Sun Country Airlines becomes low-cost airline with brand new look

“This year we’re lowering airfares by about 15 to 20 percent."

Edgar Linares
December 11, 2018 - 5:45 pm

Courtesy of Sun Country Airlines

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Sun Country Airlines getting a new look both inside and out. The company invited members of the media on Tuesday to get a close up look at its new planes.

Sun Country CEO Jude Bricker says they have spent months working to become a low-cost carrier, focused on providing low fares to more locations.

“This year we’re lowering airfares by about 15 to 20 percent depending on the market. Along with that, we’re also adding more seats, so there’s a lot more availability,” said Bricker.

Bricker says Minnesotans are very responsive to airfares and lowering the cost is in line with demand. 

The planes are being re-painted bright yellow, with new interiors and seats. All passengers will have access to Wi-Fi during flights and there will be power outlets with USB ports at every seat. In addition, first class seats are gone on the new planes and some seats will have more leg room.

Bricker says the change is opening up some nice opportunties.

"Now that we’ve reduced the cost structure, in the summer of 2019 you should expect many, many more markets coming into Minnesota,” says Bricker. “Because there’s more people who can afford to fly now, so there will be more people on the airplane.”

In the summer, Sun Country Airlines will add St. Kitts and Nevis, Belize, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa and New Orleans to their routes.

In the past, the company leased their planes; the plane on display Tuesday is the only one the airline owns.