Sun Country awarded route to Washington National Airport

Sun Country awarded route to Washington National Airport

  • December 15th, 2010 10:07 pm CT
  • By Marc Friedman, Minneapolis Airlines/Airport Examiner


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Sun Country Airlines has won the right to serve Reagan Washington National Airport from Lansing, Michigan. The Mendota Heights, Minnesota-based low-cost carrier is introducing new non-stop service on December 22 from Lansing to Orlando, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Cancun and Montego Bay, Jamaica. The new service to Washington D.C. from the Capital Region International Airport will originate in the Twin Cities, creating a new destination from MSP for Sun Country.

The start-up date and flight schedule for the new service will be announced in the near future. What is known is that the flights will operate via a Boeing 737 with leather seats and two-classes of service, first and coach. The entire Sun Country fleet is comprised of Boeing 737-700 and -800 aircraft. The airline recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after being hit hard by the economic recession and the arrest and conviction for operating a ponzi scheme of its previous majority owner, Tom Petters. He is now serving a 50-year jail sentence for bilking Petters Group Worldwide customers of some $3.65 billion.

Since its founding in 1983 Sun Country has been a charter, and then scheduled airline with various owners over the years. It has twice entered and emerged from bankruptcy protection and has a history of strong profits prior to operating scheduled service. It has endured a bumpy road over the last several years including a reduction in its staffing and fleet size as well as pay cuts for all employees, but has rebounded in recent years under the direction of president and CEO, Stan Gadek.
For complete information about this new service as well as Sun Country’s service to warm weather destinations this winter go to www.suncountry.com.

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