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Sunwing Airlines Flight Review

Post Last Modified – December 15, 2023 ¦

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A Sunwing Airlines Flight Review Regarding a Pilot Request

On one of our vacations to 🏖 Cancun in Mexico a few seasons back, and flying with ✈ Sunwing Airlines, a strange thing happened on our flight home. It was something I had never experienced in all my years of air travel. Here’s what occurred on this flight and a brief look at my …

✈ Sunwing Airlines Flight Review. ✈

Now I’m no pilot or have any knowledge of flying whatsoever, but what occurred really drew my attention and curiosity. So much so, that once I returned home, I immediately contacted a family member, who is an experienced test 👨 pilot in the 🍁 Canadian Armed Forces.

Here’s what happened;

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Prior to takeoff from Cancun airport, our flight attendant made an announcement. The 👨 Captain had issued an order.

7 passengers in rows {1 thru 10}, must move back to the rear of the plane for takeoff and for the entire duration of the flight. Now, these front row 💺 seats are for those elite passengers, who paid an additional fee for; extra leg room, baggage allowance, priority check in and so on.

There was no explanation given for this order and all the flight attendant said to passengers was …

The doors would not be closed until this request was met.

Needless to say, those elite passengers were not very happy to say the least!

Safety Is Priority One

I would never sacrifice my safety or that of any others for any reason. After discussing this with a professional airline pilot and from the explanation I received from him, I’m glad the pilot made this important decision.

Here’s what he had to say;

I read Rob’s question about the aircraft weight distribution and although this is rare for commercial airlines to have to move passengers, the Centre of Gravity of the aircraft is critical to maintaining proper aircraft control.

It is computed in detail before every single flight, even on our helicopters. So it is likely, that due to the specific passenger 💺 seating and 🧳 baggage load, they had to move the center of gravity of the aircraft backwards, to ensure it was within limits (for adequate control).

This often leads to accidents on small general aviation 🛩 aircraft, when they are either; overloaded or the loading puts the Centre of Gravity (CG) out of limits. Unfortunately these pilots are not diligent enough, or sometimes negligent in this regard.

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Hats Off To Our Sunwing Pilots

Now after understanding what occurred in more detail, I am thankful our 👨 Sunwing pilots were doing their job professionally, with the safety of all passengers as priority one!

Indeed, this must be a very rare occurrence for this type of ✈ air travel. In all my years of flying in all sizes of aircraft, this has never occurred. Hopefully for good reason and not because of – pilot negligence.
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So there you have it!

Just something of interest to pass on to you in regards to airline safety. It’s nice to know that for those of us who travel and fly a great deal, we are safe in the hands of professional commercial airline pilots.

I trust that the airline would have reimbursed or offered some sort of compensation, to those passengers that were not able to utilize their class of seating they had paid for.

However, I personally think that things would have gone a lot smoother, had the flight attendant and/or pilot actually explained the reason for this demand. I’m quite sure, once the passengers were aware of the circumstance, they would have given up their seats much easier.

As well, giving assurance that their payment for their {Elite Upgrade}, or flight for that matter, would be reimbursed and/or credit given for a future flight.

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Update 2023

🍁 Canada’s transport ministry has approved WestJet Airlines request to acquire Toronto’s Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines. The two airlines will merge in the very near future.

May 1, 2023 — The WestJet Group today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines.

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Hopefully this merger between airlines will make air travel for Canadians, more efficient than what we’ve experienced in recent years. 🫰

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