The last month has been busy with equipment changes! In order to maintain a high-quality, modern fleet of motorcoaches, we often buy, sell, and trade coaches. This allows us to keep up with growing demand in the various markets throughout Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas that we serve. Our fleet of buses features some of the newest, nicest coaches around. As deluxe coaches get older and are replaced with newer models, they often become standard coaches or are sold to other bus companies in the midwest. Deluxe coaches are used on many of our bus trips for seniors and are preferred by many of our charter bus customers as well.
In August, we took delivery of 1 brand new entertainer coach, 2 new Prevost seated coaches, 3 new MCI coaches and 3 used Prevost seated coaches. Several other units were recently sold or traded. Village’s fleet consists of both Prevost and MCI motorcoaches, two of the most popular, well-known motorcoach brands. Pictured: Village drivers Steve Cutler (Wichita), Donovan Gilden (Wichita) and Ray Rich (Tulsa) flew to Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada) to take delivery of the new MCI coaches. While there, they received a tour of the MCI factory before heading home.
Entertainer coaches traditionally receive names rather than unit numbers. Our new coach was christened as “Shocker,” a nod to our roots in Wichita (home of the Wichita State University Shockers). The coach departed from Nashville, Tennessee on September 12 with a band for a 3-month nationwide tour. The Prevost shell was converted by Integrity Coach Interiors, located near Nashville.
The various new and used seated coaches have been spread among our seven locations (Wichita, KS; Oklahoma City, OK; Tulsa, OK; Salina, KS; Springfield, MO; Fort Smith, AR; and Springdale, AR) based on demand and fleet average age. After all of the fleet changes, Village currently operates a total of 139 seated and entertainer coaches.