flaps30 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 261 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7148 times:
You dont seem to hear much about Sun Country on a daily basis so I was wondering if anyone knows how they are doing financially. Are they strong financially? I have flown them a few times and I have grown to like this airline. They seem to be almost a forgotten airline but they just go about their business everyday. Does Delta see them as a threat in MSP or do they cater to a different crowd? I hope they stick around.
sunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1936 posts, RR: 9 Reply 2, posted (3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6674 times:
Sun Country has been making money the last few years. They are privately owned by the Cambria Corp. in MN, so they do not report earnings like the publicly owned companies. SY has had a few ups and downs like everyone else. Their CEO was just replaced by the BOD, the interim CEO is their current CFO.
They have added or adding 3 more 737's to their fleet. N818SY a -800 was added in Jan. '13, N714SY -700 was added Mar. 7th. Its their 5th -700. N715SY is in SJO being repainted. These 2 new -700 came from Aeromexico via ILFC. A/C N806SY is leaving their fleet in April after 10 years of service. I have heard a rumor of SY getting a 7th -700 sometime soon, no date given. They also have 2 Transavia 737-800's returning to that carrier next month as they are winter leases.
JetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1615 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (3 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6428 times:
In KLAN, they seem to be doing well. They are still year around to DCA and MSP, with seasonal service to mco, las, cun, punta Cana and pvr. The airport is going to, if they already haven't, ask them to start the seasonal service sooner and end later. I wouldn't be all that shocked if they make mco year around. Although it would be nice if they moved their mco service to either tpa or rsw to not compete directly with g4.
They have gotten high marks from pax in Lansing as well as the airport. Hopefully they can expand a bit and be there for a long time
Home Airport: Capital Region International Airport (KLAN)
luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 11957 posts, RR: 51 Reply 5, posted (3 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6349 times:
Sun Country has been very conservative and doing a good job of staying under the radar of the big boys. They seems to be growing slow and steady and not doing anything to gain the attention or piss off any of the big boys. This strategy should work for them if they stay true to the course.
ramprat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1457 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (3 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6300 times:
The last time we worked their charter flight here in PDX. While I was pushing them out. I asked the Captain if they were growing. He said they just leased out the old Mesaba hangar at MSP. Can that hangar even fit a 737 NG? Is Sun Country using the old Champion hangar also?
sunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1936 posts, RR: 9 Reply 7, posted (3 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6252 times:
Quoting ramprat74 (Reply 6): The last time we worked their charter flight here in PDX. While I was pushing them out. I asked the Captain if they were growing. He said they just leased out the old Mesaba hangar at MSP. Can that hangar even fit a 737 NG? Is Sun Country using the old Champion hangar also?
The old Champion hanger is being used by SY again. They had it in the past when their hanger was located just over by NWA/DAL building "C" or C World as it was know. SY returned it to MAC when they filed bankruptcy, Dec. 2001. Who in turn moved over to Longfellow Ave when MAC built their new runway. Yes SY has use of the old Mesaba hanger. They have or in the middle of moving their Flight Operations Department their from the HQ/GO in Mendota Heights. These would include Pilots, Flight Attendants, and Dispatchers.
flaps30 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 261 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (3 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 6115 times:
Quoting gilesdavies (Reply 8): Does Sun Country still operate their weekly flights to London during the summer months?
I dont think they do. I actually took that flight from LGW to MSP back in July 2011. It was an interesting flight with the tech stop in Gander. The price was great and the service was good. I thought they did well with that route but maybe I am wrong since they may have discontinued it.
F9animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4745 posts, RR: 29 Reply 11, posted (3 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 5927 times:
This is one airline that keeps a low profile. I too think they have one of the most attractive paint jobs! The airline is conservative, and run very smart. I love Sun Country. I do miss the DC-10s and 727 days though!
wingnutmn From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 590 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (3 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 5891 times:
Pan Am training center in Eagan MN is in the process of puting a 737 sim in their final sim bay and it sounds like it is going to be almost exclusively for SY. Either they are planning growth or got a really good deal on a sim because a pilot group of that size doesn't need its own sim.
Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing! It's a bonus if you can fly the plane again!!
MountainFlyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 378 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (3 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 5678 times:
Being a privately held company makes financial info less available, and I know pax. numbers don't always equal good financials, but their pax numbers at MSP have been growing in the double digit percentages for a couple of years now. They have almost caught up with WN at MSP for second most pax carried after DL (including DL Connection).
I've flown on them several times in the last couple of years and have always enjoyed it.
erzr2 From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 9 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (3 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3964 times:
I've flown them a bit recently (DCA flights) and I suspect that they are doing fairly well, around the Winter holidays I'd estimate the load factor to be around 95%, and the rest of the year they seem to rest about 85%, but always 100% in J in my experience. (I believe they market it as an F class, but it is really to me quite comparable to Delta J). As to if they are going LCC, I'd guess they are going that direction- a couple years ago they served sausage sandwiches on the flights to DCA at least- I don't recall if they did for the outbounds too. Now, they serve a normal drink service with small snacks. But, I believe the biggest indication is that they recently-ish (I hadn't flown them in a year prior to December), added a fee to select seats (any seats). This maybe mostly just to compete with the legacies and their fees though. With regards to fares- I find if you book at least 2-3 months in advances the fares are usually quite reasonable, especially the F/J cabin, which is often less than 175% of the Y fare. I'm surprised that they haven't added a Y+ though, it would seem to fit their product.
