In 1982, a group of pilots and flight attendants from defunct Braniff International banded together to form their own airline with the help of businessmen in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. This group named its venture Sun Country Airlines®. It partnered with locally based MLT Vacations and exclusively operated charter flights, initially flying from Sioux Falls to Las Vegas.
Sun Country had 16 employees that acted as jacks-of-all-trades in the early days. Flight attendants prepared meals and stocked beverages while pilots updated manuals and assisted in catering. They were a tight-knit bunch who loved putting in the required time to help their company succeed. The fruits of their labor appeared in the first year, producing profits after only six weeks in the air!