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With corporate offices located in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, conveniently located near St. Paul International Airport, Sun County Airline services destinations in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and with additions as of 2015 to Cuba and Costa Rica.
In the early days, pioneer developer and initial President Jim Olsen supervised a staff of 16 pilots, 16 flight attendants, 3 mechanics and an office personnel of one.
In 1986, Sun Country began operating 380 seat DC 10-40 planes in competition wih Northwest Airlines. At that time, Sun Country serviced 33 destinations, 15 of which were on a year-round basis. By 1991, the company’s net worth was estimated to be $9.7 million. Another statistic related to the 1990s reveals that routes were added for L.A., Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.
The overall plane style was the 737 Next Generation until the 2014 addition of three 737-800 planes.
In flight entertainment consists of free usage of 7″ tablet TV for first class passengers. Movies to include currently movie house films are available. For coach class flyers, during non-stop international and Alaska flights, the above equipment is available for $12. Some video games are also available as well as appropriate movie and television programs for children.
By advanced purchase arrangement, one bag one way is transported for $20 with a second for $30. At the baggage check-in station, the first bag is $25 one way with the second being $35.
All passengers should be aware that the maximum allowance for bags is 62 linear inches and 50 pounds, and that in excess of two pieces of luggage, the fee is $75 per bag. Baggage fees are waived for active military personnel and for passengers who purchase vacation packages.
According to current news sources, a possible shut-down of Sun Country Airline is looming in the future as reported by Brian Roseen, Chairman of the Pilots Association. Current statistics show that Country Airline service has been reduced to 21 planes, covering 28 destinations over 34 routes with 52 daily flights.
The Airline Pilots Association further reports that no pay raise has occurred within the past five years.
According to Marty Davis, Sun Country Airlines owner, the pilots association is preparing to institute a counter-offer during an upcoming session May 27-29, 2015.