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HOLLYWOOD Limousine, the company that provides the only on-demand limo pickup from Winnipeg's Richardson International Airport, announced a new high-tech addition to its fleet Wednesday.

The company will now pick up customers in one of its custom-made 2014 Lincoln MKTs. The car was chosen in order to provide identical service to every customer, said Ricky Brar, president of Hollywood Limousine.

The MTKs will differ slightly from the standard version because they've modified for the company's purposes, Brar said.

"Compared to a regular Lincoln MKT, there's three extra inches of legroom, there's extra trunk space because there's no third row seating," he said.

The new Lincolns will also come with Wi-Fi and a tablet customers can use to check their email, read pre-loaded magazines and newspapers, or watch live TV, among other things.

Hollywood Limousine became the airport's single on-demand limo provider in April after complaints about dirty limousines and inconsistent service in regard to other companies.

The cost of being transported in one of the new Lincolns will be the same as before, Brar said. The company operates on zones, meaning different destinations have different prices attached to them. A trip downtown from the airport, for example, costs around $32.

Brar said switching to the new cars was important for him as well as the company. "It's a big deal for our company... it puts us on the same scale as all the other cities. We've got so much going on in our city right now. This just puts us up there," he said.

oliver.sachgau@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 15, 2013 B7

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