BELGIUM Belgian coach operator Voyages Léonard is introducing 17 new Setra TopClass touring coaches to its fleet. The coaches form part of an order for a total of 32 new vehicles through Sales-Lentz Group for Daimler branded vehicles. Luxembourg’s largest bus company became the Belgian tour operator’s new owner in January 2011.
“We are proud to have been granted an opportunity to support this highly significant co-operation for the region of Luxembourg and Belgium with our vehicles,” said Setra’s Lothar Holder when the first 10 coaches were handed over at the Setra customer centre in Neu-Ulm. “This handover also highlights the true partnership and close collaboration which have existed between our brand and Voyages Léonard for over 40 years now.”
At the handover ceremony, which was also attended by a large group of employees, tour guides and customers who had travelled to Neu-Ulm to witness the event, the two managers, Daniel and Pascal Léonard, took receipt of five S 431 DT double-decker coaches as well as the firm’s first high-deck coaches from the current Setra TopClass generation, namely four S 416 HDH coaches and one S 415 HD. With features such as glass roofs and multi-channel sound systems, the HD and HDH coaches are built to very high specification. A further seven vehicles are to be delivered in the course of this year.
Founded in 1946, the operator is now run by the family’s third generation and operates a 30-strong fleet consisting exclusively of Setra coaches.