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Stress Free MHK Transfers

By Sean McCann
Black Car Airport Sedan and SUV

Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) is expanding and the final product promises to be an impressive, convenient facility.  For now, however, finding a parking spot and getting in/out of the terminal can be a little painful.  Why not bypass all of this by choosing the Black Car experience?  We can drop you off and pick you up just a few steps from the terminal and, as always, assist you with your baggage along the way.  Since our drivers visit the Manhattan Regional Airport nearly every day, they can help navigate you in/out of the confusing construction as you enter and depart the terminal.

Black Car Airport Sedan and SUV of Manhattan, Kansas, is the first choice for travelers wanting an upscale, reliable Manhattan Regional Airport transfer under normal circumstances, however we’ve noticed an uptick in requests for airport car service during the current construction phase at MHK as travelers try to bypass the construction issues.  You can join this group of discerning travelers by requesting a quote for service today or calling 785-410-8483.

Remember, since we are a private car service, not a taxi, you must make an advance reservation.  Any Manhattan to/from Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) transfer is $30 – flat rate that includes all taxes, fees and driver gratuity.  You can pay with cash, all major credit cards and local checks.

We look forward to getting you to and from the Manhattan Regional Airport soon!

 

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K-State Students Choose Black Car

We would like to thank the over 40 Kansas State University students who chose to use Black Car for their airport transportation needs during finals week.

K-State students traveled in Black Car Airport Sedan and SUV vehicles from Manhattan, Kansas to Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK), Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT), Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and Topeka’s Amtrak station as they headed home for the holidays.

As per our standard, each student was picked up and delivered to their destination on time.

We appreciate the support of Kansas State University and the city of Manhattan!

Book your next airport transfer now by calling or texting our reservation line 785-410-8483 or send an e-mail to info@blackcarmhk.com

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Choose Black Car for the Holidays

In addition to our one-way and round trip airport shuttle service to/from Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK), Kansas City International (MCI) and Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) Black Car also offers hourly service ideal for holiday and New Years parties.  Clients can rent a car and driver for a specified amount of time directing the driver to perform whatever transportation needs they might have during this period.

The rate for this service is $40/hour for a sedan (up to 3 passengers) and $48/hour for a large SUV (up to 6 passengers) with a 2 hour minimum.  The all-inclusive rate includes all taxes, tolls, fees and a generous 15% gratuity.

To check on the the availability of our fleet for your holiday and New Years events please contact Black Car at 785-410-8483 or e-mail info@blackcarmhk.com

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Black Car Adds Topeka Regional Airport (FOE) Service

Black Car Airport Sedan and SUV service has added Topeka Regional Airport (FOE) to our rate schedule with service to/from the Manhattan, KS area.

United Airlines is adding two Topeka inbound/outbound Chicago O’Hare (ORD) flights per day starting in January which has already resulted in several people already contacting us about Topeka airport transfers – hence the addition of this service.

The all-inclusive flat rate (taxes, tolls, fees and 15% gratuity) for one-way private car service to/from the Manhattan, KS, area to/from the Topeka Regional Airport (FOE) will be $110 (sedan) and $125 (large SUV) – the same as our existing Topeka Amtrak one-way rates.

Service to Topeka Regional Airport will provide another option for our clients in addition to our current sedan and SUV airport transfer service to/from Kansas City International (MCI), Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) and Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT).

To see an updated rate schedule click here.

Why ride in coach when first-class is available – Black Car Sedan and SUV service.

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New Airport Shuttle Flat Rates

Once again, Black Car Airport Sedan and SUV is responding to our clients preferences.  We have created a new flat rate structure that imbeds a 15% gratuity into our rates (in addition to all taxes, tolls and fees).

This makes sense for a number of reasons: 1) we’ve found the more we simplify things, the better the experience for our clients, the more repeat clients we have; 2) most of our clients voluntarily pre-pay with a credit card; and 3) the average driver gratuity we receive is 15%.

In addition to the new rates, we also are taking pre-payment via credit card over the phone or PayPal. We have found that when we drop clients off at the airport the last thing they want to do is scrounge around their bags for cash to pay and tip the driver – they want to get their luggage and go!  We don’t blame them!  So, we’ve come up with a new rate structure (and pre-pay option) highlighted by our two most popular fares:

$30 ONE-WAY – Manhattan, KS to/from Manhattan Regional Airport – MHK ($26 fare + $4 gratuity)

$200 ONE-WAY – Manhattan, KS to/from Kansas City International Airport  – MCI ($175 + $25 gratuity)

For all of our new airport rates click here

Thanks again to all of our clients.  We look forward to serving you again soon!

 

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2013 Summer Special Starting at $20

At Black Car, we are always looking for ways to make our service more affordable for our clients while also maintaining our reputation as the best, most reliable ground transportation provider in the Little Apple.

