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MCI Delivers 10 New Coaches To First-Time Customer

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Posted on January 22, 2020
One of 10 MCI J4500 coaches delivered to a New Orleans, La.-based charter and tour service. (photo: MCI)

One of 10 MCI J4500 coaches delivered to a New Orleans, La.-based charter and tour service. (photo: MCI)

NEW ORLEANS, La. --- Motor Coach Industries (MCI) delivered 10 new bestselling MCI J4500 coaches to Louisiana Motor Coach, New Orleans’ fastest growing tour and charter companies, the company said Jan. 17.

This growing regional operator serving conventions, sports events, charters and tours is known for a safe and luxurious experience for its customers and wanted to add a new class of vehicles with next-generation passenger amenities to its 30-vehicle fleet. This is the first time the company has bought MCI buses.  


Louisiana Motor Coach’s new J4500 coaches feature best-in-class interiors and legroom, proven reliability, fuel-saving features and low total cost of operation with the latest safety devices. “Everything about the purchases of these new coaches fell into place,” said Louis Sanders, Louisiana Motor Coach’s vice president and general manager, who with his wife Mary Sanders, the company’s president, and eldest son and partner Jeffrey Celeste, launched the business 10 years ago.

“The MCI team came through with the quality and coach amenities we were looking for. We like the new interior design including the lavatory and new digital driver dash on the J4500.”

The leadership team brings more than 25 years of tour and charter experience to their operation, which has grown to become one of New Orleans’ largest, local family-owned operators. “We’re persistent and already have a second generation in place,” said Sanders, who noted son Ryan Sanders and daughter Caitlin Sanders Schultz are also part of the business’ hard-working team. “We take a lot of pride in the style and young age of the equipment we offer and how we serve our community.”  

Travel & Leisure magazine ranks New Orleans, a bus mecca, as the third most popular destination in the U.S. Louisiana Motor Coach is distinguished by its newer fleet, commitment to service, and unique excursions. In addition to traditional charter services, Louisiana Motor Coach helps travelers with customized tours of New Orleans, fishing adventures and scheduled coach travel to away games for the city’s professional sports teams.

High-profile assignments have included the 17-day U.S. tour for Australian members of the Sweet Adelines, an international women’s barbershop harmony group, following the organization’s 2019 annual meeting held in New Orleans in September.

Sanders also said the company is benefiting from its recent association with FlixBus, a German-based digital transportation company which launched routes in March from New Orleans to Houston and San Antonio, TX. with scheduled stops in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, LA. Founded in Germany in 2013, FlixBus launched U.S. service in 2018 and manages the technology, marketing and route system logistics for locally based carrier partners who transport FlixBus passengers.

Source: MCI press release

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