Sun Country Airlines Information
Sun Country Airlines Overview
Starting operations in 1983, Sun Country Airlines was formed by a group of Minneapolis based ex-Braniff employees and a single Boeing 727. Flying international charters and select leisure routes the company earned steady profits until the early 1990s. In the mid-90s, Mark Travel Group acquired Sun Country and shifted the company from a charter service to a scheduled passenger airline in 1999. While Sun Country was reinventing itself, the September 11th attacks and competition from market rival Northwest Airlines profoundly impacted the carriers bottom line and forced it into bankruptcy in 2001. Read More
The bankruptcy was short lived as new investors purchased Sun Country’s remaining assets and restarted the airline the following year. The airline was profitable from the mid-2000s and until the major recession of 2008 hit. Alongside the downturn, financial fraud and rising fuel costs forced the airline into its second collapse and bankruptcy filing. In 2011, the airline was revived yet again as the Davis family bought out of bankruptcy. With steady profits through 2017, the airline was once again sold, this time to Apollo Management Group who plan to reconfigure it into a fee-based, ultra-low-cost, "no frills" carrier.
Headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis- Saint Paul, Sun Country Airlines serves almost its entire network of 44 destinations through its hub at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). Additionally, the airline offers seasonal nonstop flights to destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean from its focus airport at Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW). While the majority of Sun Country’s two million annual passengers originate in Minneapolis (MSP), according to passenger numbers, Las Vegas (LAS) and New York (LGA) are the carriers other top domestic markets.
In 2007, Sun Country launched its Ufly Rewards frequent flyer program. Ufly Rewards was the first program in the United States to allow free point pooling. Allowing up to 10 Ufly members whether they be family or friends to combine points to redeem award travel. The low-cost carrier is not a member of any airline alliance. Therefore award redemptions can only be made directly on Sun Country operated flights. Sun Country does not offer code-shared flights with any other airlines.
Sun Country Airlines controls a limited fleet of 21 Boeing 737 style aircraft. The airline often leases planes to and from interline partner Transavia depending on each company’s seasonal needs.
IATA Code: SY
ICAO Code: SCX
Frequent Flyer Program: Ufly Rewards
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