The company purchased four new Volvo coaches and two pre-owned vehicles, with a mix of Sunsundegui and Jonckheere bodywork options. The new vehicles were two B8R SC5s, a B11R SC7, a B11R JHV and two pre-owned B11R JHVs.
For many years Hannon has been a successful truck operator in Northern Ireland, with a fleet of more than 140 trucks operating from the UK, Republic of Ireland and The Netherlands. The company’s core business until now has been the transportation of flowers into the UK and Northern Ireland, combined with general haulage and refrigerated transport.
Hannon’s entry into the coach market has been bolstered by the acquisition of two long-standing Irish opertors. This has enabled Hannon to obtain quality staff with specific, skills and provide instant access to a wide customer base from which to build market share.
Aodh Hannon, Managing Director for Hannon Coach Hire, said: “Our previous experience with Volvo in the truck sector has been very positive. We have seen excellent reliability and customer support from them as well as from our local dealer Dennison Commercials Northern Ireland. Therefore, we had no hesitation selecting Volvo for these recent purchases as we continue to diversify our operations and move further into the coach business.”
Phil Hudson, Retail Bus and Coach Sales Manager for Volvo Bus commented: “We are very pleased Hannon has chosen to invest in this combination of new and pre-owned Volvo coaches and are confident they will be delighted with the performance, comfort and profitability these vehicles will bring. We are looking forward to working with Hannon again in the future.”
Part of Hannon Group, Hannon Coach Hire Limited provides services across the UK and Ireland from its bases in Aghalee and Dublin, primarily focusing on concerts, gigs, festivals and sporting events. The company has evolved from a small business back in the early 1990s to being the large international operator that it is today.