Spending is estimated to advance another 7.1% in 2018 and will expand to $1.7 trillion total by 2022.
The Washington, Mo.-based charter and tour operator is refreshing its 20-coach fleet with a 2017 MCI J4500 just delivered in July and one of the first 2018 MCI J4500s to roll off the line in mid-September.
For 2018, MCI introduces a new interior ambience in its J4500 model. Features include a redesigned cabin with best-in-class legroom, a larger lavatory, and an updated driver cockpit featuring a high-definition instrument panel with on-screen diagnostic capabilities.
The 2018 J4500 also features new airline-inspired ceiling lights and aisle puck lights that illuminate the roomier cabin which also features new parcel racks that blend with the front cap of the vehicle.
Mid-American chose the optional programmable RGB (Red, Green and Blue) lighting package that lights up the interior and the spiral stairway entry in multiple color selections appropriate for customer branding.
“We’re very deliberate in the way we operate our fleet,” said Dennis Jones, Mid-American Vice President, who runs the company with his brother Roger. “We haven’t purchased new equipment since 2009. It’s the right time, and it’s the first time we’re going with limo-style seating.”
He added, “Tour and charter is 100% of our business and we like the ability to offer a custom, upscale interior to our customers, especially those riding with us on our longer-distance trips.”
Mid-American was founded in 1927 as a scheduled bus route service serving the greater St. Louis area, including east central Missouri and west central Illinois.
Jones’ parents purchased Mid-American in 1957, and grew the business from six Flexible and GM buses to a newer model fleet operating five scheduled service round trips from Washington to St. Louis every day, along with other commuter service routes. When Jones and his brother took over the leadership, they began to build the tour and charter side.
A friendly staff of 30 employees, including 10 experienced shop mechanics, keep Mid-American coaches pristine. Its 20,000-square-foot facility also provides maintenance for the high-end entertainer coaches traveling to nearby Branson. “A lot of the entertainers trust us to fix their coaches and we like that end of our business as well,” Jones said.
Mid-American is a member of the International Motorcoach Group (IMG), a prestigious network of like-minded family owned motorcoach operators with high standards in performance, safety, maintenance, customer service, driver training, equipment, operations and on-road support.
Source: MCI Press Release
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