Sam’s Limousine and Transportation Inc. is expanding its fleet with 30 new MCI J4500 coaches.
With this order, the Houston-based company will expand its motorcoach fleet to a total of 100 vehicles, including 70 coaches, plus limousines, black town cars, and shuttle and mini buses, allowing Sam’s Limousine to meet increased demand for charter services throughout Texas.
The MCI J4500 coach is known for its reliability, curb appeal and luxurious, spacious interior with best-in-class legroom. The new interiors are tailored to Sam’s Limousine specifications and include leather-trimmed seating, tray tables and cup holders, and programmable multicolor interior lighting.
The luxury coaches also will be equipped with MCI’s latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, which include collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control, along with 360 degree exterior cameras to help drivers prevent road incidents and a Cummins clean-diesel engine that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, 15 of the new coaches will feature wheelchair lifts to ensure accessibility and a comfortable riding experience for passengers with mobility devices.
“There is a hunger for group travel,” said Omar Ghandour, Founder and CEO of Sam’s Limousine. “Schools and sports teams are back traveling, and workers are returning to offices and job sites.”
Commitment to quality
Ghandour recalls that when the COVID-19 pandemic brought transportation to a standstill, Sam’s Limousine team members kept in touch with customers, rescheduling bookings and accommodating businesses that needed to transport essential workers.
“We kept communicating with our clients,” said Ghandour. “We stand behind them. We have invested in new coaches on their behalf, delivering on a commitment to provide the absolute best.”
An MCI leader says his company appreciates its relationship with Sam’s Limousine. “In the past 10 years, MCI has delivered 74 MCI J4500 coaches, including this contract,” said Brent Maitland, Private Sales and Marketing Vice President for MCI. “We believe that the foundation of any successful customer relationship is built on trust, exceptional service and support; our team, including our local service center in Dallas, has done a tremendous job.
“Our commitment to our customers is unwavering, and we strive every day to earn and maintain their trust,” Maitland continued. “At MCI, we understand that it takes more than just providing a product. Parts, service, support and training are the keys to building a lasting relationship.”
A Texas leader
Sam’s Limousine was founded in 1980 as a luxury limousine service in the Sugar Land and Houston areas. In 2004, Omar Ghandour acquired Sam’s Limousine; in 2010, it established a division dedicated to charters. Today, the company has a modern office building and service center on several acres at 9102 West Park Drive in Houston, which houses many of its vehicles. Sam’s Limousine plans to open a Dallas branch in June.
“The size and scope of our vehicle variety differentiate us as an A-to-Z operator,” Ghandour said. “We can handle all types of ground transportation needs.” Those factors led Sam’s Limousine to its position as one of the largest charter operators in Texas and one of the top 50 in the nation.
With nearly 200 employees, including drivers who are trained quarterly in safety practices, Ghandour attributes the company’s growth to his team, quality equipment and a personal passion for the industry.
“Since I was a boy, I admired bus drivers and wanted to own this type of business,” he said. “I care about vehicles, appreciate our customers, and have a good team in place. I like everything there is about transportation.”