The Killkenny based tour operator has specified four Volvo integral B11R 9700s and two B11Rs with Jonckheere bodywork to complement their expanding fleet.
Bernard Kavanagh, co-owner of Bernard Kavanagh & Sons, explained: “These Volvo coaches are an addition to our existing fleet of 60 which is currently more than 50% Volvo.
“We have been dealing with Volvo for many years and in doing so have built a strong relationship with the company which was key in influencing the decision to select Volvo coaches again.
“The Volvo B11R chassis provides us with excellent fuel economy, which is an important consideration for any coach operator, and along with the reliability based on our previous experience with Volvo vehicles we were happy to specify these six vehicles in one go.
“With Volvo Bus you get the complete package. They are responsive and you have the reassurance of their dealer network.
“Working with our Volvo Retail Bus & Coach Sales Manager, Dave Porter, meant the whole process was as professional as ever from order through to delivery. In addition, we also know that we will get the aftersales service we require from our local Volvo dealership, Irish Commercials.”
Dave Porter added: “The Volvo B11R chassis is very well known for its quality and technical specification for operators as well as providing the high standard of service and comfort expected by today’s coach traveller. We are delighted that Bernard Kavanagh chose Volvo again for their busy fleet.
“Volvo has a longstanding relationship with Bernard and his team which made for a smooth and speedy process and we look forward to working with them again in the near future.
“The order includes four Volvo integral B11R 9700 vehicles, two of which are 12.3m and the other two 13m in length with a tri-axle arrangement. The two B11R Jonckheere coaches were specially fitted with side mounted passenger lifts to comply with the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) and offer more flexibility when travelling with passengers using wheelchairs.”
In operation since 1945, Bernard Kavangh & Sons Ltd is Ireland’s largest private coach tour opertator and runs the fleet from Urlingford, providing luxury modern coaches for touring work and international contracts.
26 September 2016
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One of the Volvo integral B11R 9700s delivered to Bernard Kavanagh & Sons. The company has ordered a total of six new B11R coaches, four integral 9700s and two with Jonckheere bodywork.
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