Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Golden Age Adventure MCI Travel Coaches

 Golden Age Adventure Travel bounces back from
Hurricane Sandy with second 2013 MCI® J4500
SCHAUMBURG, IL — April 23, 2013 When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast in late October, Golden Age Adventure Travel, New York City, lost every one of its four coaches to the related flooding. "It was hard," said Michael Art, owner and president. "And we struggled with the insurance company."

But Art, who had painstakingly built his business bus by bus and client by client, was undeterred by weather or red tape. Today, only six months later, his fleet is back up to two new MCI J4500 coaches, the latest a 2013 model delivered in March.

"Having brand-new coaches helps us get clients," said Art. "The coaches are really beautiful, and customers love them." Golden Age's most recently delivered J4500 has power outlets at every seat and three-point seatbelts, along with standard model features that include performance technologies including electronic stability control and a suite of safety features that includes tire-pressure monitoring and a fire-suppression system.

MCI redesigned the model for 2013, giving it a taller look and stylish LED headlights. It also features more than 30 improvements, including brushless motors and an optimized, more fuel-efficient powertrain that can achieve 9 MPG at highways speeds. Art said he also appreciates his MCIs for their ease of service and parts availability.

Art, a native of Armenia and former coach driver, took charge of Golden Age in 2008, with the company going back to 1997. Clients include a wide variety of charter customers, including school groups, sports teams and others in the Tri-State area. The company has been effective at building relationships, as evidenced by one of its longest-standing clients, the State Ballet Theatre of Russia, members of whom first came to know Art when he was their driver at another company.
The company is rebuilding its website as well as its fleet; Art says that Facebook offers the most current company information. He also says that the fleet should be back up to four coaches by next year. "Everything will be fine," said Art. "We have enough clients. We should be back in the same position by next year."

About MCI

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, with manufacturing facilities in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Pembina, North Dakota, Motor Coach Industries is the leading intercity coach manufacturer in the United States and Canada, with sales, service and repair facilities in both countries. MCI's D-Series is the best-selling line of coaches in industry history, with more than 13,000 units built. Its J4500 coach model has been the industry's best-selling intercity coach for nine consecutive years. MCI is also the distributor of the Setra S 417, Setra S 407 and Setra parts in the U.S. and Canada. The company offers 24-hour technical support and industry-leading technician training along with the market's most extensive aftermarket parts and repair service.

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