Type-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4398 posts, RR: 20 Reply 18, posted (3 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1724 times:
Thank goodness that 727's & DC-10's are gone at SY. They had a relatively low dispatch rate because of mechanical problems with those aircraft. We flew them IAH-LAS 3 years in a row to the CES show in Las Vegas. And 3 years in a row the aircraft broke down resulting in long, long delays. The last time that happened it was a 10 hour delay due to mechanical issues and they replaced the aircraft with a USAir aircraft & crew. But we didn't mind that much. We just rented a car and went skiing at Mt. Charleston the rest of the day. Plus those older aircraft weren't as economical to fly as the new er 737's they have now are.
The F/A's have always been attentive, friendly and cheerful on SY. And I like that.
Fly North Central Airlines..The route of the Northliners!
sunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1936 posts, RR: 9 Reply 20, posted (3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1571 times:
Quoting Shenzhen (Reply 19): I have heard they plan to double their fleet in the next few years, witch will include some new build 737NG this year (lease) beyond the 2nd hand Aero Mexico and Ethiopian 737s.
I can confirm that they had planned on doubling their fleet, but now that they have removed their CEO, that may be on hold or slowed down until a new CEO is found.
N908AW From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 848 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1510 times:
Quoting sunking737 (Reply 20): I can confirm that they had planned on doubling their fleet, but now that they have removed their CEO, that may be on hold or slowed down until a new CEO is found.
My suspicion with this regime change - which the above article only adds fuel to - is that Gadek consistently hesitated when it came to growth. Now that the market is a little more predictable and a little more stable (not to say that the airline industry is too much of either of those things), I think Davis sees an opportunity for growth, especially now that it's becoming more apparent that Southwest is not decimating Sun Country's success like everybody thought would happen.
Gadek is a brilliant financial mind and he is the primary reason Sun Country is still here, but he is no gambler. He's overseen (allegedly) impressive profits in 2011 and 2012. Increasing frequencies and looking for more ways to siphon customers away from the major carriers is the logical next step, and I think that Davis is looking for somebody willing to undergo big changes.
However, I think SY's opportunities out of MSP are limited beyond adding frequencies to what they already have. ORD and to a lesser extent DEN are not going to yield much of anything. Any additional Florida or Mexico market is going to be a niche market. Could they make things like MSY, IAH, MYR, PHL, PDX, ASE, EGE, HDN work? Could they do a one-stop to HNL and make it work? Maybe. Big maybe. However, I see opportunities elsewhere. LAN, for as strange of a market as it is, seems to be doing well. Could they duplicate that success at other somewhat-deflated or de-hubbed Midwest markets? IND? MKE? MCI? STL?
'Cause you're on ATA again, and on ATA, you're on vacation!
SYfan100 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 587 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (3 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1002 times:
When flying Sun Country the flights I have been on seemed to have always been just about full. And even some other various flights at other gates it looks like they have been just about full as well.
17 Aircraft are in their current fleet up until as someone mentioned that they will be adding more with one plane leaving most likely because of a lease issue? I don't see 10 years of age being a factor with getting rid of it.
Friendly service in which they do their best to be on time besides still do have a Ufly program. You get points for every $ you spend on a ticket which at somepoint in time you can fly first class for just about free.
Fort Myers is back to being year round service once again after being seasonal for several years. Then all of the major cities like Boston you can fly year round.
Cancun is the only city in Mexico that is year round with everyone else being seasonal still.
Wonder if they might in the future do a seasonal flight from MSP to Sarasota? Or Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach? Grand Cayman?
Would fly them anyday over Southwest or any other Airline for that matter because I like how they operate. Very good with getting those planes in and out of Terminal #2 at MSP.
sunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1936 posts, RR: 9 Reply 23, posted (3 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 894 times:
As far as fleet plans and goals, when their planes get to a certain age, they (SY) will return to leasing company.
806SY is line number 75, an early model -800, delivered to SY 2-2003, after time with North American.
The next oldest plane is 712SY line number 183. 712SY has only been with them since 4-2010. 712SY was in South America for 10 years.
Most A/C returned so far have so because SY was returning due to high lease costs, not MX issues.
SY returned their last 727 in Oct. 2002. at that time they became an all 737 fleet.
SYfan100 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 587 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (3 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 705 times:
Sometimes the head just will spin because of how some of these planes have been all over the place. 5 to 10 years down in South America or over in Europe. And just even some planes just staying put flying all over the United States doing the various respective scheduled and charter flights.
Every Airline of course is different with their seating setup in which I found the Boeing 737-800 I flew on out of MSP for a trip was more comfortable then the Boeing 737-700, that was my plane ride back home.
Seat on the 737-800 was more comfortable then the 737-700 seat I had. Different type of seat I am guessing?
Which talk about a rude wakeup call when exciting the plane and it's cold! After being in 70 to 80 degree weather it is kind of hard to return back to regular life once again.
Enjoy the rest of March as it's suppose to be a cold one in Minnesota as I herd yesterday when taking a break from clearing snow with a Snowblower.
Maybe SY might be nice enough to extend their seasonal service a little bit more to some of the warmer destinations if it remains cold into April. First day of spring is suppose to have a windchill!