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Interview: Sun Country Using Proven Model to Forge New Trails

Sun Country on Tuesday announced a vast new expansion that includes 18 new routes and nine brand-new destinations. AirlineGeeks sat down with Sun Country Airlines Chief Revenue Officer and Head of Network Planning Grant Whitney to discuss the expansion and how the airline is planning to expand in the coming months. Note that some of Whitney’s responses may be edited for clarity. A key question is how pandemic recovery is guiding airline decision making and how Tuesday’s announcement played into…

Delta Long-Haul Flights Return to Midwest Hub, Focus Cities

Banking on the potential availability of a vaccine, the gradual return of demand and the lifting of international travel restrictions, Delta Air Lines is adding frequencies and reopening routes in its winter 2020 and summer 2021 long-haul flying schedule. In line with IATA expectations for a multi-year recovery to pre-COVID-19…

Sun Country Airlines Cuts 350 Positions in Minneapolis

Sun Country Airlines is cutting 350 operational agent positions at its Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport base, according to multiple sources. Positions being cut include above-wing and below-wing jobs ranging from ticket counter agents to wheelchair service providers. The Minneapolis-based newspaper StarTribune reported the cut is nearly 20 percent of the…

“Superb Owl” Photoshop of MSP Tram Raises Eyebrows, Awareness

Many public spaces in the Twin Cities are covered in advertising promoting this weekend’s Super Bowl, and Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is no exception. The airport’s Poma-Otis trams feature large “Super Bowl LII” ad wraps. Local aviation enthusiast John Newsome was watching airplanes from the MSP Terminal 1 parking ramp…

Sun Country Airlines Sold to Investment Giant Apollo Global Management

On Thursday, Minneapolis-based Sun Country Airlines announced that it had been acquired by Apollo Global Management, a major investment group based in New York City. The deal, subject to regulatory approval, is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2018. Sun Country is currently privately owned by brothers…

TBT In Aviation History: Remembering Northwest Airlines

Northwest Airways was founded in 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. Their main focus was to transport mail and established a route between Minneapolis and Chicago. During this early part of Northwest’s history, the airline focused on expanding to smaller cities in the Midwest, with a route to Calgary becoming the airlines…