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FORMED IN 1982 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1983. FORMED BY FORMER BRANIFF EMPLOYEES. NOW A SUBSIDIARY OF PETTERS GROUP WORLDWIDE & WHITEBOX ADVISORS. DOMESTIC & REGIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
1300 MENDOTA HEIGHTS ROAD
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, MINNESOTA MN 55120, USA
USA (United States of America) was established in 1776, it covers an area of 9,363,123 sq km, its population is 280 million, its capital city is Washington DC, and its official language is English.
DECEMBER 1995: SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES (SCA) HAS SERVICES WITHIN USA, CANADA, THE CARIBBEAN, AND MEXICO.
1 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2), EX-GEMINI AIR CARGO (GMN).
OCTOBER 1996: KARL FREIENMUTH, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER RESIGNED & JOINED (ALO) AS VP MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING.
APRIL 1997: >$5 MILLION MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR 10 727'S TO AEROCORP, FLORIDA.
MAY 1997: 1 727-200 ADVANCED (20764), EX-STERLING (STR), SONIC LEASED. 1 DC-10-30F RETURNED TO GEMINI AIR CARGO (GMN).
JUNE 1997: SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES (SCA) PURCHASED BY BILL LA MACHIA, WHO OWNS FUNJET VACATIONS.
SAN FRANCISCO (SFO) TO HONOLULU, FOR SUNTRIPS (TOUR OPERATIONS).
1 DC-10-15 (48276), EX-AEROMEXICO (AMX) (GATX) LEASED.
JULY 1997: 1996 = -$2.26 MILLION (-$2.09 MILLION) (NET LOSS).
AUGUST 1997: MAINTENANCE SERVICES ALLIANCE WITH AIRWORKS IN ORLANDO FOR 11 727'S & 5 DC-10'S.
AIRWORKS HQ IN IRVINE CALIFORNIA, INSTALLED GROUND PROXIMITY SYSTEMS (GPS) & INTERIOR MODIFICATIONS AS WELL AS ENGINEERING SUPPORT. SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES (SCA) IS TO PROVIDE QUALITY ASSURANCE OVERSIGHT.
DEE HOWARD, TEXAS MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR 6 727-200 "C" CHECKS THROUGH END OF 1997, 1 PAINTED & STRIPPED.
OCTOBER 1997: 1 DC-10-15 (48259), EX-AEROCANCUN (CAU).
NOVEMBER 1997: PILOT STRIKE THREATENED OVER NEW CONTRACT. NOW 12 727'S AND 6 DC-10'S.
MARCH 1998: 727-2J4 (N290SC) HAS "GOD SPEED PAULEY" APPLIED TO NOSE IN MEMORY OF MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR PAUL FIEDLER, EX-PAN AM (PAA)/(NAL).
APRIL 1998: 1,143 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 215 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 95 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
MAY 1998: GORDON GRAVES VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING; TONY KUBIT DIRECTOR ENGINEERING & QUALITY CONTROL.
JUNE 1998: 2 DC-10-10'S (46977; 46645), TO RYAN INTERNATIONAL (RYN) RETURNED TO LESSOR.
SEPTEMBER 1998: INCREASES NON-STOPS TO BOSTON, CHICAGO, DULLES, LOS ANGELES (LAX), SEATTLE, & PHOENIX. TO DETROIT, TO ARUBA, AND TO SAN DIEGO.
OCTOBER 1998: 1997 = -$11.69 MILLION (-$2.26 MILLION) (NET LOSS).
1,065 EMPLOYEES (FULL +1/2PART).
NOVEMBER 1998: ADDED FORT MYERS, MIAMI (MIA), SARASOTA, & HARLINGEN.
DECEMBER 1998: TO FORT LAUDERDALE & SALT LAKE CITY.
JANUARY 1999: IN JUNE 1999 WILL START SCHEDULED SERVICES. PLANS FOR BOSTON, DETROIT, LAS VEGAS, LOS ANGELES (LAX), NEW YORK (JFK), ORLANDO, PHOENIX, SAN FRANCISCO (SFO), SEATTLE, & WASHINGTON DULLES.
1998 = 2.6 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX).
NOW HAS 11 727'S & 4 DC-10-15'S, MOSTLY TO BEACH DESTINATIONS.
MARCH 1999: 727-2M7 (21655), EX-AVANT (LIC).
APRIL 1999: 1,200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 260 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 450 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 120 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
MAY 1999: 1 ORDER (JUNE 1999) 727-200 (22770, N291SC), STAGE 3, RIVERHORSE 5 YEARS LEASED.
JUNE 1999: LAUNCHES SCHEDULED SERVICES FROM MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL CHALLENGING NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA) IN ITS LEADING BUSINESS MARKETS.
6 ORDERS (JANUARY 2001) 737-800'S, (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED.
OCTOBER 1999: 1 727-2M7 (21202) PEGASUS (PSS) LEASED.
NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 = +$12.43 MILLION (-$11.18 MILLION).
1 727-200 (21601) RETURNED TO INTREPID (INL), LEASED TO AMERICAN TRANSAIR (AAT).
DECEMBER 1999: 727-276 (20950) SABRE AIRLINES (SBE) LEASED UNTIL MAY 2000. 727-200 (21345) RETURNED TO (INL), LEASED TO AMERICAN TRANS AIR (AAT).
FEBRUARY 2000: MILWAUKEE TO LOS ANGELES (LAX), AND SEATTLE.
MARCH 2000: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S SEVERAL USA TO MEXICO SCHEDULED FLIGHTS.
APRIL 2000: IN SEPTEMBER 1999, 1-STOP SERVICE, FROM BOSTON, MILWAUKEE OR DETROIT, VIA MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL TO SAN DIEGO. TO FORT LAUDERDALE.
1,200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 260 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 450 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 120 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JUNE 2000: 727-2J4 (20764) "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK, AT PRIDE INTERNATIONAL MAINTENANCE CENTER, LOUISIANA. 1 727-224 (22449), EX-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL), PEGASUS (PSS) 3 YEAR LEASED.
JULY 2000: 1999 = -$16.87 MILLION (+$12.43 MILLION): 5.19 BILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC (-5.4%); 72.9% LF LOAD FACTOR; 1.79 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-64.2%); 2.52 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (-3.3%); 1,359 EMPLOYEES (+12.2%).
6 ORDERS (JANUARY 2001) 737-8Q8, (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED.
AUGUST 2000: IN OCTOBER 2000, TO CHICAGO (ORD) (727-200 OR DC-10-15).
SEPTEMBER 2000: IN DECEMBER 2000 TO APRIL 2001, TO HONOLULU (WEEKLY).
1 727-2J4 (20766, /73 67 23, N211DB), EX-DISCOVERY (SKY), RIVERHORSE (RVR) LEASED.
NOVEMBER 2000: 1 727-225 (21578), SABRE AIRLINES (SBE) LEASED. PLANS +8 ORDERS (JANUARY 2001) 737'S, AND WILL INVEST IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT). WILL STOP FLYING DC-10'S IN MAY 2001, & WORK ON A REPLACEMENT PLAN FOR ITS 727'S. 6 ORDERS (JANUARY 2001) 737-800'S, AND 2 ORDERS (NOVEMBER 2001) 737-700'S.
DECEMBER 2000: PLANS TO DISPOSE OF ITS DC-10'S BY MAY 2001, AND WILL SELL ITS 727'S AS NEW 737'S ARRIVE.
JANUARY 2001: 1ST 737-8Q8 (30627, N800SY "PRIMO").
FEBRUARY 2001: 2ND 737-8Q8 (30332, N801SY "PETRA").
MARCH 2001: 1 737-8Q8 (30628, N802SY) DELIVERY.
APRIL 2001: DAVID BANMILLER PRESIDENT & (COO).
RETURNED 2 727-200'S, AND 3 DC-10-15'S TO LESSORS (20765 & 21578).
