Irizar Integral tri-axles are just what A La Carte ordered

Irizar Integral tri-axles are just what A La Carte ordered

Three new Irizar i6S Integrals delivered to London’s A La Carte Travel Company in the last year have underpinned the up-market firm’s move into the full-size coach market.

A La Carte Travel specialises in corporate and up-market travel and tourism, and was started 20 years ago by managing director James Campbell using a single 16-seat minicoach.

When operations director Chris Shaw joined A La Carte in 2017, the emphasis of the company’s work shifted to serving the cruise-ship market with luxury full-size coaches. A La Carte initially ran two coaches with Irizar bodywork, before sampling the Integral product with an order for a single tri-axle i6S Integral last September. The first Integral has just been joined by two more Integrals of similar spec.

A La Carte’s first Integral is a 13.2-metre 53-seater, with a rear-mounted floor-level toilet. Passenger amenities include seat-tables and footrests, three-point belts, a drinks machine and USB charging points. Entertainment is provided by a Bosch audio system and two Actia video monitors, and the coach was supplied with wi-fi preparation.

Black-tint windows enhance its external appearance, and a spray-suppression system and vacuum-cleaner help to keep it clean inside and out.

The driveline consists of an advanced DAF MX-11 320 435 hp engine, which was the most powerful version of the economical 11-litre engine offered by DAF at the time, driving through a 12-speed ZF AS-tronic automated manual transmission.

Its success led to the recent acquisition of a pair of similar vehicles, although this time featuring the highly-acclaimed ZF Traxon automated manual transmission, and the powerful DAF MX-13 355 483 hp engine. All DAF engines in the A La Carte Fleet meet the latest Euro VI OBD C standard.

Chris Saw says: “Two factors have led us to Irizar Integrals: a very competitive price, and the appointment of City Circle in Hayes as Irizar’s service dealer for the Heathrow area. As we already base our coaches at City Circle’s Hayes premises, this is very convenient for us. Plus, the DAF engine is very much a proven product.

“We have worked with Irizar to get vehicles that are ideal for cruiseline work. For example, the tri-axle wheelplan means that large quantities of luggage can be carried without risk of overloading, and the rear-mounted toilet being at floor level makes things easier and safer for our, sometimes elderly, passengers.

“Irizar was able to provide us with coaches with a very conservative yet classy interior environment, enhancing the external black and silver livery.

“All our fleet is Euro VI, which means we can access city tourist destinations unhindered.”

Besides the cruise-ship work, A La Carte also works with incoming tourist parties, operates third-party tours and undertakes corporate transport.

The company plans to keep the Irizar Integrals for from three to five years.