Lantillian GX1 Short Hauler
Max Space Speed
85 metric tons
Background and History
Originally designed by Lantillian ShipWrights as an affordable yet luxurious pleasure craft, the GX1 has remained a staple of the spacelanes despite an ever-shifting market. Lead engineer Shil Tervo first envisioned the vessel as an entry-level yacht aimed at retirees. The GX1 struggled in this niche, prompting the manufacturer to rebrand the vessel as a general transport. This ship most notably competed with CEC's Consular-class cruiser for use by the Republic's diplomatic services. Much like the Consular, many GX1s from converted from diplomatic envoys to military transports as a stopgap in the early days of the Clone Wars.
With the defeat of the Separatists and rise of the Empire, an expanding Imperial Navy had little need for GX1s. Most were quickly sold through the galaxy's auction houses, primarily to spaceliner companies and freelance cargo shippers. GX1s' solid engineering and reliability mean they are easily converted into excellent short haulers by removing most of the guest rooms to make way for more cargo holds or economy passenger compartments - the latter known as a "starbus" configuration. Although these converted GX1s are by no means as comfortable as the original pleasure craft, thousands of travelers and traders rely on these cheap interstellar transports each day.
Taking advantage of the GX1's customizability and reputation as a civilian vessel, some of these haulers have been converted into medical life flight transports. Designed to ferry patients coreward from remote treatment centers for more sophisticated hospitals, these haulers are far more affordable to local governments than larger medical frigates.