Matthews Coaches raises capacity with Plaxton Panorama01 April 2019

Irish operator Matthews Coaches has taken delivery of its first double-deck Plaxton Panorama, boosting capacity on a daily route between Dundalk and Dublin.

The latest addition to the County Monaghan-based operator’s 50-strong fleet is a 90-seater, 10.8 litre, 395hp Euro VI B11R with I-Shift transmission.

Features include air conditioning throughout, extended seats, all-age safety belts, USB charging points, WiFi, audio and PA technology, driver support systems, alloy wheels, CCTV and reversing cameras.

Transport manager Noel Matthews says: “We handle 6,000 passenger journeys a day, representing over two million per year, so capacity is an important factor in terms of maximising vehicle performance and commercial efficiency.

“With 67 and 23 seats on the upper and lower decks, respectively, our new Panorama is almost the equivalent of running two vehicles, so it is fairly obvious that there are real business advantages.

“We are delighted with our high capacity, luxury coach and it has gone straight into service,” he adds.

The company has also recently taken delivery of two 12.8m 61-seater Plaxton Panthers for its touring operation. Matthews says: “Over the past ten years we have introduced around six Plaxton coaches per year. They are stylish, deliver exactly what they promise and are well supported. What more can you ask for?”

Laura Cork

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