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Black Car: Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) Car Service

By Sean McCann
Black Car of Manhattan, KS

Black Car of Manhattan, Kansas is the first choice for travelers wanting an upscale, reliable Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) transfer under normal circumstances, however we’ve noticed an uptick in requests for airport car service during the current construction phase at Manhattan Regional Airport (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 or on-call airport shuttle) 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 (MHK) soon!

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How Chauffeured Transportation Saves Money

Chauffeured transportation can save the business traveler time and eliminate stress.

This article illustrates how Chauffeured transportation is not only more cost effective, but can make a business traveler more productive and relieve the stress associated with other forms of transportation such as self drive or rental car.

It was 7:00 a.m., the start of another day in Boston, when Mike Palermo stepped off his plane at Logan Airport and began looking for his rental car. Palermo was smiling as life was good. He was earning over $90,000 annually, had a healthy benefit package, stock options, and a menu of other perks. His compensation package was well into six figures.

The young executive’s only complaint was his company’s policy of not allowing him to rent chauffeured transportation on business trips because of cost and image factors. It was 7:20 a.m. After struggling to get his luggage into the car rental courtesy van, Palermo was on his way to a location near the airport where he would pick up his vehicle.  Now 7:48 a.m., the mid-sized car is delivered. With map in hand, Palermo is headed downtown to New England’s largest bank for a major presentation at 9:00 a.m. It’s 8:12 a.m. and signs for the new Ted Williams Tunnel indicate that only police, commercial vehicles and livery vehicles are permitted access.

Palermo is diverted to the Callahan Tunnel where a delay is immediately evident. With 48 minutes until meeting time, Palermo is concerned, but not panicked.  Now 8:40 a.m., Palermo exits the tunnel, but does not see the small sign for downtown Boston and misses the turnoff. The young executive finds himself on an obscure street on the north end of town.  It’s 9:05 a.m. After a quick call on his cell phone to apologize, Palermo looks for a parking spot.  At 9:20 a.m., the embarrassed executive greets the bank president and attempts to focus on the important meeting ahead.
An unusual event? Hardly. The Runzeimer Reports on Travel Management examined, “The Value of Executive Time” in a company report and estimates that the simple act of renting a car for one day requires the following time:

1) 30 minutes to rent the car.
2) 90 minutes to locate addresses, get directions, arrive at the destination and park.
3) 30 minutes to return the rental car.

Compare the above to the chauffeured sedan waiting at the airport for the busy executive. Palermo exits his plane at Logan, hands his suitcase to the driver and is out of the airport in 15 minutes. Instead of worrying about getting the rental car and navigating through an unfamiliar city, he focuses on the final preparation before the meeting.  The professional chauffeur knows all the best routes.  A visitor must stick to the one route provided by the rental car company.

Further, instead of loading the rental car with luggage, returning it to the office, and being transported by a courtesy van, the chauffeured passenger has his vehicle loaded for him and is then dropped off at the terminal.

The business traveler saves a tremendous amount of time and is not subjected to any stress.  Is a taxi a viable option for the executive hurrying to make an appointment? According to Charles Clemmons, president of First Choice Limousine in Boston, a taxi driver provides a different level of service than a professional chauffeur.

“A taxicab driver has no incentive to get you to your destination as quickly as possible,” says Clemons.  “He is paid for clicks on the meter. If he uses every short cut, he may reduce a $30 ride into a $20 ride.  He loses on the fare and the trip. My driver wants to get you there quickly and safely because he knows his job is to get you to your destination as quickly as possible. He is not rewarded for extending the trip.”

Charles Dwyer, Ph.D. and professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, travels over 150,000 miles every year. He believes much of the thought process that goes into selecting a chauffeured vehicle over a rental car is psychological.

“The entire focus of a business trip is different when I know I have a chauffeured car waiting for me,” he says.  “My comfort level and my overall outlook on the day are entirely different. I can focus on why I made the trip, whether I have a speech or a meeting, etc. I can get in the back of the car and either work or relax. Renting a car and finding my way out of the airport and to my meeting really produces tension and anxiety.”

According to Dwyer, there are hidden costs when estimating the expense of a rental car. “It costs to park your vehicle at the hotel,” he says. “I have stayed in luxury hotels where this can be $20 per day. You have to factor in the extra insurance costs, as well as the re-fueling charge. I have paid as much as $3.60 for a gallon of gas. A quote from a rental car company never resembles its final bill.”

The country’s largest chauffeured transportation company had been using this cost justification tool for the past several years. The impetus for selling the service in this manner came from the passengers.

“The executive will use these figures to justify to his company’s controller that hiring our services will save money,”  “All it takes is a little numbers crunching. The bottom line is that chauffeured transportation saves money.”

THE NUMBERS BRING IT ALL INTO FOCUS

An executive earning $100,000 per year costs his company about $93.21 per hour (including salary, benefits and overhead). If the executive is renting a vehicle, he will waste three and one half hours executing rental car activities, such as renting the car itself, located addresses, getting directions, arriving at the destination, parking, and returning the vehicle.
Additionally, you have the actual cost of the rental car.  After all is said and done, almost $450 is spent by the executive’s company on ground transportation.
The executive could have had six hours of chauffeured sedan service for $340 or less. At the same time, the executive could have been working in the back of the vehicle, rather than driving.
An executive earning $75,000 per year can also save his company money by hiring chauffeured transportation. This executive makes about $70 hour. If he were to rent a car, his company would still spend about $360. While the savings is less, the executive will still be that much more productive. The following figures illustrate how cost intensive renting a vehicle can be for a company can be for a company:

Executive’s Salary: $100,000
Executive’s Hourly Salary: $93.21
Daily Car Rental Rate: (with a Town Car from Hertz at DIA) $110.00
30 Minutes of Executive’s Time to Rent Car: $46.81
90 Minutes of Executive’s Time to Locate Destination: $140.43
Parking: $8.00
60 Minutes of Executive’s Time to Drive to Airport: $93.21
30 Minutes of Executive’s Time to Return Car: $46.81
Total Cost of Car Rental: $442.26

For your next Manhattan, Kansas to/from Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) transfer contact Black Car at 785-410-8483.

 

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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 of Manhattan, Kansas 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, Kansas!

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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New Airport Shuttle Flat Rates

Once again, Black Car of Manhattan, Kansas 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, Kansas 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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