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Sun Country's newly-painted Boeing 737-800 at the paint shop in North Carolina. (Photo: Sun Country)

Interview: How Sun Country is Adapting to an Evolving Industry Climate

As the airline industry struggles to find its footing during an unprecedented travel downturn worldwide, many air carriers are finding new ways to cope during this period. Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Sun Country Airlines is no exception to this. While commonly seen as a leisure carrier, the airline has recently enacted contracts to haul cargo for Amazon, something new for a purely passenger-carrying operator. Sun Country’s passenger-carrying operation is largely seasonally-based, meaning routes fade in and out with the season, targeting leisure…

Sun Country Reduces Spring Flight Schedule Due to Decreased Travel…

Sun Country Airlines is reducing its flight schedule during the spring season due to decreased travel demand caused by the spread of COVID-19.  The airline is one of the first U.S. ultra-low-cost carriers to drop several routes in response to the new global virus. Beginning in April, Sun Country will…

Sun Country Airlines Expands to Canada

On December 9, 2019, Sun Country Airlines, the Minneapolis based low-cost carrier, announced that it will begin seasonal service to Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada starting next summer. The new route marks the carrier's first Canadian route in its history. The announcement of the Minneapolis-Vancouver service comes after the announcement…

Jamaica Sees Big Increase in Summer Flights

The Caribbean island of Jamaica is set to welcome more travellers this summer as 8.4 percent more air seats are bound for the destination, over 1.4 million in total. United States Jamaica’s primary source market — the United States — has been the source of the most growth with over…

Here Comes the Sun: Inside Sun Country’s Transition to a…

As Minnesota's Sun Country Airlines approaches its one-year anniversary of being introduced into Apollo Global Management, the airline has started to see management and brand changes come to fruition. The Minneapolis-based leisure airline has actively rebranded itself this last fiscal year and is looking for ways to reduce costs for…

Sun Country Announces 11 New Routes Across the United States

Newly converted ultra-low-cost carrier Sun Country Airlines announced 11 new point-to-point routes to destinations across the United States. The new routes will operate out of Dallas, Texas; Madison, Wisconsin; Portland, Oregon; and St. Louis, Missouri, as opposed to its hub in Minneapolis, to popular seasonal destinations throughout the U.S. and…

Sun Country Debuts New Paint Scheme

Minneapolis-based Sun Country Airlines has announced that it will be adopting a new livery. The announcement comes after Sun Country employees voted on which design they liked the best. The new design, known as "#TeamA," won with a "landslide" vote amongst employees and incorporates many aspects of the Minneapolis area.…

Sun Country Airlines Announces New Changes Following Low-Cost Restructuring

Sun Country Airlines’ President and CEO Jude Bricker announced in an email on Wednesday the airline’s newest cabin changes following the restructuring of the airline with a low-cost business model. The shift from Sun Country’s traditional full-service model comes 6-months following the sale of the Minnesota-based airline to Apollo Global…

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…

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…