Platinum class Irizar i8 Integral keeps wheels turning for Ferris Holidays
Ferris Holidays Ltd has taken delivery of a new Irizar i8 Integral tri-axle coach, primarily for use on its Platinum service to Spanish resorts.
The coach is the first new Irizar to join the Ferris fleet, and was chosen after director Lisa Ferris-Edwards saw the i8 Integral on the manufacturer’s stand at last year’s Coach and Bus UK show.
“I loved the look of the coach straight away, and my initial interest was followed up by a firm order after a visit from Irizar (UK)’s Julie Hartley: in the meantime we have taken delivery of a second-hand Irizar i4 Integral, for use on schools contracts,” she recounts.
Ferris Holidays has run a holiday programme on Spain’s Costa Brava since the early 1980s. It also has a private-hire operation. In more recent years, it has expanded its holiday programme to include Disneyland Paris and UK short breaks.
“The Irizar has joined our holiday fleet, and offers customers Platinum-class travel. Platinum is a brand within a brand for us, and gives passengers increased leg room and better seating,” Lisa Ferris-Edwards explains.
“We normally run double-deckers on the Platinum service, but the i8 answered our requirement for a spacious single-decker at Platinum standards,” she adds.
The 14.07-metre i8 Integral has just 52 seats, with leather armrests and multi-position footrests: well-spaced, comfortable seating being a key part of the Platinum offering. There are three-point seatbelts throughout, and the seats also incorporate USB charging points, tables and magazine nets.
Other amenities include a coffee machine, two-screen Bosch video and a centre toilet. The Platinum branding is enhanced by black-tinted windows.
Drivers benefit from a bunk with internal access.
A top-of-the-range powertrain has been specified to handle the long journeys down to Spain: DAF’s MX-13 375 engine with an output of 510 hp drives through a ZF AS-Tronic automated manual transmission.
“Much of our fleet has the DAF – ZF driveline and we are very confident in it,” Lisa Ferris-Edwards says.
Like the rest of the Ferris Holidays fleet, the new i8 integral will be maintained in-house. It is expected to cover up to 200,000 km a year on the Spanish service and will be on the fleet for five years.