T-7 Days ... Sun Country Airlines Counts Down to Re-Launch

Airline Repositions for Growth with New Fleet, New Terminal, New Technology,

New Transcontinental Schedule, New Leadership



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Country Airlines

    MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, Minn., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Less than two years
 after Minnesota-based Sun Country Airlines made the major transition from
 charter to scheduled service, the airline is now preparing more major changes
 to "re-launch" the carrier.
     Sun Country boasts of new planes, a new terminal, new technology, new
 schedule and new leadership -- all coming together in the next 28 days -- that
 the airline says will make Sun Country a very competitive force in the
 marketplace.  "My family is committed to the success of Sun Country and
 believe we are well-positioned to create a successful low-fare alternative
 airline in the Twin Cities," said Bill La Macchia, Jr., CEO of Sun Country
 Airlines.
 
     Invest for Success -- New Planes
     The first phase of this strategy has been the airline's decision to invest
 in eight new Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, three of which already in
 the fleet and the remaining five scheduled to arrive between now and March of
 2002. Six of the aircraft ordered are 737-800s and two are 737-700s.
     The new, more fuel-efficient planes are a critical component of the
 airline's marketing strategy to increase revenues and attract more business
 travelers.  The new aircraft feature all-leather seating and a first class
 section called "the front row" to cater more to business travel comforts.
 
     New Home "T-7 Days and Counting Down"
     In another major step forward for the carrier, the airline is counting
 down and preparing for its move to the brand new Humphrey terminal next week
 (just seven days away) on May 2.
     Sun Country's last flight to the old terminal will be around 8 p.m. on
 May 1.  The carrier will then pack up its operation and move across the tarmac
 to the new terminal in preparation for its operations beginning less than
 10 hours later.  Sun Country's first flight departs the new terminal at
 6:00 a.m. on May 2.
 
     New Sabre Technology
 In addition to moving to a new terminal, at the same time, Sun Country is
 changing to an entirely new system for reservations, ticketing and seat
 assignment, airport check-in, departure control, flight operations and revenue
 management.  Sun Country switches to new Sabre technology when it checks
 passengers into the new terminal for its first flight on May 2.
     Sabre's state-of-the art automation allows for greater connectivity in the
 Global Distribution Systems (GDS) and ensures Sun Country flights are
 displayed to travel agents worldwide.  Sabre's advanced revenue management
 technology will enhance Sun Country's competitive pricing capabilities and is
 used by nearly 40 other airlines worldwide.
 
     New Planes + New Terminal + New Technology = New Schedule
     With the new 737s, expansion capabilities of the new terminal and new
 reservations systems the airline is also launching a new schedule.  Starting
 May 21, Sun Country begins new transcontinental service, with two flights per
 day from the East Coast (New York-JFK, Boston and Washington D.C.) and West
 Coast (Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles) connecting through its
 Minneapolis/St. Paul hub at the Humphrey terminal to the opposite coast.
 
     New Leadership -- Bringing in Top Talent
     To implement the airline's strategy, David Banmiller was recently named
 President and Chief Operating Officer.  Banmiller complements the airline's
 commitment to service with a 35-year record of successful operations in the
 airline industry.  Banmiller started as a management trainee at TWA and worked
 his way up through numerous airline executive positions before joining Sun
 Country in April 2001.
 
     On Course for Success
     According to La Macchia, the new changes put Sun Country on course for
 growth and success.  "With all of the changes, it's like we're starting the
 airline all over again.  We have a clean sheet of paper to execute our
 strategy and we are committed to making this airline grow and serving the
 community with our friendly, affordable service," La Macchia concluded.
 
     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 an on-line media kit, visit
 http://www.suncountry.com
 
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    MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, Minn., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Less than two years
 after Minnesota-based Sun Country Airlines made the major transition from
 charter to scheduled service, the airline is now preparing more major changes
 to "re-launch" the carrier.
     Sun Country boasts of new planes, a new terminal, new technology, new
 schedule and new leadership -- all coming together in the next 28 days -- that
 the airline says will make Sun Country a very competitive force in the
 marketplace.  "My family is committed to the success of Sun Country and
 believe we are well-positioned to create a successful low-fare alternative
 airline in the Twin Cities," said Bill La Macchia, Jr., CEO of Sun Country
 Airlines.
 
     Invest for Success -- New Planes
     The first phase of this strategy has been the airline's decision to invest
 in eight new Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, three of which already in
 the fleet and the remaining five scheduled to arrive between now and March of
 2002. Six of the aircraft ordered are 737-800s and two are 737-700s.
     The new, more fuel-efficient planes are a critical component of the
 airline's marketing strategy to increase revenues and attract more business
 travelers.  The new aircraft feature all-leather seating and a first class
 section called "the front row" to cater more to business travel comforts.
 
     New Home "T-7 Days and Counting Down"
     In another major step forward for the carrier, the airline is counting
 down and preparing for its move to the brand new Humphrey terminal next week
 (just seven days away) on May 2.
     Sun Country's last flight to the old terminal will be around 8 p.m. on
 May 1.  The carrier will then pack up its operation and move across the tarmac
 to the new terminal in preparation for its operations beginning less than
 10 hours later.  Sun Country's first flight departs the new terminal at
 6:00 a.m. on May 2.
 
     New Sabre Technology
 In addition to moving to a new terminal, at the same time, Sun Country is
 changing to an entirely new system for reservations, ticketing and seat
 assignment, airport check-in, departure control, flight operations and revenue
 management.  Sun Country switches to new Sabre technology when it checks
 passengers into the new terminal for its first flight on May 2.
     Sabre's state-of-the art automation allows for greater connectivity in the
 Global Distribution Systems (GDS) and ensures Sun Country flights are
 displayed to travel agents worldwide.  Sabre's advanced revenue management
 technology will enhance Sun Country's competitive pricing capabilities and is
 used by nearly 40 other airlines worldwide.
 
     New Planes + New Terminal + New Technology = New Schedule
     With the new 737s, expansion capabilities of the new terminal and new
 reservations systems the airline is also launching a new schedule.  Starting
 May 21, Sun Country begins new transcontinental service, with two flights per
 day from the East Coast (New York-JFK, Boston and Washington D.C.) and West
 Coast (Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles) connecting through its
 Minneapolis/St. Paul hub at the Humphrey terminal to the opposite coast.
 
     New Leadership -- Bringing in Top Talent
     To implement the airline's strategy, David Banmiller was recently named
 President and Chief Operating Officer.  Banmiller complements the airline's
 commitment to service with a 35-year record of successful operations in the
 airline industry.  Banmiller started as a management trainee at TWA and worked
 his way up through numerous airline executive positions before joining Sun
 Country in April 2001.
 
     On Course for Success
     According to La Macchia, the new changes put Sun Country on course for
 growth and success.  "With all of the changes, it's like we're starting the
 airline all over again.  We have a clean sheet of paper to execute our
 strategy and we are committed to making this airline grow and serving the
 community with our friendly, affordable service," La Macchia concluded.
 
     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 an on-line media kit, visit
 http://www.suncountry.com
 
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