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Flightline Group - Vegas 500 Air Tours Achieves Operational and Economic Milestones Operating the GA

Vegas 500 Air Tours, a premier Part 135 operator providing aerial tours over Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, has successfully transitioned the bulk of air tour operations to their recently purchased GA8 Airvan by GippsAero, a division of Mahindra Aerospace. Since Airvan operations began on March 26th, 2013, Vegas 500 has realized enhanced success benefitting from the low operating costs, robust useful load and the enhanced visibility the Airvan provides tour passengers. Touring customers of Vegas 500 Air Tours are accustomed to safe, comfortable flights with wide, unobstructed views, making the Airvan a perfect aircraft for the Vegas 500 fleet. Following an extensive competitive financial and performance analysis, Vegas 500 found that the Airvan could be operated with turbine capacity at piston operating costs. “We are pleased to welcome the GA8 to the Vegas 500 fleet,” said Richard Coe, president of Vegas 500 Air Tours. “The outstanding visibility of the Airvan caters to the high touring standard that we provide our customers with, making it the ideal addition to our prestigious aircraft lineup.” Jeremy Tolle, Chief Pilot adds “the Airvan is an outstanding tour platform. We routinely have 10,000 foot density altitude days and we can load the Airvan with 7 passengers and pilot and easily accomplish the mission.” To learn more about Vegas 500’s achievements with the Airvan, download their success story at: Initially purchased from the Flightline Group, authorized distributor in the Southeastern US, Vegas 500 is now supported by West Coast Aircraft Sales, a subsidiary of West Coast Aviation Services, authorized distributor of the Airvan in the western United States. The GA8 Airvan – Versatile. Rugged. Spacious. Affordable: The GA8 Airvan has been used extensively by utility operators worldwide and now brings its unmatched load carrying ability, reliability and durability to the American market. For more information about the GA8 Airvan by GippsAero, a division of Mahindra Aerospace, please visit About Vegas 500 Air Tours Vegas 500 Air Tours is the premier Grand Canyon and Las Vegas Strip air tour organization, offering a range of air-to-ground tour packages. Whether customers are in the mood for a relaxing night flight tour over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, or a full day of exploring the Grand Canyon in all its natural beauty, Vegas 500 Air Tours offers perfect package options that include incredible aerial views. Vegas 500 Air Tours flies ideal sightseeing planes with high wings to offer unobstructed views of the outstanding scenery experienced from the high vantage point during tours. Planes include the Cessna Caravan and new GA8 Airvan, which is equipped with comfortable seating throughout the craft to ensure maximum enjoyment throughout all tours. Vegas 500 also offers a true ‘VIP’ experience with its luxury Cessna Caravan; availability can be requested on Vegas 500’s dedicated reservations line. Vegas 500 Air Tours is located at 1420 Jet Stream Dr. Henderson, Nevada 89052. For more information or to book your reservation, visit, call (702) 631-0386 or email Keep up with Vegas 500 Air Tours on Twitter or Facebook.

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