With summer upon us (and fewer car washes!) we’ve come up with our most competitive rate schedule to date. Our “Summer Special” is highlighted by $20 one-way Manhattan Regional Airport transfers from anywhere in Manhattan, KS (or Fort Riley) AND $175 one-way Kansas City International Airport transfers from the Manhattan area.  These rates are in effect until August 31, 2013.  For a complete updated rate schedule visit our website www.blackcarmhk.com.

All you have to do to claim the summer special rates (15-20% off our normal rates) is show your driver that you have Black Car’s client-only number saved on your phone … Black Car, 785-410-8483.

As always, you can get a quote or reserve service by contacting us via email info@blackcarmhk.com or call/text 785-410-8483.  We look forward to seeing you this summer!

The Black Car Team

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The Black Night Arrives

We at Black Car would like to announce the addition of a black GMC Yukon XL to our fleet (aka “The Black Knight”).

This addition was made in response to client requests for a vehicle that can accommodate more passengers and with more cargo space. Also, our ability to work through inclement weather and drive the local gravel roads is enhanced with this large All-Wheel Drive SUV. The Black Knight seats 6 passengers (in addition to the driver) and has 2nd row bucket seats making access to the third row much easier. The 2nd row leather seats are heated and also have climate/radio controls. The cargo area is a class leading 46 cubic ft – even with the third row upright (3x a large sedan’s trunk space).

Attached are some photos for you to look over. We look forward to serving your ground transportation needs in the future, whether it be just you OR a group of six!

The Black Car Team

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On Time Guarantee

We at Black Car hope you and your family had a safe and happy holiday season. We’ve been quizzing our clients lately with the question “why did you choose Black Car?”. As much as we would like the answer to be “charming, charismatic drivers” or “the classiest ride in town” nearly every response centers around one word: RELIABILITY. “We know you are going to be on time”, “you guys are like the gold standard of local car service”, etc., etc.

This being the case, it’s not surprising that 95% of our business involves a reservation of some sort – in particular airline flights and dinner reservations.

We’ve made the decision to build on this reputation by implementing a new “On Time Guarantee” for 2013. Simply stated – if our driver is late for a scheduled pick-up, your next ride is free. We wanted our clients to be the first to know about this. You will soon see phrases like “On Time Guarantee” and “Guaranteed on Time” as part of our marketing efforts.

As always, thanks for choosing Black Car. If you have any comments or suggestions do not hesitate to let us know. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

The Black Car Team

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First Step in Manhattan Regional Airport Expansion

by Austin Nichols
The K-State Collegian
September 12, 2012

City commissioners vote 5-0 to approve spending on multimillion-dollar airport expansion. In the first step toward the expansion of Manhattan Regional Airport, city commissioners voted unanimously (5-0) yesterday to begin the multimillion-dollar project.

The expansion plan looks to be a six-year process, and the reason for the special city commission meeting Tuesday night was to vote on the airport general aviation apron. An apron, also known as the ramp, is the paved area around the airport and hangars where aircraft load or unload, park, refuel and take on passengers.

Peter Van Kuren, Manhattan Regional Airport Director, presented the commissioners and mayor with a presentation of the expansion project and the details of the aviation apron that were up for vote. The first step of the expansion project was directed towards the fixed-base operator. As Van Kuren explained, the FBO is a commercial business employed by the airport to provide support services.

“The FBO’s function is primarily to provide fuel, but it’s providing services to aircraft and pilots that are operating in and out of the airport,” Van Kuren said. “The FBO is providing a service on the airport for any type of aeronautical type of function.”

The fixed-base operator also provides a taxi service for airplanes along with parking spaces for those planes.

It is not the airlines that are insisting the FBO be expanded. This mandate is coming from the Transportation Security Administration, which asserts that the airport has a responsibility to keep commercial passengers away from citizens flying their own general aircrafts.

Van Kuren said that the way the FBO is currently set up allows a high rate of intermingling between commercial and private aircraft, causing the system to be potentially unsafe for everyone involved.??The reason the apron was passed, according to commissioner Wynn Butler, was that the city was able to sell $300,000 worth of dirt sitting at the end of the runway. The apron accounts for only a portion of the total cost of the expansion project.

“That $300,000 funded 90 percent of the apron that was passed,” Butler said.
Tuesday, the commission agreed to pay an additional $10,000.
“We are going to get a return on that $10,000,” Butler said.

The overall cost of the project will reach up to $50 million. Butler has no problem with the building of the terminal, but he is worried about the order of the phasing. He said that it doesn’t make sense to build a new terminal to attract more customers and airlines but then be turned down by the airlines because the runway isn’t safe.

Overall, the expansion project will require a lot of money from the city to match the FAA grant that is the majority of the funding for the project.

Sometime in 2013, the city will be responsible for around $3,400,000 for the parking phase of the project. Mayor Pro Tem John Matta said that eventually the airport will have to start charging people to park just to help cover the high costs associated with the expansion project.

