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Scania coaches in novel concept for new Hong Kong airport

Scania, together with Forefront, its Hong Kong importer, has received an order for 50 specially equipped tourist coaches from Trans-Island Limousine Service Ltd. The coaches will be used to provide direct services between Hong Kong's new Chek Lap Kok airport, which was inaugurated thursday, and several of the city's leading hotels.

Passengers using the specially equipped, air-conditioned coaches will be able to avail of an on-board computer system to check into their hotels en route, so that arrangements are complete on their arrival. Trans-Island has concluded an agreement with a number of leading Hong Kong hotels to provide this service.

“This is a prestigious order for Scania," comments Rolf Teljeby, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, of Scania Buses & Coaches. “Thanks to our long-established presence in the region, we are very familiar with market requirements and conditions here. This has enabled us to provide a custom-made solution to the demand for passenger transport services to and from the new international airport.

“The trend in Scania's bus and coach sales in Hong Kong has been very positive in the last few years," emphasises Mr. Teljeby. “This order will help to strengthen our position even further."

The vehicles will be built on Scania's tourist coach chassis and equipped with bodies by Irizar, the Spanish bodybuilder with which Scania has enjoyed a close working relationship in recent years.

The new coaches will bring the number of Scanias in the Trans-Island fleet to 75.

“Our assessment is that there is long-term growth potential in the entire southeast Asian area beyond the current economic crisis," concludes Mr. Teljeby.

For further information please contact Marketing Director tel. +46-150 588 09 or Communication Manager Gunnar Boman tel. +46 150 585 99.

Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. With 23,800 employees and production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is one of the most profitable companies in its sector. In 1997, turnover totalled SEK 39,700 million and income after financial items SEK 2,800 million. Scania products are marketed in about 100 countries worldwide and approximately 95% of total production is sold outside Sweden. Bus manufacture takes place in Sweden, Brazil, Denmark, France and Poland.

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