Sunwing Finalizes Winter Schedule Without Boeing 737 MAX 8
Sunwing's winter flight schedule -- in effect from 5NOV to mid-MAY 2020 -- will operate without the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the carrier announced yesterday. The carrier's winter schedule will rely entirely on Boeing 737-800s.
While the move has been prompted by the ongoing worldwide grounding of the 737 MAX 8, the company said that "being able to offer an excellent customer experience" and providing clients "with much-needed reassurance" were equally important factors in its decision.
"The worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft created operational difficulties for us during the summer months when we did not have additional capacity within our fleet to replace this aircraft type,” said Andrew Dawson, Sunwing’s President of Tour Operations. “In order to maintain our customers’ vacation plans, it was necessary to contract flying with third-party carriers and make schedule changes or cancellations to over 3,000 flights."
Dawson added: "We acknowledge the options our customers were presented with to maintain their travel plans may have caused them an inconvenience and we appreciate the understanding and flexibility shown by both our travel agent partners and our customers during this period."
All schedule changes required to accommodate the change in aircraft type have already been made and are now live on the company’s website and reservation system, through to mid-MAY 2020.
If the Boeing 737 MAX 8 is cleared to fly again during the course of the winter, the company will evaluate opportunities to add capacity or reintegrate them into the fleet at that time.