“Overall I think it’s a good plan. The problem is, it’s going to take a lot of funding as we keep going,” Matta said. “We’re going to have to charge people for parking.”

Matta believes that if the extension of a half-percent sales tax proposed by the commission passes in November, it can be a good source of income for the city to help cover the costs the project will demand over the next couple of years.

The domino effect, as Butler referred to it, is what concerns him about the overall expansion project. He said he is fine with the apron that was passed but won’t vote to pass a surprise $2 million because of the debt Manhattan is already facing.

“The phasing concerns me and, of course, always the funding. What we’ve done so far, it’s OK. We can handle that,” Butler said. “We have a $279 million city debt. I’m not going to vote for $50 million more of bonds on top of that. We’re not hitting $300 million if I can prevent it.”
The expansion will have no effect on the construction on Kansas Highway 18.

The commissioners voted to accept the engineer’s opinion of probable cost in the amount of $1,700,406, authorize the mayor and city clerk to execute a construction contract in the amount of $1,666,859.02 with Dondlinger and Sons

Construction Co. Inc. of Wichita, authorize the mayor and city clerk to execute task order No. 5 in the amount of $203,812.50 with Mead and Hunt Inc. of Madison, Wis., for construction administration of the project and to accept the federal grant offer from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the amount of $1,890,734.

The other topic of discussion in the special city commission meeting was a work session item on the Metropolitan Planning Organization which is being overseen by the Kansas Department of Transportation. The MPO is a regional planning committee that Manhattan is required by the federal government to join.
Since Manhattan is the major city in the region and will produce the majority of the budget for the MPO, the city has the opportunity to decide who they want to join them on the regional planning board.

The hourlong dicussion was over which one of two regional maps suits Manhattan better for their needs. Both maps include Riley County, Wamego and potentially Ogden as seat holders on the board for the region. One map, however, includes Fort Riley, Junction City and Pottawatomie county, while the other smaller map does not include those areas.

The commissioners seemed to be split on which regional map they will choose.
Matta and Butler showed interest in the smaller of the two maps while Mayor Loren Pepperd and Commissioner Jim Sherow favored the larger map. Commissioner Richard Jankovich looks to be the swing vote in the debate.

Matta and Butler would like to see more Manhattan officials on the board and worry that there won’t be enough local control on the planning committee.

Sherow and Pepperd both believe that Manhattan’s neighbors should be included and that regional services should be afforded to all the cities and counties on their regional map.

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Toyota to Offer Unique Fleet Models

TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA, October 30, 2012 – With the all-new 2013 Avalon, Toyota will offer a pair of unique livery models to meet the needs of fleet operators. The new fleet-focused models will also mark the introduction of the first Avalon Hybrid that promises to help reduce livery operator’s fuel costs.

The livery and chauffeured transportation market is another area of opportunity for the new 2013 Avalon. There are more than 12,000 livery operators nationwide with an average fleet size ranging from 12 to 18 vehicles. Sedan sales to these companies typically range between four and six thousand a year. On average, livery operators keep their cars in service for about five years, driving between 40 and 50 thousand miles a year.

Until recently, the market was dominated by the Lincoln Town Car, which accounted for roughly 80 percent of livery sedan sales. With that car discontinued, livery fleets are looking for alternatives, including Lincoln MKT, Cadillac XTS and Chrysler 300. The new Avalon, with its mix of styling, comfort, performance, and hybrid fuel economy can offer a compelling sedan to livery operators.

The V6 version of the Avalon livery model starts with an XLE grade and adds rear HVAC, heated rear seats and deletes the heated front seats. The gasoline model relies on a 3.5-liter, DOHC, 268 horsepower V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission to help it achieve a combined EPA-rated fuel economy of 25 mpg (21 city/31 hwy). Other standard features include; 10 airbags, 8-speaker Display Audio system, Smart Key for the two front doors, leather seating surfaces, heated outside mirrors with turn signal, 17-inch alloy wheels and a black on black treatment for the exterior and interior. This livery vehicle package is available with a $31,360 MSRP.

The 2013 Avalon Hybrid utilizes a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle, four-cylinder engine with an electronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) that houses electric motors powered by a Nickel-Metal hydride battery to produce a total system output of 200 horsepower. This efficient fleet model is EPA-rated at 40-MPG combined (40 city/ 39 hwy). The base Avalon Hybrid livery model adds rear HVAC, rear seat heater, and two-door smart key to the Hybrid XLE Premium grade.

Equipment deleted from this XLE Premium for the livery model includes three-door Smart Key, back-up camera, moonroof, heated front seats, and the inside mirror that includes a garage door opener.

Mileage will be a key advantage for Avalon. Based on current gas prices and driving 50,000 miles a year, the gas and hybrid livery editions could deliver substantial fuel cost savings. The 2013 Avalon Livery models go on sale at the beginning of December, 2012.

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