Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool will be supplying two luxury double-deckers for the Airbnb of bus transport, FlixBus. The FlixBus platform lets people book bus trips to European cities at low prices. An associated bus company such as Staf Cars from Lommel drives the actual trips.
Belgian bus operator Staf Cars ensures the daily operations of the bus ride FlixBus sells. Their bright-green buses depart from Antwerp, Brussels and Leuven, among others. After 1.5 years, FlixBus has already transported one million Belgian customers to cities across Europe.
Trendy buses with Wi-Fi for young people
Across Europe, the young German company expanded to 900 destinations in 20 countries. In 2016, 30 million travellers have boarded the fluorescent green buses.
“We always have Wi-Fi on board, the chairs are comfortable, electronic devices can be charged, cancelling and changing bookings is free of charge, etc.”, explains Adrien Ravet of FlixBus to Gazet van Antwerpen. “We’ve noticed that this is making bus travel popular again with young people, as 75% of our travellers are younger than 35.”
Van Hool makes customised double-deckers
These luxury double-deckers are the speciality of Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool. The two buses for Staf Cars were built in our country, in Koningshooikt. “It’s about customising buses according our clients’ wishes”, says Dirk Snauwaert, Van Hool spokesman. “It’s a product with a lot of added value and requires a lot of manual labour. We make them here for many clients in Europe and the United States.”
Van Hool may manufacture many more buses for Staf Cars and FlixBus in the future, as the network will be expanded considerably in 2017. In 2016 and 2017 Staf Cars will invest €4.3 million in coaches.