Sun Country Airlines Names David Banmiller New President and COO

Veteran Airline Executive Spends First Day on the Job With U.S. Secretary Of

Transportation Norman Mineta



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Country Airlines

    MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, Minn., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Country Airlines
 has named 35-year veteran airline executive David A. Banmiller as the
 company's new President and Chief Operating Officer.
     Banmiller will oversee all of the day-to-day operations of the airline and
 position Sun Country for future growth opportunities.  He will also help
 prepare the carrier for its re-launch in May with a new terminal, new
 transcontinental schedule featuring double-daily service to the coasts, new
 Sabre reservations and revenue management technology and introduction of eight
 new Boeing 737 aircraft over the next 12 months.
     He assumes the title of President previously held by Bill La Macchia, Jr.
 and will serve on the Board of Directors as well as the Executive Committee.
     Banmiller spent his first official day as President and COO in Washington
 D.C. at a private meeting with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta
 and senior DOT staff.  Banmiller, who has expertise in government affairs from
 both a large and small carrier perspective, briefed the Secretary on Northwest
 Airline's history of predatory and anti-competitive practices directed against
 Sun Country and other carriers.  A Department of Transportation investigation
 of Northwest's behavior is already in process.
     Starting today, Banmiller assumes responsibility for overseeing the
 airline's operations.
     Bill La Macchia, Jr., who has become well-known throughout the Midwest as
 the airline's spokesperson for its award-winning ad campaign and business and
 charitable events, will continue as the airline's Chief Executive Officer,
 responsible for guiding the airline's strategic vision and long-term plan and
 driving new marketing initiatives.
     The addition of Banmiller to the executive team also allows La Macchia to
 focus on other La Macchia business holdings, including The Mark Travel
 Corporation, parent company of Funjet Vacations and one of the pre-eminent
 leisure travel companies in America.
     "David Banmiller has experienced the airline industry from the bag belt to
 the boardroom and is ideally suited to lead Sun Country through our next
 expansion phases," La Macchia said.  "His strong credentials in the airline
 industry will help position us for new opportunities and affirm my family's
 commitment to build a profitable hub in Minneapolis/St. Paul."
     La Macchia added, "Most importantly, Banmiller will continue to promote
 our philosophy of providing competition, friendly service and good value for
 our customers."
 
     Biography of David A. Banmiller
     Banmiller has broad experience in aviation, starting as a management
 trainee for TWA.  He has managed airport operations, cargo, passenger service,
 sales, reservations, pricing, scheduling, planning, dining and commissary
 while rising through the executive ranks.  He also has expertise in finance,
 marketing, aviation-related mergers and acquisitions, labor union negotiations
 and government affairs.
     Banmiller served as President and CEO for a number of airlines including
 Pan American World Airways (1997-1998) and Sun Jet (1996-97).  At American
 Airlines, he held the title Vice President, International Division (1986-89).
 Prior to that, he was President and COO for Air Cal (1978-1986).
     Banmiller received his MBA from Loyola Marymount University and BA in
 Business Administration from Villanova University, where he was class
 Valedictorian.  He was a member of the Young Presidents Organization and
 belongs to The Wings Club.  He has served on the boards of four publicly
 traded companies: Air Cal, Furon, PAN AM and Petro.
 
     Sun Country Airlines, headquartered in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.,
 employs more than 1500 people and flies to more than 30 domestic and
 international destinations.  For more information, visit suncountry.com or
 call 800-FLY-N-SUN.
 
 

SOURCE Sun Country Airlines
    MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, Minn., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Country Airlines
 has named 35-year veteran airline executive David A. Banmiller as the
 company's new President and Chief Operating Officer.
     Banmiller will oversee all of the day-to-day operations of the airline and
 position Sun Country for future growth opportunities.  He will also help
 prepare the carrier for its re-launch in May with a new terminal, new
 transcontinental schedule featuring double-daily service to the coasts, new
 Sabre reservations and revenue management technology and introduction of eight
 new Boeing 737 aircraft over the next 12 months.
     He assumes the title of President previously held by Bill La Macchia, Jr.
 and will serve on the Board of Directors as well as the Executive Committee.
     Banmiller spent his first official day as President and COO in Washington
 D.C. at a private meeting with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta
 and senior DOT staff.  Banmiller, who has expertise in government affairs from
 both a large and small carrier perspective, briefed the Secretary on Northwest
 Airline's history of predatory and anti-competitive practices directed against
 Sun Country and other carriers.  A Department of Transportation investigation
 of Northwest's behavior is already in process.
     Starting today, Banmiller assumes responsibility for overseeing the
 airline's operations.
     Bill La Macchia, Jr., who has become well-known throughout the Midwest as
 the airline's spokesperson for its award-winning ad campaign and business and
 charitable events, will continue as the airline's Chief Executive Officer,
 responsible for guiding the airline's strategic vision and long-term plan and
 driving new marketing initiatives.
     The addition of Banmiller to the executive team also allows La Macchia to
 focus on other La Macchia business holdings, including The Mark Travel
 Corporation, parent company of Funjet Vacations and one of the pre-eminent
 leisure travel companies in America.
     "David Banmiller has experienced the airline industry from the bag belt to
 the boardroom and is ideally suited to lead Sun Country through our next
 expansion phases," La Macchia said.  "His strong credentials in the airline
 industry will help position us for new opportunities and affirm my family's
 commitment to build a profitable hub in Minneapolis/St. Paul."
     La Macchia added, "Most importantly, Banmiller will continue to promote
 our philosophy of providing competition, friendly service and good value for
 our customers."
 
     Biography of David A. Banmiller
     Banmiller has broad experience in aviation, starting as a management
 trainee for TWA.  He has managed airport operations, cargo, passenger service,
 sales, reservations, pricing, scheduling, planning, dining and commissary
 while rising through the executive ranks.  He also has expertise in finance,
 marketing, aviation-related mergers and acquisitions, labor union negotiations
 and government affairs.
     Banmiller served as President and CEO for a number of airlines including
 Pan American World Airways (1997-1998) and Sun Jet (1996-97).  At American
 Airlines, he held the title Vice President, International Division (1986-89).
 Prior to that, he was President and COO for Air Cal (1978-1986).
     Banmiller received his MBA from Loyola Marymount University and BA in
 Business Administration from Villanova University, where he was class
 Valedictorian.  He was a member of the Young Presidents Organization and
 belongs to The Wings Club.  He has served on the boards of four publicly
 traded companies: Air Cal, Furon, PAN AM and Petro.
 
     Sun Country Airlines, headquartered in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.,
 employs more than 1500 people and flies to more than 30 domestic and
 international destinations.  For more information, visit suncountry.com or
 call 800-FLY-N-SUN.
 
 SOURCE  Sun Country Airlines