MAY 2001: STARTS TRANSCONTINENTAL SERVICES BOSTON, NEW YORK (JFK), AND WASHINGTON DULLES TO LOS ANGELES (LAX), SAN FRANCISCO (SFO), AND SEATTLE, VIA MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL.
GORDON GRAVES VP AIRPLANE ACQUISITIONS AND ACTING QUALITY ASSURANCE/QUALITY CONTROL DIRECTOR.
1 737-8Q8 (28241, N803SY) DELIVERY.
AUGUST 2001: DALLAS TO CANCUN, AND COZUMEL. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S SERVICE (SEASONAL) TO ARUBA (727-200, WEEKLY, NONSTOPS).
1 737-800, TRANSAVIA (TAV) LEASED FOR SUMMER OPERATIONS. 1 737-8Q8 (30689, N804SY) DELIVERY.
OCTOBER 2001: FOLLOWING AIRLINE INDUSTRY DOWNTURN, CUTS -250 JOBS TO MATCH ITS -26% SCHEDULE REDUCTION.
737-800 DELIVERY DELAYED. 2 727-200'S RETURNED TO LESSORS, LEAVING 10.
NOVEMBER 2001: LOOKING FOR OUTSIDE INVESTORS TO PROVIDE LONG-TERM CAPITAL FOR THE AIRLINE (I.E., IT'S FOR SALE!).
GROUNDS ALL 727'S & WILL OPERATE 7 NEW 737NG'S. 1 737-7Q8 (30629, N710SY), & 1 737-8Q8 (30032, N805SY) DELIVERIES.
DECEMBER 2001: SUSPENDS ALL SCHEDULED OPERATIONS.
WILL FOCUS ON CHARTER FLIGHTS FOR TOUR OPERATORS, SPORTS TEAMS, AND MILITARY OPERATIONS.
PREVIOUS WINTER, CHARTER FLYING FOR FUNJET VACATIONS/MARK TRAVEL, HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER BY AMERICAN TRANS AIR (AAT), WITH 727-200'S.
RETURNED 4 LEASED 727'S, AND 4 LEASED 737NG'S. OF THE REMAINING 7, PLAN CALLS FOR RETENTION OF 2 727'S, AND 2 737-800'S.
JANUARY 2002: CREDITORS, INCLUDING PEGASUS (PSS) AND RIVERHORSE (RVR) FILED AN INVOLUNTARY BANKRUPTCY PETITION, SEEKING TO LIQUIDATE SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES (SCA). (SCA) HAS BEEN UP FOR SALE, SINCE NOVEMBER.
LAYS OFF ALL EMPLOYEES, EXCEPT 6 (REQUIRED BY (FAA) TO MAINTAIN OPERATOR'S CERTIFICATE), INCLUDING DAVE BANMILLER (CEO); MARK OSTENBERG (CFO); BILL HAYES VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS; GORDON GRAVES DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE/QUALITY CONTROL; CRAIG HIRMAN DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE; & TONY KUBIT DIRECTOR SAFETY.
FEBRUARY 2002: WILL RESUME SCHEDULED SERVICES IN MARCH 2002, TO 11 CITIES.
LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) FROM INVESTOR GROUP CALLED MN AIRLINES LLC WILL KEEP SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES (SCA) FLYING WITH 4 AIRPLANES, AND ABOUT 100 EMPLOYEES.
MARCH 2002: CURRENTLY OPERATING 2 727-200'S, AND 2 737-800'S.
APRIL 2002: 737-800 DELIVERY.
MAY 2002: DAVID BANMILLER, 58, (CEO) RESIGNED, AND WAS REPLACED BY JAY SALMEN, 53, AN ATTORNEY FROM ST PAUL, WHO JOINED SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES (SCA) AS PRESIDENT IN APRIL 2002, A FEW DAYS AFTER A NEW INVESTOR GROUP, (MN) AIRLINES, BOUGHT (SCA) FOR $3.1 MILLION. DAVID BANMILLER WILL REMAIN WITH (SCA) AS A CONSULTANT.
TO ORLANDO AND FORT MYERS.
July 2002: 2001 = -$91.04 million (-$41.01 million): 4.09 billion (RPK) traffic (-22.5%); 73.9% LF load factor; 1.99 million passengers (PAX) (-24.9%); 334,000 (FTK) freight traffic (-5.4%); 1,400 employees (+22.8%).
August 2002: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) now has 250 employees.
Flies to 12 cities. In winter, will add service to Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun.
Currently flies 2 727's and 3 737's. Leases on the older 727's expire in September 2002 & November 2002 and will not be renewed. Instead, (SCA) will take delivery of +4 737's, 168 PAX.
September 2002: 2 orders (November 2002) 737-8K2's (28377, PH-HZE; 28380, PH-HZI), Transavia (TAV) 5 month leased. 1 737-8Q8 (28215), ex-North American (NNA), (ILF) leased September 2002.
November 2002: To Miami, and Harlingen. In December 2002, to Orlando to Fort Myers, to Cancun, to San Juan to St Thomas, and to Cozumel. In January 2003, to St Petersburg, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs, Mazatlan, and Gulfport.
Retired its last 727-2J4 (21438, N284SC) WFU. 1 737-8Q8 (30332, N801SY), (ILF) leased (again). 1 737-8K2 (28377, PH-HZE), (TAV) wet-leased.
December 2002: 2 737-8K2's (28380, PH-HZI; 30650, PH-HZV), Transavia (TAV) wet-leased 5 months.
March 2003: In June 2003, Phoenix Williams Gateway Airport (IWA) to Laughlin, Nevada (737-800).
October 2003: Minneapolis to Fort Myers, Miami (weekends).
November 2003: Minneapolis to Harlingen.
December 2003: Minneapolis to Tampa, San Juan, St Thomas, Cancun, Mazatlan, & Puerto Vallarta (2x-weekly).
2 737-8K2's (28379; 30389), Transavia (TAV) wet-leased.
January 2004: Minneapolis to Bullhead City, Palm Springs (3x-weekly), Aruba (Sats), St Maarten, Fort Lauderdale (weekends), Manzanillo (Tuesdays), Cozumel (Saturdays).
February 2004: Minneapolis toO Gulfport.
After emerging from bankruptcy, (SCA) is operating on a hybrid business model: re-positioning itself as a low cost carrier (LCC), but also relies on a guaranteed revenue stream from Nevada tour packages.
April 2004: 2 737-8K2's (28379; 30650) returned to Transavia (TAV).
May 2004: Minneapolis to Anchorage.
July 2004: Chose Keynote Systems' Application Perspective Outside Edition service for Web performance measurement and management.
October 2004: Minneapolis to Fort Myers; to Miami (Saturdays); to Cancun (daily).
737-8BK (33016, N807SY), (CIT) (TCI) leased. 737-8K2 (28379, PH-HZG), Transavia (TAV) wet-leased.
November 2004: Minneapolis to Tampa; ; to Harlingen (weekends); to Houston (Saturdays). In December 2005, Minneapolis to St Thomas, San Juan; to Mazatlan; to San Juan (Sundays); Puerto Vallarta (2x-weekly); to Manzanillo (Tuesdays); to Cozumel (Saturdays). In January 2005, Minneapolis to Palm Springs (2x-weekly); to Fort Lauderdale; to St Maarten to San Juan. In May 2005, Minneapolis to San Francisco.
737-8K2 (28248, PH-HZX), Transavia (TAV) wet-leased.
December 2004: Minneapolis to Acapulco.
3 737-8K2's (28374, PH-HZB; 28380, PH-HZI; 30650, PH-HZV), (TAV) wet-leased.
March 2005: Shaun Nugent (CEO).
737-8BK (33021, N808SY), (CIT) (TCI) leased.
April 2005: 737-8K2 (28375, PH-HZC) returned to Transavia (TAV).
November 2005: 3 737-8K2's (28373, PH-HZA; 28374, PH-HZB; 30650, PH-HZV), Transavia (TAV) wet-leased for Winter season.
