Johnny Kerr, Operations Manager for Matthews Coach Hire, explained: “We have always had a great experience with Volvo in the past and have heard some really positive things about the 9700 from other operators.
“We pride ourselves on offering all of our passengers a comfortable, safe journey whether it is long or short haul. The 9700 is a stylish and aesthetically pleasing coach that provides our passengers with exceptional ride quality and peace of mind.
“Our Retail Sales Manager, David Porter, was great throughout the entire process, he understands our business needs and was extremely knowledgeable with the specification for this fleet addition.”
The B11R 9700 with its Euro 6 engine offers excellent fuel economy with savings of up to 10 per cent compared with Euro 5. The coach has a passenger capacity of 57 or 59 and comes with an onboard toilet as standard.
David Porter added: “The 9700 ensures an excellent driving and passenger experience. The vehicle is particularly popular with Irish operators due to the buoyant travel market. Its aesthetic appearance and smooth ride are very well received by discerning tourists It was a delight to be able to work with Matthews Coach Hire and help them find the perfect vehicle once more.”
Johnny Kerr continued: “We have previously been impressed by other body combinations sold by Volvo, however the integral 9700 offers quality and luxury like no other. Additionally, we know we have the support of our local bus dealership Irish Commercials in Naas and the entire Volvo service network.”
Matthews Coach Hire was established in 1995 and has since become one of Ireland’s largest fleets. The operator offers a range of services from school hire, sporting events, wedding transfers corporate hire and excursions around Ireland and the rest of the UK.