Van Hool delivers 50 extra coaches to Poland

Van Hool, independent manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles, has concluded a contract with Souter Holdings Poland for the delivery of 50 new intercity coaches as part of the expansion of the PolskiBus.com network. PolskiBus.com provides an inter-city transportation network in Poland, Central and Eastern Europe, allowing users to travel throughout the region in a quick and comfortable way, at a very low price. This is the second contract for Van Hool with Souter Holdings Poland : Earlier this year,already18 Altano coaches have been delivered. The first deliveries of the new contract are sheduled for November this year. By June 2012, all new vehicles will be in operation in the PolskiBus.com network, which will also significantly expand. Van Hool announced this important order at Busworld 2011 (Kortrijk), the biennial professional trade fair for all the latest developments wrt. buses and coaches.

The success of PolskiBus.com, newly launched in June this year, is evident: during the first four months more than 175,000 passengers used the network. The existing fleet of 18 buses will be extended to 68 vehicles, all of them meeting the latest Euro 5 emissions standards. The 50 new coaches offer passengers free Wi-Fi access, air-conditioning, easy access for wheelchair users, toilet, comfortable leather seats with three point belts and fitted with 240-volt charging points for laptops and mobile phones.

This important order for Van Hool comprises 30 Altano coaches and 20 Astromega coaches. The vehicles will be built in the Van Hool plant in Koningshooikt, Belgium.

Sir Brian Souter, Chairman Souter Holding Poland was delighted with the success of PolskiBus.com: "This significant investment allows us to expand the existing network of PolskiBus.com connecting four European capitals: Berlin, Bratislava, Prague and Vienna with other Polish cities. "

"We are pleased that we can contribute to the phenomenal success of PolskiBus.com and it confirms our excellent relationship with Souter Holding Poland." says Filip Van Hool, Executive Director of Van Hool. "Our products are designed so that we have great flexibility to meet the special needs of our customers. The fact that PolskiBus.com choose us is a clear proof. Our commitment to PolskiBus.com goes beyond the delivery of 50 new coaches: we work together with the local TB Group, which will be responsible for regular maintenance of the vehicles. "

Van Hool is a Belgian independent manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles. The company, founded in 1947, is based in Koningshooikt (Belgium). The major part of the production is destined for Europe and America. Van Hool has over 4,000 employees worldwide, with most of them obviously at the production plants in Koningshooikt and Bree.