April 2006: (ARINC) said Sun Country Airlines (SCA) signed a long-term extension of its datalink communications contract.
May 2006: Sun Country Airlines (SCA), said its 1st-quarter net income increased nearly +7% over the year-ago quarter to +$5.5 million as revenues rose +15% to $76.5 million and passenger boardings grew +7% to 531,867. (SCA) said it maintained "virtually identical" year-over-year unit costs, excluding fuel. It operates a fleet of 7 leased 737-800s to destinations in the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean.
(SCA) plans to retrofit 7 737-800s with Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) blended winglets.
June 2006: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) inaugurated nonstop service from Minneapolis to Washington's Dulles International Airport. (SCA) now operates daily service, except on Saturdays, using a 737.
July 2006: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) announced that Petters Aviation, a subsidiary of Petters Group Worldwide and Whitebox Advisors, will purchase (SCA). The transaction will be finalized over the next few months. "This sale will allow us to continue to develop our strong consumer offering, as well as provide necessary capital for future business growth," (SCA) (CEO) Shaun Nugent said. (SCA) operates 9 737-800s to 31 destinations in the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean.
September 2006: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) operates scheduled, jet airplane services from Minneapolis/St Paul, together with charter flights to points in North America and the Caribbean.
Employees = 800.
(IATA) Code: SY - 337. (ICAO) Code: SCX - SUN COUNTRY.
Parent organization/shareholders: MN Airlines (100%).
Main Base: Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport (MSP).
Hub: Las Vegas McCarran International airport (LAS).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Abilene; Albuquerque; Amarillo; Anchorage; Bismark; Bullhead City; Cedar Rapids; Columbus; Dallas/Fort Worth; Denver; Fort Myers; Green Bay; Harlingen; Houston; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; Minneapolis/St Paul; New York; Orlando; Palm Springs; Phoenix; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Sioux Falls; & Tampa.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Acapulco; Cancun; Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo; Manzanillo; Mazatlan; Montego Bay; Puerto Vallarta; San Jose Cabo; San Juan; St Maartenn; & St Thomas.
November 2006: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) has been acquired by a group of investors, who said they plan to expand (SCA) and develop markets for both business and leisure travelers. The acquisition of (SCA) by Petters Group and Whitebox Advisors was concluded October 31.
4 737-8K2's (28248, PH-HZX (see photo)); 28375, PH-HZC; 28379, PH-HZG; 30646, PH-HZY), Transavia (TAV) leased.
April 2007: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) named Champion Air (GRD) President & (CEO) Stephen Spellman as its new (CFO) & (COO). (SCA) announced that (CEO) Shaun Nugent resigned effective immediately, citing personal reasons. Petters Aviation President, T Jay Salmen, who was (SCA)'s (CEO) in 2002 to 2006, will serve as interim (CEO).
Hawaiian Airlines (HWI) led all USA carriers with a 93.8% ontime percentage in March, according to data compiled by FlightStats. Among continental carriers, Southwest Airlines (SWA) (84.4%) was the most punctual of the 39 measured. The worst on time rates belonged to US Airways (AMW)/(USA) (56.6%). Sun Country Airlines (SCA) was the only carrier not to cancel a single flight.
(SCA) completed negotiations for the lease of 2 winglet-equipped 737-800s. It will take delivery of its 9th and 10th airplanes in July and August.
July 2007: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) launched a new loyalty program, "Ufly Rewards," based on a points system awarding 10 points per return coach flight and a free trip with 100 points with "no blackout dates or restrictions."
737-8BK (29635, N810SY), ex-Delta Airlines (DAL), (CIT) Group (TCI) leased.
September 2007: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) increased frequencies from Minneapolis/St Paul to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington Dulles, and said it will launch service to Tucson and West Palm Beach in December. Additions are made possible by the delivery of 2 737s.
All furloughed pilots (FC) have been recalled.
November 2007: 2.01 billion (RPK)s traffic (+2.11%); (+6.62%) (ASK)s capacity; 68.8% LF load factor (-3%); 473,000 (FTK)s freight traffic +5.19%); 895,000 passengers (+.79%).
2 737-8K2s (28375, PH-HZC; 28379, PH-HZG), Transavia (TAV) wet-leased.
December 2007: Sun Country (SCA) is accepting Flight Crew (FC) resumes. The carrier expects to begin hiring pilots (FC) again in 2008.
2 737-8K2s (28373, PH-HZA; 28380, PH-HZI), Transavia (TAV) wet-leased.
January 2008: 2007 Performance Statistics: 3.59 billion (RPK)s traffic (+6.08%); +8.45% (ASK)s capacity; -1.5 load factor 66.4% LF; 1.16 million (FTK)s (+34.92%) freight traffic; 1.64 million passengers (+4.2%).
SEE ATTACHED - - "SCA-2007-STATS."
Sun Country Airlines (SCA) launched 10-times-weekly, New York (JFK) to West Palm Beach.
March 2008: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) ended a 10-month search for a new Chief Executive (CEO), naming AirTran (CQT) (CFO) Stan Gadek as its new President & (CEO) effective March 10. Jay Salmen President of (SCA) parent, Petters Aviation, will step down as interim (CEO) and serve as Vice Chairman of (SCA). Salmen, (SCA)'s (CEO) in 2002 to 2006, took the interim role when former (CEO) Shaun Nugent resigned last spring. Gadek has served as (CQT) (CFO) since 2000, playing a key role in that airline's rapid growth. "In this difficult industry, Stan's extensive experience in M&A, debt and equity financing will be of significant value to (SCA)," Salmen said.
(SCA) operates 9 737-800s on both charter and scheduled services to points in the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean.
April 2008: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) will furlough 45 of its 156 pilots (FC) from May 1 to October 31, during which time it will lease out 2 of its 9 737-800s to Air France (AFA)-(KLM) subsidiary, Transavia (TAV). While (SCA) does not plan to cut routes, it will reduce frequencies on existing routes during the period. (SCA), which operates its fleet of 737-800s on scheduled services and charters to points in the USA, Mexico, and the Caribbean, does more robust business during the winter months, as it caters to leisure passengers from cold weather cities, traveling to warm weather vacation spots.
New (CEO) Stan Gadek, who last month left his position as AirTran (CQT) (CFO) to take the top spot at (SCA), said (SCA) will put even greater "emphasis on leisure markets." He explained that (SCA) must be "recast" to manage high fuel costs and a weak USA economy and will focus "on our core strengths." He added that "new channels of revenue such as flying military charters" will be explored.
2 737-8BKs (33016, PH-HSV; 33021, PH-HSU), leased to TransAvia (TAV). 4 737-8K2s (28375; 28379; 28380; 30650), returned to (TAV).
May 2008: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) expects to have 45 pilots (FC) on furlough status over the summer.
June 2008: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) launched a cashless cabin project and now will accept only Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards for on board purchases.
(SCA) will lease an additional 737-700 for use "during its busy summer travel season," and said it will recall pilots (FC) impacted by its April furloughs.
September 2008: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) moved to become financially independent from parent company, Petters Group Wordwide, which has become ensnared in a USA federal criminal investigation, that led to the recent abrupt resignation of Chairman & (CEO) Tom Petters. Petters Group offices and Petters' personal home were raided by the (FBI) and Internal Revenue Service, which allege that the company head and certain associates were involved in a massive multimillion-dollar fraud scheme. Petters was arrested by the (FBI) and charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. (SCA) faces a credit crunch as a result of the scandal.
