Matthews Coaches, based in County Monaghan, Ireland, are introducing the first double-deck Plaxton Panorama to the border region of the country.
Launched in l995 by husband and wife team Paddy and Mary Matthews, the company has ten first, second and third generation family members involved.
The latest addition to the 50-strong fleet is a 90-seat 10.8-litre, 400hp B11R with I-Shift transmission. It has air-conditioning throughout, extended seats, all-age safety belts, USB charging points, wi-fi, driver support systems, alloy wheels, CCTV and reversing cameras.
“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,” says transport manager Noel. “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 on the route we operate daily between Dundalk and Dublin.”
Matthews has also taken delivery of two 12.8m 61-seat Plaxton Panthers. Matthews adds: “Over the past 10 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?”