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Sunwing Airlines

Sunwing Airlines
Sunwings logo 2015.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
WG SWG SUNWING
Founded2005 (2005)
Commenced operationsNovember 17, 2005
AOC #Canada: 15022,[1] United States: U6WF143F[2]
Operating bases
Fleet size13[3]
Destinations73
Parent companySunwing Travel Group
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
Key peopleMark Williams, president
Employees1,500 (2015)
Websitewww.sunwing.ca

Sunwing Airlines Inc. is a Canadian low-cost airline headquartered in the Etobicoke district of Toronto, Ontario.

Sunwing Airlines offers scheduled and charter services from Canada and the United States to destinations within the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. During the summer months, the company offers domestic services across Canada as well as services to European cities.[4][5] It is a subsidiary of Sunwing Travel Group and its main Canadian bases are Toronto Pearson International Airport and Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. The company also operates seasonal flight services from over 30 local Canadian gateways including Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Calgary International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, and Edmonton International Airport.[6]

History

By 2004, Sunwing Vacations had become the second largest tour operator in the Ontario area. That year, a former Skyservice employee named Mark Williams approached the CEO of Sunwing Travel Group, Colin Hunter, and asked if he wanted to start an airline.[7] A few weeks later official plans to launch the airline were in place. In November 2005, a Boeing 737-800 departing from Toronto was the airline's inaugural flight.[8] In December 2005, Sunwing flew its first direct flight from Sudbury, Ontario to Varadero, Cuba, making it one the first international flights directly from the Sudbury Airport.[9] In November 2006, the company flew its first flight out of Montreal.[10]

By 2008, Sunwing Airlines had grown to operate in 29 cities.[11]

Boeing 737-800 of Sunwing Airlines at Bristol Airport, England (2016)

In 2015, it was announced that Sunwing had finalised a $350 million deal to acquire two Boeing 737-800 and four Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from Air Lease Corporation. The aircraft are due to be delivered over a four-year period from early 2016.[12]Seneca College and the University of Waterloo launched a partnership with Sunwing in 2016 to form a cadet program which includes flight training and mentoring through Sunwing.[13] Sunwing joined the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) expedited screening program, TSA PreCheck, in January 2017. At that time, the TSA PreCheck program was available at 180 United States airports and works with 30 airlines.[14]

Sunwing took delivery of their first Boeing 737 MAX 8 on May 25, 2018.[15]

Destinations

Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-800 (2008)

Sunwing Airlines flies to a wide range of vacation destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico, Cuba, Central and South America. The most popular destinations include Varadero, Punta Cana, Cancun and Montego Bay. Its parent company, the Sunwing Travel Group, is Cuba's largest travel provider internationally, sending over 700,000 vacationers to the destination each year.[16][17]

In Canada, the airline operates several domestic routes, including Toronto to Vancouver which operated daily as of Summer 2015, as well as maintaining year-round service to its most popular destinations. Other connections include Deer Lake, Gander and St John's from Toronto.[18] As of Summer 2015, the airline operated service to Caribbean destinations from Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, Houston, Lansing, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Newark, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Rockford.[19]

In summer, Sunwing Airlines sends many of their 737-800 aircraft over to Europe to operate for the TUI Group during their extremely busy season. The aircraft operate flights all around Europe for the company.

Sunwing has an agreement with ULCC Swoop that allows passengers out of Hamilton, London, Edmonton, Abbotsford, and Winnipeg to book Sunwing vacation packages with Swoop flights.

Fleet

The Sunwing Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of October 7, 2020:[3]

Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 12 189
Boeing 737 MAX 8 4 2 189 Currently grounded
Total 16 2

Incidents and accidents

References

  1. ^ Transport Canada (26 August 2019), Civil Aviation Services (CAS) AOC. wwwapps.tc.gc.ca.
  2. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". av-info.faa.gov. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Sunwing Airlines". Transport Canada. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Sunwing Airlines". CAPA Centre for Aviation. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Dixon, Guy (January 25, 2016). "How to Prevent the Sinking Dollar From Grounding Your Vacation". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Sunwing Airlines Reaches Tentative 3-Year Labour Deal With Its 150 Pilots". The Toronto Star. February 8, 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Savedra, Jen (July 17, 2006). "Sunwing "Does it Differently"". TravelHotNews. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Sunwing Airline Soars From Toronto Pearson" (PDF). Toronto Pearson Today. February 2006. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Sunwing Travel - Greater Sudbury Canada to Varadero every Wednesday, Havana Journal/Northern Life, December 28, 2005
  10. ^ Chiasson, Uguette; Beauregard, Chantal (November 6, 2006). "Sunwing's Inaugural Flight Out of Montreal to Punta Cana". TravelHotNews. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "New Carrier, Renovation for Windsor Airport". The Windsor Star. May 28, 2008. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "MAX for Sunwing". Airliner World: 13. February 2015.
  13. ^ "Sunwing's cadet program taking flight again". Pax News. February 24, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "Sunwing awarded entry into TSA PreCheck screening program". Travel Week. January 27, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "Sunwing Travel Group". www.sunwingtravelgroup.com.
  16. ^ "U.S. Visitors to Cuba Will Accelerate With 12 Categories For Licenses". TravelWeek News. December 18, 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ Csanady, Ashley (December 17, 2017). "It's About to Get a Lot More Crowded and Costly on Cuba's Beaches". Canada.com. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ "Sunwing Ups Domestic Schedule, Offers Daily Toronto-Vancouver Flight". TravelWeek. January 22, 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  19. ^ Smith, Kendea (June 2, 2015). "Sunwing Airlines connects Houston Texas to Freeport Grand Bahama". The Bahamas Weekly. Retrieved 2016.
  20. ^ "Passenger's alleged bomb threat forces Sunwing flight back to Pearson". toronto.citynews.ca. July 25, 2014.

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