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.
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:
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 (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.
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).