Scania Coaches and Buses – 20 New and 20 Old – Support WTS Travel & Tours’ Latest Eco-Tourism Venture and Business Expansion
SINGAPORE – WTS Travel & Tours, a local travel agency, yesterday announced 20 new Scania K-chassis coaches to support its business expansion. The handover for the fleet of coaches took place yesterday afternoon at the launch of The Bus Collective resort, the company’s latest eco-tourism venture.
“Scania is keen to power WTS Travel & Tours’ business growth with the delivery of these new premium coaches,” said Mr Oscar Wyckman, Country Manager of Scania Singapore, who officiated at the handover. “The Scania K-chassis coaches offer excellent fuel efficiency, safety and driveability, with lower emissions, to complement WTS Travel & Tours’ plans to promote eco-tourism and cross-border travel.”
The new fleet of Scania K410IB4x2N high-floor coaches utilises the high-performance, reliable and durable Scania K-chassis. The highly efficient powertrain delivers fuel saving and operating economy.
For safety, the Electronic Braking System (EBS), with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and traction control, comes standard with all Scania K-chassis. The new coaches will also include the Scania Retarder, which provides additional braking force and reduces the wear and tear of the disc brake pads.
The driver area offers excellent visibility and control for further safety and driveability. At the same time, the efficient gearbox combines with a well-balanced weight distribution to provide for a smoother and more comfortable ride for passengers.
Fifteen units of WTS Travel & Tours’ new coaches will be delivered in Singapore, with the remaining five in Malaysia. The fleet in Singapore comprises five 45-seater coaches, eight 28-seater coaches and two 21-seater coaches. The body-building work was fulfilled by Truckquip, a Malaysian company specialising in bus and truck body-building.
“In support of the opening of The Bus Collective, we are introducing a fleet of 20 new Scania travel coaches for the benefit of guests travelling locally to attractions as well as overland to and from Malaysia,” said Mr Micker Sia, Managing Director of WTS Travel & Tours.
He added: “We have worked with Scania for over 20 years and believe in its capability to support us in providing a premium, comfortable travel experience for our guests, whether enroute to The Bus Collective or on their journey to see the many wonderful attractions of Singapore.”
With the purchase of the new fleet of coaches, WTS Travel & Tours will automatically be inducted into the Scania For Good Loyalty Programme, earning Loyalty Points, which can be redeemed for Scania products and services.
The Bus Collective resort, where the handover ceremony was held, uses 20 retired Scania public buses previously operated by SBS Transit. These buses have been upcycled and repurposed as luxury suites to immerse visitors in the history and geography of Changi Village.
WTS Travel & Tours was incorporated in 1989 as a travel agency offering overseas and inbound travel services, including tours, accommodation and ground transportation. Its latest venture into The Bus Collective was made in partnership with LHN Group and Sky Win Holding.
Mr Oscar Wyckman, Country Manager of Scania Singapore (left), hands over the fleet of 20 new Scania K410IB4x2N high-floor coaches to Mr Micker Sia, Managing Director of WTS Travel & Tours at the opening of The Bus Collective resort.
Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman – Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Education & Foreign Affairs and Grassroots Adviser for East Coast GRC GROs (Siglap) – who was guest-of-honour at the launch of The Bus Collective, previews the interior of WTS Travel & Tours’ new Scania 28-seater coach. Standing from left: Dr Maliki; Mr Micker Sia, Managing Director of WTS Travel & Tours; Mr Sampson Yap, Deputy General Manager of Truckquip, and Mr Oscar Wyckman, Country Manager of Scania Singapore.
The Bus Collective features 20 retired Scania public buses that have been upcycled and repurposed as luxury suites.