Calling service to Nashville, Minneapolis can defend cross-country access
PROVIDENCE – Sun Country Airlines this spring will start service from T.F. Green Airport to Nashville and Minneapolis-St. Paul, airline and airport officials announced Tuesday morning.
A factor in Sun Country's coming to Green was a personal conversation from Hasbro's CEO, looking for an easy way for employees of Pawtucket-based toymaker and entertainment company to travel between Rhode Island and the West Coast.
Hasbro has been thought to consider an exit from the Pawtucket, perhaps even Rhode Island, although the company has not disclosed its plans.
"We are in the process of evaluating several options for comparing our headquarters, including finding a new corporate campus near our current headquarters, wrote the company's spokeswoman Julie Duffy in a November statement. Duffy said the company is" committed to deliver a fully updated, connected and flexible work space for all of our employees, and want to find the right solution that will ultimately create the best corporate headquarters for Hasbro in the future. "
In an interview on Tuesday after the flights to Nashville and Minneapolis-St. Paul was announced, Iftikhar Ahmad, president and CEO of Rhode Island Airport Corporation, the state-owned company operating Green and five smaller state-owned airports, said Brian Goldner, CEO and CEO of Hasbro, personally called Sun Country CEO to advocate the service.
Ahmad said one of Goldner's interests in having Sun Country earn Green v is to allow Pawtucket-based Hasbro employees to fly from Rhode Island to the west coast.
Hasbro Spokeswoman Duffy, in an email to The Providence Journal, confirmed that Goldner had spoken to the Airline's CEO "Speaking Hasbro's Support" for the airline serving Green because he was interested in an easy way for company employees to travel to the West Coast.
While Nashville and Minneapolis-St. Paul was the focus of Tuesday's announcement, officials speaking at the press conference seemed to have their thoughts on a potential Sun Country retransmission.
"We're waiting for the next announcement of new destinations, Brian, Don't be shy," said Sen. Jack Reed, addressing Brian Davis, the airline chief marketing officer at the press conference.
Several of the speakers noted the latest expansion of Green's main lines and said that it was a factor in the airport's latest growth, including Tuesday's Sun Country announcement. Ahmad said that in the past two years, Green has grown from having seven airlines to 1[ads1]1 and from 17 non-stop destinations to 29.
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Sun Country will offer four trips a week to each city, beginning April 8, officials said Tuesday. will be tours to Nashville International Airport and to Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Single flights to Nashville start from $ 69 and to Minneapol is St. Paul's $ 79. Tickets went on sale Tuesday at suncountry.com.
Service to Nashville is scheduled at least through Labor Day and to Minneapolis-St. Paul at least through the end of October.
The airline, based on Minneapolis-St. Paul, flying a fleet of 30 Boeing 737s, 26 of them the 737-800 model and the rest 737-700 models. From its Minneapolis hub, Sun Country offers flights to West Coast destinations including Los Angeles and San Francisco and also Denver.
Commercial Secretary Stefan Pryor said Virgin Pulse, a digital healthcare company headquartered in Providence, would be expected to be a key customer of Sun Country because last year, Virgin Pulse merged with Red Brick, a Minneapolis employee company.