Sunwing to operate all winter routes without the Boeing 737 Max 8

posted on 20th August 2019 by Justin Burns
Sunwing to operate all winter routes without the Boeing 737 Max 8

Canadian low-cost carrier Sunwing Airlines will operate all routes during the coming winter season without the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft which remains grounded.

The new schedule comes into effect on 5 November 2019 and runs through until mid-May 2020. The airline’s main bases are in Montreal and Toronto, but it also operates from others including Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.

The scheduled and charter airline has four Max 8s in its fleet, but the type remains grounded worldwide, as Boeing develops new software so it can safely fly again, with no exact date given for when it can take-off.

Sunwing Airlines will now utilise a fleet of Boeing 737-800s on all of its 70-plus destinations throughout the winter season.

President of tour operations, Andrew Dawson said: “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.

“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.”

If the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft becomes available during the course of the winter, Sunwing will evaluate opportunities to add capacity or reintegrate them into the fleet at that time.