Sun Country agrees to deal giving pilots 'substantial' pay raise

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Minnesota-based Sun Country Airlines approved a new five-year contract providing "substantial pay raises" for pilots, bringing to an end a lengthy saga.

Pilots ratified a tentative agreement that was reached in September with the help of a federal mediator after five years of fruitless negotiations.

As the Pioneer Press reports, captains with 12 years' experience were getting on average $127 per hour for flying Boeing 737s, compared to the $200-plus made by Delta pilots, and they had asked for a raise up to $170 an hour to close that gap.

Details of the new pay levels have not been released at this stage but Capt. Brian Roseen, chairman of the Air Line Pilots Association's Sun Country Master Executive Council, says it "recognizes our pilot group for its contribution to the airline's current and future success, as well as our sacrifices in years' past."

"We are proud to serve Sun Country with global professionalism combined with hometown pride," he added in the press release.

"We are very pleased to have found common ground and agreement with our Sun Country Airline pilot team," Sun Country owner, Marty Davis said. "Our pilots are outstanding leaders of our airline and their efforts and performance at this company has been exemplary for many, many years."

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