Two new Irizar i8 Integrals to lead Johnsons’ Luxury Traveller programme
Acclaimed Warwickshire operator Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel is to invest in two magnificent Irizar i8 Integrals as flagships of its premium quality holiday and excursion offering.
The 14.07-metre, 43-seat tri-axles will serve Johnsons’ own Luxury Traveller programme, which includes stays at four-star hotels, special lunches and other extras.
Director John Johnson said: “We have had a Luxury Traveller programme in our brochures for some years now, and while it sells very well the coaches provided have, up to now, only ever been the same coaches as those allocated to all our other Own Product tours, which are 49-seat, 13-metre extra-legroom coaches.
“These two new coaches are the flagships for the enhancement of the Luxury Traveller brand for 2020. We looked at other premium level coaches, but the Irizar i8 Integral stood out as being the best for looks, specification, build flexibility, product quality and aftersales backup. We like the Integral design.
“The i8 Integrals will operate almost exclusively on our Luxury Traveller holidays, short breaks, shows and excursions.”
Johnsons’ i8 Integrals will be finished in an exclusive new livery designed by Ray Stenning, well-known for his work in building exclusive brand identities for coach and bus companies, complimented by black-tint windows.
Mr Johnson said: “We liked the ease with which Irizar could provide a coach with just 43 seats that have consistent ‘first class’ legroom and calf supports.”
Other passenger amenities include a centre toilet with electric hand dryer, Bosch Professional Line audio and twin monitor Actia DVD player. The seating is equipped with a lateral displacement system, magazine-holders, leg-supports, USB charging, and aircraft-style tables.
Built-in vacuum cleaners will help to maintain the coaches in immaculate condition on tour, while leather steering wheels provide a touch of luxury for the drivers.
Both coaches feature powerful DAF MX-13 355 483 hp engines, driving sophisticated ZF Traxon automated manual gearboxes.
Safety features include road and reversing cameras, and active cruise-control.
Mr Johnson said: “We have had good service from Irizar UK and our confidence in the product was further enhanced when we visited the factory in Spain. We were very impressed with the set up there, especially with their focus on quality and their longer term clear commitment for the future.”
Johnsons’ technician team will maintain the coaches in-house.
“The i8 Integrals will operate as flagships on our Luxury Traveller programmes for three years,” Mr Johnson explained. “Our purchase includes extra seats and PSUs supplied on delivery for upseating to 57 seats when this time comes to an end.”