(SCA) (CEO) Stan Gadek told employees that (SCA) must gain its independence and proposed a temporary -50% cut in workers' pay to enable it to do so. "This is a letter that I hoped I would never have to write," he said in correspondence to employees. "The events of this past week have come as a surprise to me, as I am sure it has been to you." (SCA) has not been implicated in the federal probe. Gadek explained that (SCA) will be short of money in the 4th quarter, but should be able to recoup it in the 2009 1st quarter. "Under normal circumstances, (SCA) would have requested a short-term loan from the parent company with repayment to be made from 1st quarter 2009 earnings," he explained. "That option is not available to us now." He said he will forgo pay "until this crisis is resolved" and has proposed to unions that all employees be paid just half their salary for the 4th quarter. He referred to the move as a "pay deferral" and indicated that workers could get the money back next year. "Our leadership team and I are working hard to raise cash and reduce expenditures as quickly as we can," he wrote. "We are going to vendors and asking for assistance. We are seeking new cash investment. All of this will take time, but in the interim, we will have to shoulder the burden. There will be better days ahead."
Speaking to the "Star Tribune," Gadek said he would "go forward with [the pay deferral] regardless" of whether unions support it, though he emphasized that he hoped to gain their consent. (SCA) operates a fleet of 9 737-800s on scheduled services and charters to points in the USA, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
Continental Airlines (CAL) was not the only USA carrier to revise its baggage policy, as (SCA) said it will begin charging $12 for the 1st checked bag for all economy (Y) passengers for travel on or after October 1.
(SCA) applied for rights to fly from Milwaukee to various Mexican sunshine destinations for the winter. Among them are Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.
(SCA) has 37 pilots (FC) on furlough status.
October 2008: Sun Country Airlines (SCA), which is seeking to gain financial independence from scandal-hit parent, Petters Group Worldwide (PGW), announced that President & (CEO) Stan Gadek was appointed Chairman, replacing Tom Petters, who resigned.
(SCA) has warned its 850 employees they could face furloughs or even a complete shutdown as early as December 1. (SCA) sent its letter to comply with a federal regulation requiring 60 days' notice of any large-scale job cuts. "We are doing everything in our power to make sure that we stay viable," a spokeswoman said. "Our vendors are in discussions with us and they've been very helpful." Stan Gadek said (SCA) must gain its financial independence from (PGW), proposing that its 850 employees take a temporary -50% pay cut for the remainder of the year.
Complicating (SCA)'s survival effort is the fact that Southwest Airlines (SWA) announced that it will launch service from Minneapolis/ St Paul (MSP) to Chicago Midway (MDW) in March. While (SCA) does not fly to Chicago, it could be hurt by the move, because passengers could connect at (MDW) to (SWA) flights to popular vacation destinations served by (SCA), such as Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Orlando.
Later, (SCA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but insisted it will "operate business as usual." (SCA) has been on shaky ground since its parent company, Petters Group Worldwide (PGW) became ensnared in a USA federal criminal investigation related to an alleged fraud scheme. Recently resigned (PGW) Chairman Tom Petters, who was arrested, relinquished his role as the (SCA) Chairman. President & (CEO) Stan Gadek became Chairman and said (SCA), which has not been implicated in the federal probe, needed to secure its financial independence. Gadek said that the bankruptcy filing was forced on (SCA) as "a result of recent events at Petters Group Worldwide," adding, "We do not anticipate any disruptions and expect to operate business as usual. Customers can book their flights in confidence." In a statement issued prior to the bankruptcy filing, (SCA) said that a letter sent to workers warning of a possible shutdown by December 1 was merely a precaution and ensures that (SCA) complies with federal law regarding notification of possible layoffs within 60 days. "We are meeting our financial obligations and have every confidence we will continue to fly," (SCA) said in the statement. "We have been very open about the financial challenges we face since the situation with our parent company developed. However, we have made progress in negotiating with vendors and identifying additional sources of revenue. We have taken the very difficult step of instituting a pay deferral but have received employee support during this challenging time."
(SCA) operates a fleet of 9 737-800s on scheduled services and charters to points in the USA, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
December 2008: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) received USA Bankruptcy Court approval for a line of credit, that will allow it to restore employees to full pay and meet other financial obligations. (SCA), which is working its way through Chapter 11 restructuring, was paying workers just 70% of their salaries. (SCA) did not reveal the origin of the debtor-in-possession financing, but news reports named Elite Landings, another subsidiary of (SCA) parent, Petters Group Worldwide.
Employees of beleaguered (SCA) got a holiday boost when the company announced it would begin repaying salaries deferred since the fall. (CEO) Stan Gadek said in an e-mail that the company would distribute the 1st round of checks on Christmas Eve rather than waiting until next year, as originally planned. Thanks to budget cuts, falling fuel prices and more charter business, "We're hitting our forecasted numbers," Gadek said, predicting that (SCA) would break even in the 4th quarter. The airline plans to continue repaying deferred salaries every month through April 2009.
January 2009: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) reported a -$21.4 million loss in 2008, narrowed from a -$35 million deficit the year before. Chairman & (CEO) Stan Gadek called the result "a significant improvement based upon the successful turnaround" of the company. "Based on current booking and revenue trends, we expect to be profitable in 1st quarter and full-year 2009," he claimed. 4th quarter net profit of $955,000 compared to an $18 million loss in the year-ago period and was (SCA)'s 1st profitable 4th quarter in 5 years. It also announced the launch of 6x-weekly flights from Minneapolis-St Paul to Boston beginning May 1.
2 737-73Vs (30241, N241CL; 30245, N711SY), CIT Group (TCI) leased, ex-Easyjet (EZY), ex-(G-EZJI; G-EZJJ).
February 2009: 737-8Q8 (28237, N813SY), (ILF) leased, ex-(OY-SED).
March 2009: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) will launch 3x-weekly, Dallas/Fort Worth to Branson service on May 11.
April 2009: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) soared to a +$8.1 million net profit in the 1st quarter, reversed from a -$8.3 million loss in the year-ago period, thanks to "significant year-over-year gains in charter and ancillary revenue" and a +8.3% rise in passenger unit revenue to 8.31 cents. It began charging for the 1st checked bag last October. Its 1st-quarter operating profit of +$9.8 million was a company record. It said operating (CASM) dropped -5.9% to 8.06 cents owing to falling fuel costs and "improved cost controls and efficiencies." Load factor surged +8.3 points to 79.8% LF. The Minnesota-based leisure carrier added two 737-700s during the quarter. It also said that it will complete the repayment of deferred wages on April 22, including 3% interest.
737-8BK (33016), returned to the (CIT) Group (TCI). 737-8K2 (28380, PH-HZI), returned to TransAvia (TAV).
May 2009: 737-8BK (33021), returned to the (CIT) Group (TCI).
June 2009: 737-8Q8 (30683, N809SY), leased to Caribbean Airways (TTA).
July 2009: 737-8BK (29635), returned to the (CIT) Group (TCI).
August 2009: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) will limit taxi time to 4 hours on all flights, following a 5 hour, 45 minutes delay to a flight scheduled to depart New York (JFK) for Minneapolis St Paul on August 21. Under the new policy, after 4 hours, (SCA) will return the airplane to the gate area and disembark the passengers.
September 2009: (ILFC) (ILF) announced a lease deal for one used 737-800 to Sun Country Airlines (SCA) for 51 months.
October 2009: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) has 37 pilots (FC) on furlough status. (SCA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on October 6, 2008 but is still operating.
December 2009: 737-8K2s (28375, PH-HZC; 28380, PH-HZI), Transavia (TAV) leased.
March 2010: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) will operate weekly flights between Minneapolis St Paul and London Stansted (STN) June 11 to August 15 aboard a 2-class 737-800. (STN) will be (SCA)'s 1st destination outside the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean since the mid-1990s. The flight will refuel in Gander. (SCA) currently has no plans for further international service "right now," although it will "see how [the new route] goes." It operates a fleet of 9 737-800s.
Delta (DAL) TechOps expanded its maintenance agreement with Sun Country Airlines (SCA) to cover Auxiliary Power unit (APU) and component Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services. The deal covers (APU)s on 9 737NGs for 5 years and extends an existing inventory supply and service contract covering (SCA)'s entire 737NG fleet through 2018.
