and will enable Sunwing to offer reliable, cost-effective and environmentally-conscious service – something that is paramount for the brand. A next-generation aircraft, the 737 MAX 8 is expected to reduce Sunwing’s carbon footprint even further. The MAX uses less fuel and reduces CO2 emissions by 20% compared to the older aircraft that it replaces.

Flying from the Boeing head office in Seattle, Washington, the delivery flight was piloted by Ron Henry, one of Sunwing’s first pilots, flying Canadians to and from their holidays since the company’s inception, and First Officer, Jessalyn Teed, a recent graduate hired through Sunwing’s cadet program in partnership with the University of Waterloo.  The flight carried executives from Sunwing and select media guests who were invited to experience the new aircraft’s aerodynamic design, elevated passenger comfort, mood lighting and sleek technology.

Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from 33 gateways across Canada to over 45 popular sun destinations.  All Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax on board with award-winning inflight service that includes a sparkling wine toast, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy on board selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance.

Copyright Photo: Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FMXA (msn 43297) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 942213.

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