Limousine Charter & Tour

December 2016

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LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR DECEMBER 2016 19 Limo Scene CHARTER, TOUR & MOTORCOACHES LIMOSCENE IS COMPILED by LCT editor Martin Romjue. Please send information and photos to For up- dated industry news, check out LCT E-News blasted out each Wednesday and Friday. Register at MCI SUPPLIES LUXURY COACHES TO LARGE BUS OPERATIONS DES PLAINES, IL — MCI recently delivered the following motorcoaches to charter and tour operations, as announced in press releases in October: • Fourteen J4500 coaches to Cline Tours of Ridgeland, MS, which has bought 200 MCI coaches over the last 14 years. Cline's 120-motor coach fleet, exclusively comprised of MCI J4500s, are model year 2012 or newer. Cline also raises the bar in riding comfort by adding optional amenities such as power outlets, satellite TV and Wi-Fi on their new MCI J4500s. Standard safety features on the latest MCI J4500 coaches include three-point passenger seatbelts, electronic stability control, and a Bendix braking system for car-like control. Advances in clean diesel engine technology pro- vide lower emissions and excellent fuel economy. Cline uses XRS electronic logging devices on all its coaches to track fuel usage and fleet performance in real time. "Because MCI has been just great to work with since we bought our first to this 200th J4500, I can't imagine another model or manufacturer coming close. So I don't try. I am happy," said John McCommon, who acquired Cline and its single MCI coach in 1996. "From parts supply to training, MCI's got it covered for us. Wherever we are, or whatever we need, MCI is there waiting on us." • Three new MCI J4500 coaches with another three on the way for Lamers motorcoach company of Green Bay, WI. With 39 locations throughout Wisconsin, one in Florida, and two in Michigan running a fleet of 120 motorcoaches, Lamers is the only member of the Motorcoach Top 50 based in the Badger State. Lamers offers intercity connections statewide and excursions and escorted tours throughout the continental U.S., Canada, and the world. "MCI has done a nice job with passenger comfort and we especially like how they honed in on corrosion control," said Allen Lamers, President of Lamers, referring to features inside and outside the coach. Northern Wisconsin winters can be brutal and the MCI J4500 is built with thick, corro- sion-resistant stainless structural tubing, the hallmark of MCI durability. Each vehicle also carries durable, chip-resistant RIM (resin injection molded) bumpers and more robust, replaceable bumper outers. Standard features on the MCI J4500 coaches include electronic stability program, a ZF independent suspension, smooth-stopping Bendix ADB22X brakes, and best-in-class parcel rack capacity. Lamers added chrome mirrors, the op- tional Wingman advanced collision mitigation system, styl- ishly sleek Kiel seating for 56 passengers, an REI enhanced A/V system with HD monitors, and 110-volt power outlets with USB port at every seat and Wi-Fi. • One J4500 coach to Karst Stage of Bozeman, MT, which began as an actual stagecoach company in 1898 and now consists of a 71-vehicle fleet including 20 coaches serving the Western US and Canada with airport shuttles, charters and tours. Karst's new J4500 was featured at UMA EXPO 2016. The upscale interior highlights Amaya A-2 Ten seating with Bustextil fabric, burl-wood parcel rack doors and panels, and wood-like flooring. A rugged ZF IFS (independent front suspension) offers tighter turning, and standard passive rear steering reduces tire wear. MCI's optional severe duty pack- age provides benefits when traveling on gravel roads and dusty environments with features that include supplemental engine air filter, cabin fresh-air filtration system, mud flaps for drive and front axles, pressurized baggage compart- ments, and factory installed tire chains. "We operate in a remote area, yet serve an upscale clientele who come to tour Yellowstone in the summer and ski Big Sky in the winter," said Dan Martin, Karst's president who joined Karst in 2005 and became an owner in 2012. "We wanted something different, and this J4500 comes with all the bells and whistles."

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