SCORING IN CASINO MARKET: The leading limousine manufacturer gets its biggest order for traditional stretches since the recession began. It also gets another substantial order for its buses from a major federal agency.
BREA, Calif. — KRYSTAL ENTERPRISES, the world’s top maker of chauffeured transportation vehicles, recently landed a bulk order for traditional stretch limousines from MGM Mirage, which will operate the vehicles at five of its key resort-casinos.
The fleet order, to number twenty-eight, marks the company’s largest production batch since the industry downturn started in late 2008, and indicates that the coachbuilding sector is looking up again, said John Beck, executive vice president of Krystal.
The order from MGM Mirage includes twenty 72-inch (6-passenger) 5-door Lincoln Town Car stretches that will update limousine fleets at MGM Mirage’s Las Vegas properties, including the MGM MIRAGE, BELLAGIO, and the MGM GRAND.
Another eight 120-inch ( 8-passenger) 5-door limousines will be used at the BEAU RIVAGE RESORT & CASINO in Biloxi, Miss., and the GOLD STRIKE CASINO RESORT in Tunica, Miss.
Beck estimated the value of the MGM Mirage order at $2.3 million. The limousines will serve casino and resort clients who need airport and/or around-town luxury transportation. Krystal will deliver the limousines this summer.
Krystal’s last major stretch order, reported in the October/November edition of LCT Magazine, included twenty-six 72-inch stretch limousines powered by compressed natural gas for MGM Mirage’s CITY CENTER LAS VEAGS development in the heart of the Las Vegas strip.
John MacKinney, bus sales manager for Krystal, reported recent activity in the bus division:
• Krystal received an additional order from the General Services Administration through its Washington based distributor, Capitol Coachworks, Inc. This current order is for twenty-two 2010 emissions compliant shuttle buses built on the F-550 and International chassis’ and will range in size from 9 to 36 passengers. The GSA will disperse the buses among various federal agencies.
• Krystal also recently took delivery of its first MY 2011 Ford F550 chassis to be used for mini-buses that range in size from 24 to 32 passengers. The bus, to feature a new body style, will have the new 6.7 liter Power Stroke diesel engine with 390 hp. Krystal is building the first unit for A&M Limousine of Boston and will have 2010 emissions compliant diesel buses available in June.
• And the company is still working on fulfillment of the 2009-10 GSA order reported in LCT last fall for 35 Krystal Hybrid buses. The 35 fuel-efficient green buses, valued at about $8.75 million, will be distributed to various federal agencies by July.
— Martin Romjue, LCT Magazine