With the recent upswing of Sun Country, is a Westjet style expansion in its future? SY is very small at the moment, but it definitely looks they want to change that. Past domestic growth, is long haul with SY a possibility in the future, and if so, can they become the Northwest?
I've resisted the temptation to give a glib answer (which ends with "no"), and I'll add that I am a long time customer and fan of SY.
There will be no long-haul beyond whatever range B737 can provide.
My question to you is - what "recent upswing" are you speaking of, exactly?
Why couldn't sun country have 2 sircraft types ? Short haul & long haul?
There seems yo be many a330/340s & boeing wide bodies parjed everywhere so leasing rates mu SD t be low.
There's no absolute reason they cannot have multiple types, sure. I've personally flown their DC-10, and I think a B727 in the hazy past. But.... that was a very different era.
They are owned by a New York investment firm. Before that, a wealthy family. Before that, a now jailed shady entrepreneur/con man. Point is, none of this ownership is (or was) going to overreach a tiny operation by increasing their costs (far from just lease rates) w/multiple types (not just equipment, but training, pilot pay and other human factors). They've just turned SY into an LCC - how many other US LCC's can you name that operate widebodies? Wet-leasing is certainly no answer, the US market simply isn't setup to allow that to be profitable anymore, certainly not for long haul.
Gates? SY has a handful of narrowbody capable gates at a secondary terminal - T2 only has a few B767/A330 capable gates used by FI and Condor (maybe?). MSP is a pretty busy place.
Where is it you propose SY fly long haul to, anyways? What value proposition do they bring to whatever destination you have in mind?
They tried London along time ago, didn't last (that'd seem like a pretty bad idea now), they are currently doing LAX-HNL in their B737's, which might.
Personally, I think their core strategy of warm weather vacations destinations and a few selected higher yielding city pairs is indefinitely sustainable. Problem is, billionaire families and investment firms expect higher than small returns on their investment money. Really, SY hasn't changed much, but the world around them has changed drastically.