May 2010: 737-8BK (29660, N811SY), returned to (CIT) Group (TCI). 1 order 737-7Q8 (28219, N712SY), ex-(PR-GOU).
June 2010: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) will operate seasonal weekly Minneapolis St Paul to London Stansted service through August 15 aboard a 737-800.
737-7Q8 (28219, N712SY), (ILF) leased, ex-(PR-GOU).
July 2010: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) will launch service from Lansing to Las Vegas (2x-weekly), Fort Myers (3x-weekly, increasing to 4x-weekly during peak travel periods), Orlando (2x-weekly, increasing to 3x-weekly, December 2 to January 4), Montego Bay (weekly) and Cancun (4x-weekly) on December 22.
August 2010: JetBlue Airways (JBL) and Sun Country Airlines (SCA) launched campaigns offering passes for “unlimited travel.” (JBL) is offering an "All You Can JetPass," which it described as a “no boundaries” pass that makes available every seat on every flight between September 7 and October 6 to travel to >60 destinations. There are 2 kinds of passes: 1 for weekly travel only and 1 that includes weekends. The pass must be purchased by August 20. (SCA) said its “Fall Free For All” pass will offer 37 days of unlimited travel to any destination it services this fall.
September 2010: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) received court approval for its plan of reorganization and said it is on its way to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. "The plan provides cash payments to certain creditors as well as the distribution of equity in the reorganized company to other creditors," (SCA) said. Chairman, President & (CEO) Stan Gadek added that (SCA) would "emerge as a profitable and debt free company." (SCA) did not say when it will exit bankruptcy. It noted that creditors eligible to vote "overwhelming approved" the reorganization plan.
The airline filed for Chapter 11 protection in October 2008 after its then-parent company, Petters Group Worldwide (PGW), became ensnared in a USA federal criminal investigation related to an alleged fraud scheme. (PGW) Chairman Tom Petters was eventually convicted and is serving a 50-year prison sentence.
December 2010: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) will operate 2x-weekly, Minneapolis/St Paul to London Gatwick service between May 27 to September 4.
(SCA) beat out bigger competitors for newly available slots for service at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The selection will provide a boost to service both from its home base at Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport and the operations it soon will begin from Lansing, Michigan. The USA Transportation Department (DOT) awarded the slots to (SCA), so it can begin daily service from Lansing. But the service also benefits (SCA) from its home base because the flights will originate at Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP) and stop in Lansing before continuing on to National, and vice versa. The slots were available for service to a medium-hub or smaller airport within 1,250 miles of National. Midwest Airlines (MWX) has been using them for a 3rd daily flight to Kansas City, but after Republic Airways acquired Midwest (MWX) and Frontier Airlines (FRO) and began integrating them under the (FRO) brand, the (DOT) ruled the slots would have to be re-awarded. In the new proceeding, (FRO), Southwest Airlines (SWA), AirTran Airways (CQT) and US Airways (AMW)/(USA) also applied. But the (DOT) rated (SCA)’s proposal as superior because it met more of the criteria for carrier selection under the federal law governing slot allocation.
“(SCA) is a new entrant, would provide nonstop service to a small community that currently does not have nonstop service to (DCA), and has a history of offering low fares,” the (DOT) said. (SCA) plans to offer 2-class service on 129-seat or 162-seat 737 airplanes. It must begin the service by April 1 or risk losing the slots, and must provide the flight schedule to the (DOT) by December 24.
(SCA) told the (DOT) that it expects to carry 31,000 passengers annually between Lansing and National, and +51,000 passengers who are continuing the flight to or from Minneapolis/St Paul. It says its projected $145 average one-way fare for (MSP) to National, currently served nonstop only by Delta Air Lines (DAL), will be about -34% lower than current average fares for the market. No airline has a nonstop service in the Lansing to National market, but (SCA) says its fares will be about -20% lower (at about $130) than the average currently available for connecting service. (SCA) is betting on the viability of service from Capital Regional International Airport in Lansing, even though (DAL) has a hub about 74 miles away in Detroit. (SCA) starts service December 22 to Orlando, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Cancun, and Montego Bay. Lansing also is very close to Michigan State University and within a 90-minute drive of most of the state’s population, and the Mid-Michigan Business Travel Coalition campaigned for (SCA) to be awarded the rights to National.
Sun Country Airlines (SCA) has recalled all pilots (FC). (SCA) is accepting flight crew (FC) applications.
February 2011: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) hired 10 pilots (FC) in December and has no plans to hire in the next 3 months. (SCA) is accepting flight crew (FC) applications.
June 2011: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) will operate seasonal weekly, 737-800 service from Minneapolis/St Paul to Liberia, Costa Rica, from January 13 through April 13.
July 2011: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) said it has been sold to Cambria Holdings. (SCA) operates a fleet of 12 737-800s to 38 destinations (including seasonal services). It has struggled with ownership and financial problems for several years, including going through a bankruptcy restructuring.
(SCA) President & (CEO) Stan Gadek said, "We look forward to working with our new owners to continue to expand our services. The acquisition is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our employees during these past few years. I am very proud of our people and what we have accomplished during some challenging times." (SCA) has >800 employees. No immediate changes to its operations are expected.
October 2011: 737-7Q8 (30635, N713SY), (ILF) leased.
January 2012: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) conducted a class of 6 Flight Crew (FC) First Officers in December. Flight Crew (FC) applicants can mail their resumes to Sun Country Airlines, Attn: Human Resources, 1300 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, MN 55120.
January 2013: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) inaugurated flights on 4 routes in the last days of December, as it launched 1 route each domestic and international from both Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP) and Lansing, Michigan (LAN). Flights on all routes are operated using (SCA)’s fleet of 737-800s on seasonal basis and will be discontinued in early April.
February 2013: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) added yet another seasonal route from Lansing, Michigan (LAN) on 1 February, and now offers weekly services to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) in the Dominican Republic. The 737-800-operated flights will be discontinued in early April.
April 2013: SEE ATTACHED - - "SCA-2013-04 - UPDATE."
Sun Country (SCA) will begin 2x-daily, Chicago Midway to Minneapolis/Saint Paul on July 1.
July 2013: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) started flying on the 560 km domestic route from Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP) to Chicago Midway (MDW) on July 1. A total of 13x-weekly are offered on the route and operated using 737-700s, facing substantial competition from Southwest Airlines (SWA) (52x-daily) and Delta Air Lines (DAL) (47).
August 2013: According to FAPA.aero, Sun Country Airlines (SCA) hired approximately 30 pilots (FC) in 2012. Has plans to hire up to 35 in 2013.
September 2013: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) launched non-stop Minneapolis-St Paul (MSP) to Washington Reagan (DCA) on August 20th. (SCA)’s new 1,500 km, non-stop route has been scheduled 6x-weekly using 737-800s. (SCA) competes on the non-stop leg with Delta Air Lines (DAL), who offer 5x-daily and US Airways (AMW)/(USA) which offers 19x-weekly flights. The airline also plans to increase to a daily frequency on May 1st 2014 for the latest non-stop addition.
March 2014: For the second consecutive month, after 15 months of reported declines, full-time equivalent (FTE) employment at USA scheduled passenger airlines has registered a monthly increase year-over-year.
In February, USA scheduled passenger airlines employed 381,985 full-time workers, up +0.4% year-over-year, according to figures from the USA Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
It was the 3rd consecutive month in which full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs at USA scheduled passenger airlines increased year-over-year. The February total registers +1,571 more (FTE) jobs among USA scheduled passenger carriers than in February 2013.
Among the USA major/network carriers, year-over-year increases in February (FTE) jobs were seen at US Airways (AMW)/(USA) (up +3.6%), Alaska Airlines (ASA) (up +2.7%), American Airlines (AAL) (up +0.4%) and Delta Air Lines (DAL) (up +0.2%). United Airlines (UAL) reported losing -1.8% of its (FTE) positions year-over-year. Overall, the USA major/network carriers saw a +0.1% year-over-year increase in February (FTE) employees.
