The flagging off ceremony was held at Vidhan Souda where first batch of 35 premium buses were officially inducted into KSRTC fleet by Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri Siddaramaiah. Scania Metrolink Airavat Diamond Class buses will cater to the needs of passengers giving them a totally new experience in bus travel.
Scania Metrolink buses were put to the test last year, when two Metrolink buses were handed over to KSRTC. The buses met with promise of Total Operating Economy besides maximum uptime and efficient fuel economy. Packed with safety features, Metrolink buses have Fleet Management System, fire detection and suppression system and speed limit compliant to state regulations.
There are a total of 6 emergency exits with 12 hammers while an on board video educates passengers on what to do in the event of an emergency. Scania buses are built with fire retardant material in all vital areas while a high definition IP camera allows for night vision recording inside the bus offering women travelers additional safety. Seats are well designed and ergonomically styled for enhanced passenger comforts while drastically reducing travel fatigue.
These buses are manufactured at their plant near Bengaluru, which started manufacturing buses from March this year.
Suitable for medium and long distance travel and besides making their way to KSRTC, Scania Metrolink buses are already in use across South India, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The company also caters to the demands of service support by offering aftermarket services to customers. Scania service vans ensure that customer service support is addressed within two hours of fault reporting while Scania also offers a complete driver training program.
Scania Metrolink bus range consists of 12,13.7 and 14.5 m buses designed for luxury intercity or charter travels. The company has current production capacities of 2500 trucks and 1000 buses which will be increased two fold by 2020.