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.