Sca­nia and Irizar have de­liv­ered a new i6 coach to Sid Fogg’s Coaches that will trans­port the New­cas­tle Jets A-League team

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Sca­nia and Irizar have de­liv­ered a new i6 coach to NSW op­er­a­tor Sid Fogg’s Coaches that will trans­port the New­cas­tle Jets Hyundai A-League soc­cer team in 2017.

The New­cas­tle Jets’ new coach is one of three Sca­nia-pow­ered IRIZAR i6s to be de­liv­ered to Sid Fogg’s in the first few months of 2017. Al­ready de­liv­ered is a K310 school, char­ter and cor­po­rate 13.5m coach, while a 14.5m steer­able tag-axle 64-seater will fol­low next month.

Sid Fogg’s Coaches has been pro­vid­ing trans­port ser­vices to the Hunter Val­ley, New­cas­tle and the Cen­tral Coast, for more than 60 years. Gra­ham Hab­good, who has owned Sid Fogg’s Coaches in part­ner­ship with his wife Kathy for al­most 30 years, says he is proud of his new coach and their as­so­ci­a­tion with the A-League.

“We have two pro­fes­sional foot­ball teams in the city and we sup­port both of them,” he says. “We’re proud to have had a Knights coach for many years, and now we have a Jets coach.

“When Wayne Ben­nett was coach­ing the Knights we took the Knights’ coach to Mel­bourne for a semi-fi­nal game so that when the play­ers trans­ferred from their Mel­bourne city ho­tel to the ground they were able to travel on their own ve­hi­cle with their brand­ing on it, and they won the game!

“This made a big state­ment in Mel­bourne; ev­ery­one knew the New­cas­tle Knights were in town. We feel that this new coach for the Jets will also be a sym­bol of pride for the peo­ple of the city, they have wanted a suit­able flag­ship trans­port for some while and now they have it.”

The Jets’ coach is built on a Sca­nia K400 IB 6x2*4 chas­sis mean­ing it has a steer­able tag axle, shod with su­per sin­gle tyres, al­low­ing greater ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity in tight city streets.

The Euro 5, 13-litre, 6-cylin­der

“We have two pro­fes­sional foot­ball teams in the city and we sup­port both of them”

en­gine drives through a Sca­nia Op­ti­cruise au­to­mated gearchange and per­for­mance can be reined in us­ing the Sca­nia re­tarder. In ad­di­tion, the op­er­a­tor opted for elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled disc brakes all round.

The Irizar i6 body of­fers 54 belted and re­clin­ing seats and there is a bath­room at the rear of the sa­loon along with a hot wa­ter ser­vice and an on-board re­frig­er­a­tor.

The new Jets coach is the first of its kind ser­vic­ing the A-League, al­though iden­ti­cal coaches are used by the top soc­cer teams in Europe and South Amer­ica. The Sca­nia pow­er­train was built in Swe­den and sent to Brazil where the Sca­nia fac­tory in­stalled it into their lo­cally as­sem­bled chas­sis. The rolling chas­sis was then de­liv­ered to Irizar for the i6 body to be fit­ted. The com­pleted ve­hi­cle was shipped to Aus­tralia and un­der­went pre-de­liv­ery in­spec­tion at Sca­nia in New­cas­tle, be­fore hav­ing its Jets and Sid Fogg’s liv­ery ap­plied by the Trick Group.

New­cas­tle Jets chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Lawrie McKinna says since the Jets coach ar­rived it has been pressed into ser­vice ev­ery day in­clud­ing trans­port­ing vis­it­ing foot­ball teams from China.

“We will be util­is­ing this coach for as many trips as pos­si­ble, how­ever the first team to ride in it will be Liaon­ing Whowin FC from the Chi­nese Su­per League who are vis­it­ing,” he says.

“We have had good sup­port from Sca­nia over the years and we have our newer coaches on the Sca­nia Pin­na­cle Main­te­nance and Re­pair Con­tract. The ben­e­fit is there are no sur­prises when the ve­hi­cles re­turn from be­ing ser­viced by Sca­nia.”

Mean­while, the same op­er­a­tor is wait­ing on the de­liv­ery of its third new Sca­nia, the 14.5m K400 EB 6x2*4 IRIZAR with 64 seats, that will be used for school, char­ter, tour and cor­po­rate work in the New­cas­tle re­gion.

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