Aircoach invests in new Panthers

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Aircoach has taken delivery of 10 new Plaxton Panthers on Volvo B11R chassis for its daily shuttle services linking Cork with Dublin City and Dublin Airport.

Owned by FirstGroup, the Aircoach operation runs 36 departures every day – seven days a week and can complete the city centre to city centre trip in three hours. The operator said reduced journey times have seen impressive passenger growth of around 50% over the last 12 months.

Representing an investment of €3m, the new fleet is based on Euro 5 Volvo B11R chassis with Plaxton Panther 3 bodies. The specification of the vehicles includes wheelchair access, leather seating, on-board toilet facilities, CCTV, full air-conditioning and climate control. There are also plug and USB charging points at every seat and Aircoach offers free WiFi on all its coaches.

Aircoach said the new coaches were further good news for customers and underlined the company’s commitment and confidence in being able to attract more passengers to public transport by investing in its vehicles and providing innovative, high quality services.

Alan Kelly, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport attended the launch on Thursday (January 30). “Aircoach has been running in Ireland for over 14 years. This significant investment of €3m underlines the company’s commitment to delivering high standards in public transport today,” he said.

Allen Parker, Aircoach MD, said: “We are delighted to launch this fleet of new coaches. It shows our continued investment in Ireland and reflects our commitment to continue delivering high quality services aimed at attracting more customers to public transport. These fuel efficient, low emission state of the art vehicles will provide our customers with a first class comfortable service. ”

For more information about Aircoach, visit www.aircoach.ie