Volvo soars to success as Aircoach vehicle of choice

Irish operator Aircoach has returned to Volvo for the fifth time in three years taking its majority Volvo fleet up to 39, with the latest delivery of seven B11R vehicles with Plaxton Panther bodywork.

Volvo soars to success as Aircoach vehicle of choice

Caption for photograph: left – right: Dave Porter (Volvo), Allen Parker (Aircoach), and Mark Ballam (Plaxton) at the handover of the seven new Volvo B11R Plaxton Panthers

Aircoach, a wholly owned subsidiary of FirstGroup plc, has added seven 53 seat, full executive vehicles to its fleet of more than 40. The new coaches are earmarked for its non-stop express service from Belfast to Dublin airport and Dublin city centre, operating 22 times per day.

Allen Parker, Managing Director of Aircoach, said: “We purchased our first B11R in 2014 and have since added a further 32 Volvo vehicles to our fleet, with this new order taking the total up to 39.

The vehicles are popular with our drivers, and the reliability we know we can expect from Volvo and Plaxton helps us provide a quality service to our customers.

“We have had a very good experience with our previous Volvo Plaxton Panthers, so when the time came to expand our fleet, we had no hesitation in repeating the order. The B11R also comes out on top when considering the highly efficient Euro V1 engine, which really has a positive impact on our fuel costs.

“In addition, we receive excellent support and advice from both Volvo and our Coach Sales Manager, David Porter, and from the team at Plaxton lead by Mark Ballam. They both understand our requirements and those of our passengers perfectly, and this has made the purchasing process seamless.”

David Porter added: “Aircoach is a longstanding customer and I have had the pleasure of working with them for a number of years. They also enjoy excellent aftermarket support and service from the Volvo Dealer network in Northern Ireland and Ireland, which was another reason they once again specified the Volvo Plaxton combination.

“Allen and his team provide an important service for their customers in Ireland, so it is good to know their fleet of Volvo Plaxton vehicles is helping them to continue to do just that.”

Mark Ballam, Commercial Manager Coach with Plaxton commented: “It’s a pleasure to keep supporting Aircoach’s success with yet another delivery of Plaxton Panther coaches built on reliable and fuel-efficient Volvo chassis.

“Aircoach’s choice of the Panther reflects the versatile nature of this model, which is equally at home on city-to-airport transfers in Dublin as it is on non-stop express services.”

Aircoach is Ireland's leading private bus and coach operator providing a range of high frequency, quality scheduled coach services connecting Dublin Airport with Dublin City Centre and its suburbs, as well as non-stop express services connecting Dublin Airport with both Cork and Belfast. Aircoach also operates all staff and car park shuttle bus services at Dublin Airport and provides private hire services.

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