Luxury Coach & Transportation

July 2018

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16 LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION JULY 2018 WWW.LCTMAG.COM LuxuryTransportation Scene MARKETPLACE: VENDORS & PRODUCTS LIMO & BUS SCENE IS COMPILED monthly by LCT editors Martin Romjue; and Lexi Tucker Email us your press releases and photos and we'll get them online and/or in print. 200+ COACH OPERATOR TAKES MEGA MCI DELIVERY WILKES BARRE, Penn. --- The Martz Group recently updated its 205-coach fleet with the delivery of 41 new MCI 2018 coaches: 23 MCI D4505s and 18 MCI J4500s. Martz Group not only provides tour and charter services; its growing commuter service offers 52 daily coach trips to New York City. Martz has ter- minals in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Mount Pocono, Delaware Water Gap, Phil- adelphia, and New York City. The company also operates in Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, and Florida. Its Washington, D.C. area service features hop-on-off transportation and scheduled shuttles to Dulles International Airport. Its brand port- folio includes Gold Line, Gray Line, National Coach Works, First Class Coach, and Martz Trailways. For its new 2018 mod- els, Martz ordered the programmable interior color lighting, Wi-Fi, and power outlets, the new rear window option, and comfortable seating for 60 on its new, expansive J4500 coaches. Today, 90% of Martz's fleet is MCI; the company also runs a smaller van and bus service. Altogether, Martz serves well over a million passengers annually and sees ridership increasing in part due to a new smartphone app that rings up passenger rewards points while eliminating costly and wasteful paper ticketing. Information: PREVOST WELCOMES ITS LARGEST MECHANICS AND TECHNICIANS TRAINING GROUP SAINTE CLAIRE, Que- bec — As they have since 2000, the Prevost field service department along with the team of regional customer support manag- ers hosted 55 mechanics and technicians from throughout North America for five days in March dur- ing the company's annual factory training in Quebec City. The turnout this year was the largest since Prevost founded the vital program 18 years ago. "Prevost has always taken a very direct, hands-on approach to mainte- nance training," said Robert Hitt, Prevost's director of aftermarket training in North America. "We relate directly with our customers' mechanics and technicians who do the work on our coaches back at their shops." The week of intense maintenance training enables participants to build further on their technical and diagnostic insight, review recent product developments, and strengthen their networks with other Prevost operators across North America. This event sets the pace for subsequent training ses- sions at select Prevost Service Centers during the coming year. "These coach mechanics bring their unique perspective in knowing just how to fix a problem once they've determined the cause," Hitt said. "Their job takes a particular type of person who can get the picture and then dig in to fix what's not working. The way we see it, these sessions also allow us to learn from the very people we train." ARIZONA OPERATOR PLANS TO OPEN NEW SEDONA LOCATION SEDONA, Ariz. — William Jinks, president and CEO of JET Limousines in Phoenix, Ariz., was planning to open a new location in Sedona last month after landing a contract to handle transportation for the Enchantment Resort. After bidding on the resort's transporta- tion needs two years ago and not receiving the contract, JET kept at it and was recently given another chance to bid and present its services to the management. It peformed well during trial runs, and was awarded the contract with a tenta- tive start date of June 14. "Our initial and main focus will be the clients of the resort at this new location," Jinks said. "However, we intend to staff the location with extra vehicles and market the area for re- tail, corporate, and tours. Sedona is a popular tourist attraction and home to many famous landmarks, popular resorts, etc. A long-term company recently discontinued its operations in Sedona, and we feel this region has a strong need for high-end chauffeured transportation, including options to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport." The company will start with a fleet of Cadillac CT6 and BMW 7 Series sedans, two Chevrolet Suburbans, a Grech Sprinter, a Grech 27-passenger mini-coach, and a Temsa motorcoach. It will move inventory between Sedona and its Phoenix office as needed to appeal to larger groups and conventions. The company will have a full-time opera- tions manager at the location, and is hiring four full-time chauffeurs and three to six part-time chauffeurs in the Sedona market. It will also use Phoenix chauffeurs as needed, especially for trips that may start or end in Phoenix. "We frequently help affiliates in the Sedona market with local trips, but require travel time to get to and from," Jinks said. "Having another northern location enables us to truly offer local Sedona chauffeured transporta- tion and service our affiliates in the Northern Arizona market." Sedona lies close to Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, Page, and other popular Northern Arizona locations.

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