Hawaiian Airlines (HWI), a major carrier classified by (BTS) as an “other carrier” (airlines that operate within specific niche markets) reported a year-over-year February increase of +332 (FTE) positions, up +7.5%.
Overall, (FTE) positions at the major USA low-cost-carriers (LCCs) grew +0.7% year-over-year in February. Spirit Airlines (SPR) had the largest concentration of year-over-year growth, expanding its February (FTE) job count by +16.8%, to 3,534 (FTE) employees; Allegiant Air (WJE)’s monthly (FTE) job count grew as well, up +14.3% from February 2013, to 2.134 (FTE) employees. Increases also occurred at Virgin America (VUS) (up +6.7%) and JetBlue Airways (JBL) (up +4.9%). February (FTE) job declines were seen at Frontier Airlines (FRO) (down -7.4%) and Southwest Airlines (SWA) (down -1.7%).
Sun Country Airlines (SCA), a national carrier/(LCC) classified by (BTS) as an “other carrier,” registered a year-over-year February increase of +169 (FTE) positions, up +17.4%.
Ranked by (FTE) workforce, the top 10 passenger airlines for February were: United Airlines (UAL) (80,694 (FTE) employees), Delta Air Lines (DAL) (73,602), American Airlines (AAL) (59,699) (less US Airways (AMW)/(USA) - see later, Southwest (SWA) (45,091), US Airways (AMW)/(USA) (31,604), JetBlue Airways (JBL) (13,301), and Alaska Airlines (ASA) (10,192).
June 2014: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) has taken delivery of 1 used 737-800 airplane on long-term lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALE).
July 2014: Condor (CDF) has inked an interline agreement with Sun Country Airlines (SCA) to add new USA services from the summer season of 2015. Currently, (CDF) and (SCA)’s cooperation agreement enables Condor (CDF)’s passengers on its 2x-weekly, Frankfurt to Minneapolis services to connect on Sun Country (SCA) flights to cities including Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Seattle/Tacoma, Washington state; Los Angeles, California; or Chicago Midway.
Condor (CDF) has a similar cooperation with Alaska Airlines (ASA) that connects services through Seattle, Las Vegas to points in California, Oregon, and Hawaii.
August 2014: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) increased its seasonal offering at St Pete-Clearwater, Florida (PIE) with a new non-stop link to Gulfport, Massachusetts (GPT) on August 12th. The 679 km airport pair will be served 5x-weekly until September 30th, utilizing (SCA)’s 129-seat 737-700s. There is no competition on (SCA)’s new route.
April 2015: Delta (DAL) TechOps will extend its auxiliary power unit (APU) partnership with Sun Country Airlines (SCA) for an additional 5-year term. As (SCA)’s exclusive (APU) partner, Delta TechOps will provide maintenance on the (GTCP) 131-9B (APU)s for 21 Boeing 737s.
August 2015: News Item A-1: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) commenced 2 new routes on August 27 from Minneapolis-St Paul (MSP). (SCA) will operate weekly services on a Thursday to both Savannah (SAV) and Gulfport (GPT). The 1,756 km city pair to Savannah and the 1,648 km sector to Gulfport will both be operated using (SCA)’s 737-800s, and neither will face direct competition. This brings to 16 the number of destinations (SCA) serves from Minneapolis-St Paul.
News Item A-2: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) named Zarir Erani as next President & (CEO), effective September 8, succeeding John Fredricksen, who will continue to negotiate with pilots (FC) on a new contract.
September 2015: After 5 years of negotiations, Sun Country Airlines (SCA) has reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract with its pilots (FC).
In a joint statement, (SCA) and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents (SCA)’s 250 pilots (FC), cited a “breakthrough to an agreement [that] came during a [negotiating] session” at the USA National Mediation Board’s Washington DC offices. The sometimes acrimonious negotiations between (SCA) and the pilots (FC) had included the flight deck crew (FC) talking about striking earlier this year.
“Our local union leadership has reviewed the agreement presented by our negotiators and unanimously approved sending it out to our membership for ratification,” (ALPA) Sun Country (SCA) Master Executive Council Chairman Brian Roseen said. “This tentative agreement represents a major leap forward in bringing pilot (FC) wages into line with their peers.”
Other than the 5-year term of the deal, contract details were not made public. (ALPA) expects ratification voting to take place in October, concluding by October 31.
“While the arduous process of 2 parties coalescing to agreement surrounding labor contracts is emotionally charged and sometimes turbulent, we appreciate the professionalism that our pilots (FC) exhibited throughout,” (SCA) Chairman Marty Davis said.
December 2015: News Item A-1: Baggage fees revenues for USA airlines in (3Q) 2015 rose +6.2% year-over-year, to $1.02 billion, according to the USA Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). It is the 1st time 3rd-quarter baggage fee revenues have surpassed the $1 billion threshold.
In contrast, reservation cancellation/change fees revenues for the 11 major USA reporting airlines plus 2 other carriers (Sun Country Airlines (SCA) and Island Air Hawaii) were down -0.4% year-over-year (YOY), to $755.2 million.
In figures released December 15 by the (BTS), a USA Department of Transportation agency, American Airlines (AAL)’s (3Q) revenue figures in both categories reflected the consolidation of its reporting following its merger with US Airways (AMW)/(USA), with extreme (YOY) boosts in revenue: for baggage fees, (AAL)’s revenue grew +88.5% (YOY), while for reservation cancellation/change fees, its revenue grew +51.7% (YOY). Looking more closely, however, if the (3Q) 2014 revenues from both airlines are combined and contrasted to the consolidated (AAL) (3Q) 2015 revenue, the (AAL)'s (YOY) changes are more realistic, with baggage fee revenue rising +3.9% (YOY), and reservation cancellation/change fee revenue falling -2.7% (YOY).
For 3rd-quarter baggage fee revenues, after American Airlines (AAL)’s $292.1 million in revenue, Delta Air Lines (DAL) earned the most, with $236.9 million in revenue, virtually flat with its (3Q) 2014 total. United Airlines (UAL) was next, with $184.7 million in revenue, up +2.2% (YOY).
4 of 5 reporting low-cost-carriers (LCCs) showed remarkable jumps in (3Q) 2015 baggage fee revenue. JetBlue Airways (JBL) reported $42.7 million in (3Q) baggage fee revenue, up +86.6% from $22.9 million in (3Q) 2014. Allegiant Air (WJE), Spirit Air Lines (SPR) and Frontier Airlines (FRO) all saw (YOY) baggage fee revenue growth of +25.2%, +23.5% and +22.6%, respectively. Virgin America (VUS)’s (3Q) baggage fee revenue fell -1% (YOY).
(SWA) reported a -34.9% (YOY) drop in baggage fee revenue, earning $11.5 million during the September quarter (compared to $17.7 million in (3Q) 2014). (SWA)’s baggage policy allows 2 checked pieces of baggage per customer. Excess baggage on (SWA) starts at $75 per item one-way.
(DAL) brought in the most revenue for reservation cancellation/change fees during the 3rd quarter with $230.9 million, up +2.1% (YOY). Following (AAL)’s $217 million in revenue, (UAL) reported $202.2 million in revenue, down -4.2% (YOY).
Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s (FRO) and (WJE) both had notable increases in revenue for reservation cancellation/change fees during the quarter. (FRO)’s revenue was up +41.2% (YOY) to $9.3 million, while (WJE)’s was up +31.7% (YOY) to $2.7 million. Minneapolis-based, (SCA) reported reservation cancellation/change fees revenue of $3.8 million during the quarter, >5x- what (SCA) earned in (3Q) 2014.
2 737-8K2 (28379, PH-HZH; 34169, PH-HZO), TransAvia (TAV) leased.
February 2017: 737-85P (33971, N823SY), delivery Shannon to Minneapolis.
