Double-deck treat in store for passengers
Bigger and better long-haul buses can be expected through Palmerston North this year. ManaBus.com, part of the InMotion Group, and operators since May last year of NakedBus.com, have embarked on a $10.5 million fleet upgrade.
CEO Sheryll Otway says with 15 new buses hitting the road over the next 12 months, 13 of them long-haul double-deckers, the bar for travellers on routes connecting Palmerston North with the rest of the country, is about to be raised.
Manufactured in New Zealand by Tauranga’s Kiwi Bus Builders, the new wheelchair-friendly double-deckers take 65 passengers and have new layouts featuring scenic top deck seating, with additional tables for passenger convenience and comfort. Reclining seats have power and USB outlets, while free wi-fi, and on-board toilets are also standard.
The first of the new vehicles, which meet EURO 5 emission standards, will be launched tomorrow on January 21.
Naked Bus is known for its gimmicky fare promotion that offers one $1 seat on every journey to encourage advance booking, a marketing ploy Sheryl says will continue, while there are no plans to increase average seat prices.
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