21 VDL FUTURAS FOR FRENCH LONG DISTANCE BUS LINES
The liberalization of French long distance transport offers new opportunities for VDL Bus & Coach. At the end of 2015 10 Futuras were delivered to French passenger transport companies that provide service on the Starshipper long distance lines. In the first four months of 2016 VDL Bus & Coach is delivering an additional 11 Futuras for use on the Starshipper lines. All the coaches are branded in the Starshipper
house style colours.
The 21 VDL coaches currently or soon to be in service for Starshipper are of the type Futura FHD2-129/440. At the end of 2015 VDL Bus & Coach delivered three Futuras to Le Groupe ASTT (Aquitaine Service Transport Tourism), two to Autocars Jollivet and five more for companies Cars de l’Élorn, Autocars Le Meur, Autocars Le Roux, L’Été Évasion and Autocars Jézéquel. These ten Futuras with a length of 12.9 metres have a 48+1+1 seating plan and are luxuriously appointed with features that include very comfortable seats, Wi-Fi, 220 volt socket at all seats, a defibrillator and/or a wheelchair lift. By the end of April 2016 eleven more deluxe Futuras will have been shipped to various customers, including two for Autocars Nombalais, one for Autocars Jollivet and one for Hervé.
VDL also welcomes 6 new customers, which will receive one Futura each. These six vehicles are going to Autocars Rouillard, Farouault, Bellier, Robert, Bihan and Cars des Abers. The 21st Futura will be delivered to Pullman D'Aquitaine in April.
Starshipper is one of the five players involved in the opening-up of the market for long-distance coaches. The marque is operated by independent SMEs active in passenger transport in France.