Sunwing Airlines

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Sunwing Airlines
Sunwings logo 2015.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded2005; 17 years ago (2005)
Commenced operationsNovember 17, 2005; 16 years ago (2005-11-17)
AOC #Canada: 15022,[1] United States: U6WF143F[2]
Operating bases
Fleet size27[3]
Parent companySunwing Travel Group
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
Key peopleMark Williams, president
Employees1,500 (2015)

Sunwing Airlines Inc. is a Canadian low-cost airline headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.

Sunwing Airlines offers scheduled and charter services from Canada and the United States to destinations within the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America in the winter months. During the summer months, the company offers domestic services across Canada.[4][5] It is a subsidiary of Sunwing Travel Group and its main Canadian bases are Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport. The company also operates seasonal flight services from approximately 25 local Canadian gateways including Calgary International Airport, Edmonton International Airport, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, and Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.[6]


A Boeing 757-200 with Skyservice and Sunwing dual-livery on it, August 2005

By 2004, Sunwing Vacations had become the second largest tour operator in the Ontario area. That year, a former Skyservice employee named Mark Williams approached the CEO of Sunwing Travel Group, Colin Hunter, and asked if he wanted to start an airline.[7] A few weeks later official plans to launch the airline were in place. In November 2005, a Boeing 737-800 departing from Toronto to Santiago de Cuba was the airline's inaugural flight.[8] In December 2005, Sunwing flew its first direct flight from Sudbury, Ontario to Varadero, Cuba, making it one of the first international flights directly from the Sudbury Airport.[9] In November 2006, the company flew its first flight out of Montreal.[10]

By 2008, Sunwing Airlines had grown to operate in 29 cities.[11]

In 2015, it was announced that Sunwing had finalized a $350 million deal to acquire two Boeing 737-800 and four Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from Air Lease Corporation. The aircraft are due to be delivered over a four-year period from early 2016.[12] Seneca College and the University of Waterloo launched a partnership with Sunwing in 2016 to form a cadet program which includes flight training and mentoring through Sunwing.[13] Sunwing joined the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) expedited screening program, TSA PreCheck, in January 2017. At that time, the TSA PreCheck program was available at 180 United States airports and works with 30 airlines.[14]

Sunwing took delivery of their first Boeing 737 MAX 8 on May 25, 2018.[15]


A Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Montréal–Trudeau International Airport. The airport serves as a Canadian base for the airline

Sunwing Airlines flies to a wide range of vacation destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico, Cuba, Central, and South America. The most popular destinations include Varadero, Punta Cana, Cancun, and Montego Bay. Its parent company, the Sunwing Travel Group, is Cuba's largest travel provider internationally, sending over 700,000 vacationers to the destination each year.[16][17]

In Canada, the airline operates several domestic routes, including Toronto to Vancouver which operated daily as of Summer 2015, as well as maintaining year-round service to its most popular destinations. Other connections include Deer Lake, Gander, and St John's from Toronto.[18] As of Summer 2015, the airline operated service to Caribbean destinations from Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, Houston, Lansing, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Newark, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Rockford.[19]

In summer, Sunwing Airlines sends many of their 737-800 aircraft over to Europe to operate for the TUI Group during their extremely busy season. The aircraft operate flights all around Europe for the company. The deal is reciprocated during the winter months with Tui sending several aircraft to Canada to operate Sunwing routes.

Sunwing has an agreement with ULCC Swoop that allows passengers out of Hamilton, London, Edmonton, Abbotsford, and Winnipeg to book Sunwing vacation packages with Swoop flights.


Current fleet[edit]

The Sunwing Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of April 4, 2021:[3][20]

Sunwing Airlines fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 21 1 189 12 wet leased from TUI Airways
Boeing 737 MAX 8 6 189
Total 27 1

Former fleet[edit]

Sunwing Airlines former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 767-300ER 2 2011 2012 Leased from EuroAtlantic Airways

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ Transport Canada (26 August 2019), Civil Aviation Services (CAS) AOC.
  2. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Sunwing Airlines". Transport Canada. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "Sunwing Airlines". CAPA Centre for Aviation. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  5. ^ Dixon, Guy (January 25, 2016). "How to Prevent the Sinking Dollar From Grounding Your Vacation". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "Destination Travel Guide". Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  7. ^ Savedra, Jen (July 17, 2006). "Sunwing "Does it Differently"". TravelHotNews. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "Sunwing Airline Soars From Toronto Pearson" (PDF). Toronto Pearson Today. February 2006. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  9. ^ Sunwing Travel - Greater Sudbury Canada to Varadero every Wednesday, Havana Journal/Northern Life, December 28, 2005
  10. ^ Chiasson, Uguette; Beauregard, Chantal (November 6, 2006). "Sunwing's Inaugural Flight Out of Montreal to Punta Cana". TravelHotNews. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  11. ^ "New Carrier, Renovation for Windsor Airport". The Windsor Star. May 28, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  12. ^ "MAX for Sunwing". Airliner World: 13. February 2015.
  13. ^ "Sunwing's cadet program taking flight again". Pax News. February 24, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "Sunwing awarded entry into TSA PreCheck screening program". Travel Week. January 27, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  15. ^ "Sunwing Travel Group".
  16. ^ "U.S. Visitors to Cuba Will Accelerate With 12 Categories For Licenses". TravelWeek News. December 18, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  17. ^ Csanady, Ashley (December 17, 2017). "It's About to Get a Lot More Crowded and Costly on Cuba's Beaches". Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  18. ^ "Sunwing Ups Domestic Schedule, Offers Daily Toronto-Vancouver Flight". TravelWeek. January 22, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  19. ^ Smith, Kendea (June 2, 2015). "Sunwing Airlines connects Houston Texas to Freeport Grand Bahama". The Bahamas Weekly. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  20. ^ "Sunwing Airlines Fleet Details and History". Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  21. ^ "Passenger's alleged bomb threat forces Sunwing flight back to Pearson". July 25, 2014.
  22. ^ "Passengers Diverted Again After Seeing SWAT Team Rush First Plane". ABC News. July 26, 2014.
  23. ^ "2 planes collide on the ground at Toronto's airport".
  24. ^ "Live Flight Tracker - Real-Time Flight Tracker Map".
  25. ^ a b c Ann, Virginie (January 5, 2022). "Airlines won't fly home Quebec passengers from Sunwing party flight to Mexico".
  26. ^ @airtransat (January 5, 2022). "1/2 We are aware of the situation regarding disruptive passengers who have traveled to Cancun and are now attemptin…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

External links[edit]

Media related to Sunwing Airlines at Wikimedia Commons