Surprise announcement this morning that Sun Country Hawaii flights are on the near term horizon. That in addition to the many new routes upcoming from Hawaiian Airlines and the very soon to be revealed new Southwest Airlines Hawaii routes. See our tip on when to buy tickets below.
Sun Country Hawaii | First Route from LA and MSP.
Sun Country flights will be seasonal, at least to start, from Minneapolis to Honolulu, via Los Angeles. This aboard the company’s 737-800 planes. Flights announced will be available from May 19 to August 19. The new services will operate four times weekly, Friday through Monday. Tickets are currently on sale both from the mainland and from Hawaii.
Could Hawaii flights expand?
Yes definitely. Why? Sun Country is now headed by former Allegiant architect Jude Bricker. Jude was responsible for Allegiant’s entry into the Hawaii market. While that failed, don’t hold it against him. His hands may have been tied in many ways at Allegiant. Now, however, Jude is in a position to be calling the shots as Sun Country’s president and CEO. We met Jude shortly after Allegiant Hawaii flights commenced and we were quite impressed by him and his commitment to Hawaii service.
Contrasting Sun Country and Allegiant.
These two companies are not birds of a feather. For example, Allegiant flew to Hawaii on old and uncomfortable 757 aircraft that were also not reliable. Sun Country will arrive on current generation 737-800 aircraft configured similarly to other airlines flying to Hawaii. These offer 150 economy seats with 31 to 33 inches of pitch and 12 first class seats with 37 to 39 inches.
Quotes from Sun Country and Hawaii Tourism Authority.
“The addition of Honolulu to the family of Sun Country destinations gives our travelers the opportunity to experience the unique culture and history of Hawaii. We are thrilled to partner with Daniel K. Inouye International Airport so our travelers can experience all of what the island of Oahu has to offer.” — Jude Bricker, Sun Country Airlines’ president and CEO.
George Szigeti, president/CEO of HTA added: “We look forward to welcoming Sun Country Airlines and its customers with aloha to Hawaii starting this spring.”
When to buy cheap Hawaii flights on Sun Country.
While flights technically went on sale today from Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Honolulu, they aren’t really “on sale” yet. We’ll be monitoring these and expect to report on excellent deals on Sun Country Hawaii flights. They will also be offering packages including accommodations and car rentals. Present pre-sale pricing is as follows: Los Angeles from $299 each way and Minneapolis from $399 one-way.
About Sun Country.
The 35 year old Minnesota based airline currently flies a fleet of 26 Boeing 737’s to 40 cities in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and soon Hawaii. They have previously operated to Europe and already has the all important ETOPS certification required for over water flights to Hawaii. We were not able however, to confirm the type of certification they have.
History of Sun Country.
Sun Country dates back to 1983. The company is relatively new to us and definitely new to Hawaii. It is headquartered at MSP airport.
Through multiple owners and multiple fleets, the company has struggled to find its niche. It has incurred bankruptcies and a complete closure in 2001. Thereafter a group of investors purchased the assets out of bankruptcy and Sun Country was restarted.
Since then, Sun Country moved to all 737 fleet and started expanding operations on the mainland, and to Mexico. It suffered yet another bankruptcy and financial fraud. Since emerging from bankruptcy in 2011, the company has expanded and generally thrived.
In July 2017, Jude Bricker was appointed president and CEO of Sun Country. Last week, they announced that the company was being sold by its current owners to Apollo Global Management. That should bring additional resources to help the company grow further.
Sun Country is the largest privately owned airline in the United States, currently serving 2.5 million passengers yearly