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Yesterday, Sun Country Airlines announced that each airplane in its fleet will be named after a Minnesota lake and will feature custom lake-themed art, representative of lakes that span the state.
"Sun Country Airlines is Minnesota's Hometown Airline, and in Minnesota, our lakes are part of our DNA. We want to honor the bodies of water synonymous with the Minnesota lifestyle, and are thrilled to unveil the Hometown Lakes Project," said Zarir Erani, Sun Country Airlines president and CEO. "From Lake of the Woods and Lake Superior upstate to Lake Nokomis and Lake Phalen in the Twin Cities to Lake Winona and Lake Washington downstate, Sun Country passengers will be able to explore Minnesota through our fleet's unique artwork and discover new reasons to love our hometown."
Sun Country commissioned Minneapolis-based, nationally renowned artist Mark Herman to create the custom illustrations for each plane. For inspiration, he embarked with his dad on a trip across Minnesota to scout out lakes and landmarks. The trip resulted in incredible, custom lake and topography illustrations.
During an event hosted yesterday at Sun Country's hangar at MSP, the airline unveiled the first completed aircraft – Lake Bemidji. The aircraft features its new name on the exterior, under either side of the cockpit, as well as outside the front boarding door. On the inside of the aircraft, a custom illustration highlights Bemidji's iconic Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues. Hometown Lakes Project artwork will be rolled out to the rest of the fleet over the next several months.
To learn more about Sun Country Airlines' Hometown Lakes Project, visit suncountry.com. The artwork collection is available for purchase as a set of stationary notecards and playingcards on the Sun Country Store.