There’s more bad news than good for travellers in Sun Country Airlines’ recently announced plans to refurbish the cabins on its entire fleet of Boeing 737 jets.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Midwest-based airline said it will eliminate the money-losing First Class section from its jets, replacing those seats with a mix of premium and standard economy seats. The new seating will standardise capacity in Sun Country’s 30 planes at 183 passengers.
Seat pitch will range from 34 inches in premium economy to 32, 30, and 29 inches in regular economy, with the most cramped seats toward the back of the plane. Currently, seat pitch on Sun Country flights is 31 to 32 inches in economy class.
A few perks associated with the refurbishments will be USB ports and power outlets at every economy class seat.
Sun Country’s new CEO formerly headed ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Airlines, and industry observers say that Sun Country seems to be following a model similar to the one that made Allegiant a financial success.
Based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, the airline offers scheduled and charter flights to cities in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and Costa Rica.