DELTA BUS LINES SERVES MISSISSIPPI DELTA WITH TWO NEW MCI® D4505 COACHES
DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, MAY 27, 2016: (TSX:NFI) (TSX:NFI.DB.U) Motor Coach Industries ("MCI"), a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. (the "Company"), the largest bus and motor coach manufacturer in North America announced the delivery of two MCI D4505 motor coaches to Delta Bus Lines of Greenville, Mississippi. The purchase adds to Delta's exclusive young fleet of D4505 coaches that meet the vital transportation needs of residents in the northwest Mississippi region, known as the "Mississippi Delta."
"The Mississippi Delta is a rural region where residents depend on Delta Bus Lines as the chief mode of intercity transportation," said Joe Howard, founder and owner of Delta Bus Lines. "We are the most economic means by which people can travel beyond the Mississippi Delta to make important events, such as weddings, funerals and church functions, and get to and from college."
With North America's best-selling motor coach, Delta has peace of mind with its fleet of 11 D4505s. The newest two D4505s deliver the reliability and comfort that customers expect since Delta debuted its first D4505 in 2008. When Delta runs to capacity on its 55-seat coaches during its summer peak season, keeping the bus cool is critical, according to Howard. "Temperatures can reach above 90 degrees, and this coach is always cool at 65-67 degrees," said Howard. "That's key to retaining customers, of which nearly half are repeats."
The D4505 delivers value-oriented, high quality performance with many of the improvements of the MCI J4500, including dual 150-amp Denso alternators, new parcel racks that expand capacity and the REI A/V system. The model also gained new 90-mm headlights, including an LED headlight option. Delta also installed an interior camera system for driver and passenger security.
"This coach by far is the best I've ever purchased from MCI," said Howard. "When I go home, I can sleep knowing the D4505 does what it is designed to do." Howard added that with regular preventive maintenance, such as changing batteries and belts, Delta runs it steady, year-round operation worry free.
As a workhorse coach, the D4505 fits nicely into Delta's daily, year-round roundtrip service between Memphis, Tennessee, and Greenville, Mississippi, Greenville and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Greenville and Jackson, Mississippi. Delta also makes 21 stops in 17 cities, throughout seven of the Mississippi Delta's 16 counties. When necessary, Delta partners with local transit systems, to serve all constituents, including senior citizens, disabled residents and college students.
The Mississippi Delta, a distinctive region between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers that stretches 200 miles long and 70 miles at its widest point, has a population of 700,000.
Howard and the late Walter Koontz started Delta in 1985. They both became interested in the transportation business as teenagers working as porters for Greyhound Lines. Initially, Howard and Koontz operated as a local Greyhound franchise and then in 1991, took their business independent. While the majority of Delta's business is intercity transportation, Delta also provides full-service travel planning and private charter service to popular travel destinations, such as Dallas, Orlando and Atlanta. Community oriented and charitably minded, Delta offers discounted fare programs under "Busing Children to Growth" and "Keeping Families Together," giving children and families in need the ability to enjoy educational field trips outside the Mississippi Delta.
The Company is the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America with fabrication, manufacturing, distribution and service centers in Canada and the United States and employs approximately 5,000 team members.
Through its Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries, Motor Coach Industries Limited and Motor Coach Industries, Inc., the Company is North America's leader in motor coaches, offering the MCI J4500,which is the industry's best-selling intercity coach for 11 consecutive years, and the MCI D-Series, the industry's best-selling coach line in North American motor coach history. MCI is also the exclusive distributor of Setra S 417 and S 407 in the United States and Canada. MCI actively supports over 28,000 motor coaches currently in service and offers 24-hour roadside assistance 365 days a year.
Through its Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries, New Flyer Industries Canada ULC and New Flyer of America Inc., the Company is North America's heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers the broadest transit bus product line (Xcelsior® and MiDi® models), incorporating the broadest range of drive systems available, including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, electric-trolley and now battery-electric. New Flyer actively supports over 42,000 heavy-duty transit buses (New Flyer, NABI and Orion) currently in service.
The Company also operates North America's most comprehensive aftermarket parts organization providing support for all types of transit buses and motor coaches. All buses and coaches are supported by an industry-leading comprehensive warranty, service and support network.
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Jon Koffman, Investor Relations
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