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March 16 2016
By The Routeone Team

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Skills returns to Scania

Nottingham-based Skills Group unveiled its latest new coaches at an open day staged at its Bulwell head office on Sunday in the form of six Scania OmniExpress Finesse models.

They are two-axle 53-seaters and part of a batch of 25 OmniExpress Finesses ordered by Scania Great Britain, all of which it quickly sold. They have a variety of luxury fittings including side displacement on aisle seats, a Webasto pre-heater and what Scania describes as “other executive amenities.”

Two of the OmniExpresses have been allocated to the Silverdale Tours subsidiary while four are part of the Skills Holidays operation.

They were formally launched by former Skills driver Trevor Singleton, 86.

All will be employed on a variety of work including holidays and private hire, says Group Chairman Nigel Skill.

“Delivery of the new coaches is part of our planned fleet investment for this year,” adds Mr Skill. “We are seeing steady growth in our private hire and holiday work, and I am happy with where the business is going in 2016.”

2016’s investment also includes 21 Caetano Levante-bodied tri-axle coaches for the group’s National Express commitments. Four, on Scania chassis, are for the Silverdale fleet while the remainder, on Volvo underframes, are for Skills.

Skills will also take delivery of a further coach to Leger Luxuria specification in 2016. It was the first operator for the Luxuria brand with a highly-specified 31-seat VDL Futura 2 that was displayed at Euro Bus Expo 2014.

At the time of the first coach’s debut, Leger Holidays suggested that the Luxuria brand could expand to nine coaches in time for the
2016 season.

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