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Cline Tours Buys Bus Service To Form Large Southeast Fleet

Posted on July 24, 2013

OXFORD, Miss. — Cline Tours, Inc. recently acquired Callahan Bus Lines, a premium 22-year old charter bus service in Oxford, Miss.

The deal, arranged by Spencer Tenney of The Tenney Group, closed in June. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Callahan Bus Lines, owned by James and Nancy Callahan, has a 95% return customer rating and was awarded the Tennessee Motorcoach Association’s Operator of the Year Award in 2007. It has a longstanding history of service to the U.S. Armed Forces as well as to the University of Mississippi Athletics Department.

Cline Tours, owned by John McCommon, will absorb Callahan Bus Lines directly. Cline Tours has a fleet of more than 100 vehicles, making its fleet one of the largest in the Southeast. Cline Tours, headquartered in Ridgeland, Miss., was started in Jackson in 1983 by Johnny Cline.

McCommon purchased Cline Tours in 1996, and combined the business with his ongoing contract shuttle bus company to begin the new operation. Since 1996, the business has grown from one bus to more than 100 in four locations and over 100 employees. 

As the Callahan family transitions to the next chapter of their lives, they are far from forgotten. Although Cline Tours is the new official name for Callahan Charters (Callahan Bus Lines), McCommon has decided to place a special Callahan tribute logo on each of the new buses to honor and commemorate the Callahan name and the service they brought to the charter bus industry.

“Tenney was very, very, professional and knowledgeable about the deal, and took the time to build an incredible personal [rapport] with me,” McCommon said of the transportation business sales firm. “Everything was handled top to bottom and front to back.”

Source: The Tenney Group

Related Topics: buses, charter and tour, mergers & acquisitions, Spencer Tenney

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