Taking coach travel to a whole new level is a way of life for Matthews Coaches, based in County Monaghan, Ireland, and they have raised the stakes again by introducing the first double deck Plaxton Panorama to the borders region of the country.
By anyone’s standards this is a truly remarkable family business. Launched in l995 by husband and wife team Paddy and Mary Matthews, it now has no less than 10 first, second and third generation family members in the company, ensuring collectively that the wheels keep turning and the Matthews brand stays at the forefront of the transport sector.
The latest addition to their 50-strong fleet is a 90-seat 10.8 litre, 400hp Euro6 B11R with I-Shift transmission. It has air conditioning throughout, extended seats, all-age safety belts, USB charging points, WiFi, sophisticated audio and PA technology, driver support systems, alloy wheels, CCTV and reversing cameras.
Transport Manager Noel Matthews said: “We handle 6,000 passenger journeys a day, representing over two million per year, so capacity is an important factor in terms of maximizing vehicle performance and commercial efficiency. With 67 and 23 seats on the upper and lower decks, respectively, our new Panorama is almost the equivalent of running two vehicles, so it is fairly obvious that there are real
“We are delighted with our high capacity, luxury coach and it has gone straight into service on the route we operate daily between Dundalk and Dublin.”
In the meantime, Matthews has also taken delivery of two 12.8m 61-seat Plaxton Panthers. Noel commented: “Over the past 10 years we have introduced around six Plaxton coaches per year. They are stylish, deliver exactly what they promise and are well supported. What more can you ask for These latest Panthers will join our tour operations.”