August 2017: News Item A-1: The new (CEO) of Sun Country Airlines (SCA) has outlined his plans, and is on course to pivot towards an ultra-low-cost-carrier (ULCC) model. In a memo sent to staff, Jude Bricker said that he would be looking to cut costs, increase seat numbers on airplanes, and generate revenue through the introduction of ancillary fees, reports the "Star Tribune."
Additionally, Bricker wants (SCA) to expand from its hub at Minneapolis/St Paul, where it competes with legacy airline Delta Air Lines (DAL).
As part of the operational shift, (SCA) will offer redundancy packages to senior staff who are "not on board with the new vision", although pilots (FC) will be exempt.
The moves are unsurprising given Bricker's former tenure at Allegiant Air (WJE), a (ULCC) based out of Las Vegas. However, the owner of Sun Country (SCA), Marty Davis, says that the aim is not to downsize the carrier. "We don't want to nickel and dime customers. We want to stabilize it for long-term growth by finding the right rhythm between our pricing and customer service," Davis said. "Jude very much recognizes the value that exists at (SCA) and we aren't going to change that."
(SCA) serves destinations through the USA, as well as Mexico, Aruba, Costa Rica, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St Maarten, and the US Virgin Islands with a fleet of 6 737-700s and 16 737-800s.
News Item A-2: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) has now added Santa Rosa (STS) to its route map, beginning a weekly (Thursdays) seasonal service from Minneapolis St Paul (MSP). “The addition of Santa Rosa to (SCA)’s destinations gives our passengers access to experience some of the wonders of California, from Wine Country to the beautiful redwoods,” commented Jude Bricker, the new President & (CEO) of (SCA), having previously been at Allegiant Air (WJE).
The 2,540 km sector will be flown by (SCA) on its fleet of 737-800s until December 3, with no other airlines presently serving the city pair. By adding Santa Rosa to its network, (SCA) now offers connections from Minneapolis St Paul to 4 Californian destinations this summer, with Santa Rosa joining the likes of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
December 2017: News Item A-1: "Minnesota-based (ULCC) Sun Country Airlines Sold to NY Investment Firm" by Mark Nensel firstname.lastname@example.org , December 15, 2017.
Sun Country Airlines (SCA) will be sold to New York investment firm Apollo Global Management during the 1st quarter of 2018, pending regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, the 2 companies said December 14.
(SCA) which flies approximately 2.5 million passengers annually from USA Midwest cold-weather locales to destinations in Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean, is the largest privately held fully independent airline in the USA, and has been owned by brothers Marty and Mitch Davis of Cambria Holdings since 2011.
(SCA) is managed by (CEO) Jude Bricker, who came on board in July after 11 years at Las Vegas-based Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Allegiant Air (WJE) and soon instituted (ULCC) (style fee) heavy reforms at (SCA) in an effort to boost (SCA)’s presence and transformation into 1 of the USA’s major (ULCC) players (alongside Allegiant (WJE), Denver-based Frontier Airlines (FRO) and Florida-based Spirit Airlines (SPR).
“[Apollo] has a proven track record for successfully helping companies grow and generate long-term value,” (SCA) Chairman Marty Davis said. “With Jude at the helm, we are confident the company is well-positioned for continued expansion and its evolution beyond its Minnesota base.”
(SCA) will continue to be based in Minnesota and Bricker will stay on as (CEO).
In October 2015, Sun Country (SCA) concluded a 5-year labor contract with its 250 pilots (FC), as represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), after 5 years of negotiations. On learning of the sale of the airline (SCA) Master Executive Council (MEC) Brian Roseen issued a statement in support of management’s desire to increase the (SCA) fleet and provide new jobs for pilots (FC).
“[We] are eager to know more about the new owner’s plans for the airline,” Roseen said, adding the pilot (FC) group is committed to maintain service levels during the transition and change of direction for the company. “The (MEC) looks forward to working together with management and our new owners, while ensuring that the goals of the (SCA) pilots (FC) are achieved.”
According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Apollo has made several leisure industry investments, including resort companies such as Great Wolf Lodge, Caesars Entertainment and Norwegian Cruise Line. The Star Tribune suggested the purchase of (SCA) marks Apollo’s 1st venture into airline ownership.
News Item A-2: Sun Country Airlines (SCA) launched Tucson, Arizona to Minneapolis-St Paul seasonal service.
May 2018: "Sun Country Airlines to Add +9% More Seats, Cut First Class in Fleet Refresh" by (ATW) Mark Nensel (email@example.com), May 25, 2018.
Sun Country Airlines (SCA) is accelerating its transition from leisure carrier to ultra-(LCC) with a full-fleet cabin interior renovation set for completion by the end of 2018, according to a letter from (SCA) President & (CEO) Jude Bricker distributed to customers this week.
Bricker described the plan as “a huge undertaking, the largest investment in our passengers’ in-flight experience in the history of the company (a complete refresh of the interior of all of our aircraft.)” (SCA) is expected to invest $20 million in the project.
Sun Country Airline (SCA)’s operating fleet at present comprises 20 airplanes at its seasonal low, after starting the year with 27 airplanes. (SCA) plans to end 2018 with 30 airplanes. The all leased-in fleet is a mix of largely Boeing 737-800s, along with several 737-700s, which are expected to be eventually phased out.
Bricker, who took over as (SCA) (CEO) in July 2017 after 11 years at Las Vegas-based ultra-(LCC) Allegiant Air (WJE), said the company was still finalizing full details of its new seat options but allowed that each seat would feature in-seat power access, a full tray table, recline ability and “comfortable leg room.”
A seat map accompanying Bricker’s letter revealed a 183-seat layout, in which the first class section (currently 12 seats in 2x2 configuration) is replaced by a premium seating section of 27 seats in a 3x3 layout. The rest of the airplane is entirely in a 3x3 configuration, featuring 36 seats with extra leg room and 120 standard seats. The redesign represents a 9% rise in the number of seats altogether, from 168 at present.
Bricker asked customers to be patient during the transition. “When we are done, the result will be a great flight at a great price for every passenger,” Bricker said.
In 2017, (SCA) flew approximately 2.5 million passengers. While (SCA) has largely built a business ferrying customers in cold-weather climates to leisure destinations in the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean, (SCA) is transforming its model to gain a piece of the rapidly growing North American (LCC) travel sector.
Bringing in former Allegiant (WJE) (COO) Bricker was 1 step toward that goal; in April, (SCA) was sold to New York investment firm Apollo Global Management, which will help to bring in further capital and guidance, and according to former (SCA) Chairman and owner Marty Davis, leaves (SCA) “well-positioned for continued expansion and its evolution beyond its Minnesota base.”
A look at (SCA)’s flight map shows its expansion beyond purely leisure/warm-weather destinations is already established, with point-to-point routes between (SCA)’s Minneapolis/St Paul base to Anchorage, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Denver, New York, Boston, and Dallas/Fort Worth.
Being the largest privately held, fully independent airline in the USA, (SCA) is not obligated to offer its financial results publicly, but according to the USA Bureau of Transportation Statistics, (SCA)’s net profit increased +73.4% year-over-year in 2017 to +$28.3 million.
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0 727-2J4 (JT8D-17A) (960-20764, /73 N290SC; 984-20765, /73 N288SC; 1301-21438, /77 N284SC; 1417-21676, /78 N285SC), EX-(STR), (IAL) LEASED (21345; 21601 RETURNED (INL), LEASED TO (AAT) 1999-12, AERO CORPORATION MAINTENANCE. 20765 RETURNED (PSS) 2001-04, LEASED TO (TAL). GROUNDED 2001-12. 21438 WFU 2002-11.
0 727-2J4 (JT8D) (993-20766, /73, N211DB), EX-(SKY), (RVR) LEASED 2000-09, RETURNED 2001-11.
0 727-2K3 (JT8D HK) (1807-22770, N291SC), (RVR) 5 YEAR LEASED 1999-06, RETURNED 2001-11. SCRAPPED 2003-10.
