After the events of January 6th at the U.S. Capitol, Joe Biden nixed plans to take a chartered Amtrak train down to D.C. and flew instead. Only he wasn’t flown by the Air Force. He and his team and accompanying media took private charters.
Here’s Joe Biden with his wife Jill, the next First Lady of the United States, boarding a Boeing Business Jet at Wilmington, Delaware’s airport. Wilmington hasn’t had commercial air service since Frontier left in 2015. Before that it was a place airlines would fly only so they could claim they operated to all 50 states.
Biden’s plane was accompanied by two Sun Country Boeing 737-800s alone with another from KaiserAir and a Embraer ERJ-145 from Ultimate Air Shuttle. Even for the short Wilmington-Joint Base Andrews (ADW) flight, the small regional jet goes to those with lowest status and losers of the coin toss.
— Vincent Games (@enginecosixteen) January 18, 2021
Boutique Minneapolis-based Sun Country was acquired by investment fund Apollo Global three years ago, and former Allegiant President Jude Bricker was put in charge to rip out first class, eliminate meals, and turn it into a low fare/high fee ultra low cost carrier. They quickly went about making a decision to strand passengers in Mexico, cancelling the last flights of the season and leaving customers without an airline outside the country. And then they starting losing bags and refusing to pay to deliver them.
So while Sun Country provided Biden a chartered aircraft for the 2008 campaign, this isn’t the same Sun Country his team knew back in the day. Although Amazon now owns a stake in one of the worst airlines in America, looking to them only for low cost cargo operations.
Starting tomorrow of course Joe Biden will be President and have full access to Air Force One and other aircraft.
(HT: Joe Cortez)