Vehicles

Royal Star Hawaii Adds Six New MCI J4500s

Posted on March 5, 2014

DES PLAINES, Ill. — As part of a rebranding effort that will differentiate its premium “gold” fleet from its standard “silver” category coaches, Royal Star Hawaii has taken delivery of the first two of six 2014 MCI J4500 coaches meant to represent the company’s top-of-the-line offerings. When complete, the company’s gold fleet will reach 22 coaches, all 2009-or-newer MCI J4500s.

The new gold- and silver-level designations will replace the company’s previous “Royal Star” and “Super Star” designations. “The new design update achieves several goals,” said Marc Rubenstein, vice president and general manager. “It updates our 102 Series coaches with a modern look, clarifies the difference between brands with either a gold or silver choice, and unifies both gold and silver coaches under the same Royal Star brand. It’s part of an ongoing plan to keep the fleet looking fresh.”

The two new J4500s feature wheelchair lifts, lavatories, and A/V systems, and will be primarily used for island tours and transfers. The rest of the six-coach J4500 order will arrive later this year. “We’re an all MCI fleet, and have been for a long time,” said Rubenstein. “That said, we always research the market before purchasing more coaches, and we felt the J4500 was still the best coach for our needs.”

The J4500 underwent a redesign last year, gaining new LED headlamps, a slightly taller look and other improvements. The 2014 model arrives with the latest clean-diesel engine technology for lower emissions and better fuel economy, along with MCI’s MDSS suspension system for greater maneuverability and a smoother ride. Standard safety features include three-point passenger seatbelts, electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring and a fire-suppression system.

Royal Star has served Hawaii since 1996 from its headquarters in Honolulu. About half of the company’s passenger groups are inbound from Asia, with the rest coming from the mainland United States.

Source: MCI

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Silverado Stages Buys 28 New Volvo Motorcoaches

The Volvo 9700 is recognized as one of the safest buses in the industry.

Trump's Old Cadillac Limousine Heads To Museum

The custom prototypes were commissioned in 1987 and built by the now defunct Dillinger-Gaines Coachbuilders.

Continental Captures Past Glory With Quiet Luxury

Review: This is no rebadged Ford; little expense has been spared in the ultra-comfortable cabin.

Spy Shots Offer Hints At 2019 Sprinter

A $500-million factory going up in North Charleston, S.C., will build the next-generation large van in the U.S. by 2020.

Tesla Updates Model S With Redesigned Back Seat

Review: Although still a bench seat, Tesla has learned a lot during the last few years.

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (0)

Post a Comment

Submit

Blog

See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - August 2017 $12.95 MILLENNIALS/FAST 40 ISSUE COVER STORY: * How to Score & Keep The Best Young Talent * *



Connect

Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close