Crown Resorts to acquire three Bombardier Global Express XRS to replace Gulfstream fleet

Bombardier Global Express XRS Photo copyright Bombardier Aerospace
Bombardier Global Express XRS
Photo copyright Bombardier Aerospace

22 August 2014.

Crown Resorts has announced that it is to acquire three Bombardier Global Express XRS aircraft at a cost of $100 million, to replace its current fleet of three Gulfstream jets.

Crown’s existing fleet of Gulfstream aircraft were acquired between 1995 and 2010:

  • VH-CCC Gulfstream G-V (MSN 581) (built in 1999) (an aircraft previously used for CIA rendition flights);
  • VH-CGF Glufstream G-IV (MSN 1083) (built in 1988)
  • VH-CRQ Gulfstream G-V (MSN 603) (built in 2000)

Crown Resorts is one of Australia’s largest casino and entertainment groups. The jets are used to transport the biggest gamblers – known as ‘high rollers’ or ‘whales’ to James Packer’s casino resorts in Melbourne, Perth, Macau and London. Crown will also build a casino in Sydney and possibly Las Vegas.

The new Global Express XRS aircraft are configured with 15 seats and nine sleeping berths and passengers will be receive a five-star food and drink service.

VH-CCC Gulfstream 5 (MSN 581) owned by Crown Casinos Melbourne at Perth Airport – Wed 23 July 2014
VH-CCC Gulfstream 5 (MSN 581) owned by Crown Casinos Melbourne at Perth Airport – Wed 23 July 2014
Taxying for a runway 03 departure at 1:02 pm
Photo © Matt Hannigan
VH-CGF Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV (MSN 1083) of Crown Melbourne Ltd at Perth Airport – Wed 5 February 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CGF Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV (MSN 1083) of Crown Melbourne Ltd at Perth Airport – Wed 5 February 2014
Crown Melbourne operates casino and hotel complexes in Melbourne and Perth, with joint venture casinos in Macau.
On final approach to runway 21 at 16:06, arriving from Sydney. It departed at 17:30 to Seletar. Built in 1988. Ex N1761Q, HB-ITZ, VH-CCC.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CRQ Gulfstream Aerospace G.V (cn 603) owned by Crown Melbourne Ltd at Perth Airport – Sun 17 August 2014
VH-CRQ Gulfstream Aerospace G.V (cn 603) owned by Crown Melbourne Ltd at Perth Airport – Sun 17 August 2014
Taxying for a runway 03 departure at 1:29 pm
Photo © Keith Anderson

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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