0 727-2M7 (JT8D-17R HK) (1221-21202, /76), EX-(HAW)/(NWA)/(STR), (PSS) LEASED 1999-10, RETURNED (PSS) 2001-10.
0 727-2M7 (JT8D HK) (1452-21655, /79 N726RW), (LIC) LEASED 1999-03, GROUNDED. WFU.
0 727-224 (JT8D) (1756-22449, /81, N296SC), EX-(CAL), (PSS) 3 YEAR LEASED 2000-06, RETURNED 2001-10.
0 727-225 (JT8D) (1409-21578), (SBE) LEASED 2000-11, RTND 2001-05.
0 727-225 (JT8D HK) (1798-22558, /82 N282SC; 1800-22559, /82 N283SC), EX-(EAL), (GEF) LEASED, GROUNDED END OF 2001-11. WFU.
0 727-227 (JT8D HK) (1718-22092, /81 N275SC), EX-(FLA), (ALC) LEASED 1997-04, GROUNDED END 2001-11. SCRAPPED AT MARANA 2003-07.
0 727-259 (JT8D) (1690-22475, /80 N289SC), EX-(AVI), BANK OF TOKYO LEASED 1994-07, GROUNDED END 2001-11. RETURNED, LEASED TO (LAB).
0 727-276 (JT8D HK) (1081-20950, /74), (SBE) LEASED, EX-(AAV), GROUNDED. WFU.
0 727-282 (JT8D HK) (1494-21949, /79 N281SC), EX-(TAP), (BLM) LEASED. GROUNDED END 2001-11. PARTED OUT 2003-12.
0 737-7Q8 (CFM56-7B24), (ILF) LEASED, 2 RETURNED.
1 737-700 (CFM56-7B).
1 737-7Q8 (CDM56-7B) (183-28219, N712SY), EX-(PR-GOU), (ILF) LEASED 2010-06. 12F, 112Y.
2 737-7Q8 (CFM56-7B24) (30635, N713SY, 2011-10; 1511-30674, /04 N751AL, 2008-05), (ILF) LEASED FOR SUMMER MONTHS. 12F, 112Y.
2 737-73V (CFM56-7B24) (1034-30241, N241CL; 1058-30245, N711SY), (TCI) LEASED 2009-01, EX-(EZY) (G-EZJI; G-EZJJ).
0 737-8BK (CFM56-7B27) (51-28373, PH-HZA; 57-28374, PH-HZB); TAV WET-LEASED 2005-11. 28373; 28374; RETURNED 2006-04. 12F, 150Y.
0 737-8BK (CFM56-7B27) (1588-33016, /04 N807SY "THE SPIRIT OF BRANIFF"), (TCI) LEASED 2004-10. LEASED TO (TAV) 2008-04 AS (PH-HSV). RETURNED 2009-04. LEASED TO (PTS) 2009-04. 12F, 150Y.
1 737-8BK (CFM56-7B27) (1667-33021, /05 N808SY; 2326-29635, /07 N810SY, EX-(DAL); 2355-29660, /07 N811SY), (TCI) LEASED. 33021; LEASED TO (TAV) 2008-04 AS (PH-HSU). 33021; RETURNED 2009-05, LEASED TO (PTS). 29635; RETURNED 2009-07. 29660; RETURNED 2010-05. 12F, 150Y.
3 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B27) (85-28375, PH-HZC 2007-11; 277-28377, PH-HZE; 498-28379, PH-HZG; 424-28380, PH-HZI 2007-12; 549-30389, PH-HZJ; 1158-30650, PH-HZV, 2003-06 (AGAIN), (TAV) LSD, 2002-12 & 2003-12. 28379; 30650; RTND 2004-04. 28379 WET-LSD 2004-10. 30650; (TAV) WET-LSD 2004-12. 28375 RTND (TAV) 2005-04. 28379; 28380; 30650; (AGAIN) 2005-11. 28379; 30389; 30650; RTND 2006-04. 28375; 28379; 30389; (TAV) LSD 2006-11. 28375; 28379, PH-HZH, 2015-12; 30650; (AGAIN) 2007-11. 28375; 28379; 28380; 30650; RETURNED (TAV) 2008-04. 28375; 28380; LEASED (AGAIN) 2009-12. 34169, PH-HZO, 2015-12. 12F, 150Y.
3 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B27) (1126-28248, /02 PH-HZX -SEE PHOTO; 28373, PH-HZA, 2007-12; 1122-30646, PH-HZY), (TAV) WET-LEASED 2004-11. WITH WINGLETS. 186Y.
1 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B27) (75-28215, /98 N806SY "JANICE M"), EX-(NNA), (ILF) LEASED 2002-09. 12F, 150Y.
4 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B27) (28241, N803SY3; 30627, N800SY "PRIMO;" 777-30332, /01 N801SY "THE PHOENIX;" 30628, /01 N802SY; 908-30689, /01 N804SY "LAUGHLIN LUCK;" 985-30032, /01 N805SY "THE SPIRIT OF MINNESOTA;" 1669-30683, /05 N809SY), (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED. 28241; 30627; 30628; RETURNED 2001-12. 30683; LEASED TO (TTA) 2009-06. RETURNED FROM (TTA) 2009-08. 12F, 150Y.
2 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B27) (769-28237, N813SY), (ILF) LEASED 2009-02. EX-(OY-SED). 150Y.
1 737-800 (CFM56-7B), (ALE) LEASED 2014-06. 150Y.
1 737-85P (CFM56-7B) (33971, N823SY), SHANNON TO MINNEAPOLIS 2017-02.
0 DC-10-15 (CF6-50C2F) (362-48276, /81, EX-(AMX); 365-48289, /81, EX-(CMA); 374-48295, /83, EX-(CMA), 48289 RETURNED SANWA 2000-10, PARTED OUT. 2 RETURNED 2001-05.
0 DC-10-15 (CF6-50C2F) (48259), EX-AEROCANCUN, RETURNED 2001-05, BROKEN UP.
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MARTY DAVIS, AIRLINE OWNER.
STAN GADEK, CHAIRMAN, EX-(CQT) (2008-03).
JUDE BRICKER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) & PRESIDENT, EX-ALLEGIANT AIR (WJE)/AMERICAN AIRLINES (AAL) (2017-08).
Jude's background includes serving as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive VP of Allegiant Airlines (WJE). While at (WJE) he was the senior executive responsible for Marketing, Network, Operations, Treasury, Fleet, Scheduling, Pricing, Ancillary Products, Digital, Distribution, Charters, and Loyalty. Prior to his career with (WJE), Jude was a Finance Manager at American Airlines (AAL).
He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas (A&M) University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Texas. From 1996 to 2002, he was an Infantry Officer in the US Marine Corps. Jude and his wife, Ty have 3 children and reside in Deephaven, Minnesota.
STEPHEN SPELLMAN, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO) & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO), EX-(GRD) (2007-04).
JAMES OLSEN, VP & GENERAL MANAGER.
THOMAS SCHMIDT, SENIOR VP OPERATIONS.
MS WENDY WILLIAMS BLACKSHAW, VP MARKETING. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BILL HAYES, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
DALE KARIYA, VP GROUND OPERATIONS & CARGO.
GORDON GRAVES, VP AIRPLANE ACQUISITIONS & QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA)/QUALITY CONTROL (QC) DIRECTOR.
TIM WISE, VP FINANCE.
PAUL MILLER, VP & GENERAL MANAGER MARKET PLANNING.
MS BEV GREAR, VP CUSTOMER SERVICES.
MS DEB DIEPOHLZ, VP PRODUCT & PLANNING.
MS JUNE SMITH OLSEN, VP IN-FLIGHT SERVICES.
MS KATHI HEDSTROM, DIRECTOR CORPORATE SALES.
CRAIG HIRMAN, DIRECTOR AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE.
TONY KUBIT, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING (email@example.com).
MS HEIDI DEHOOGH, DIRECTOR SAFETY & SECURITY
KASIA SZWED-CARLSON, SMS MANAGER.