On 19 June 2018 the GPN Strategic Partner, VDL Bus & Coach, delivered 2 Futuras FHD2-129/440 to Cartour S.A. in Spain. Cartour is going to operate these Futuras on behalf of Flixbus, which will be put in service on international routes between Spain and the south of France. For VDL Bus & Coach this is the first delivery of Futuras with Flixbus configuration for Spain.
‘We appreciate the trust that Cartour has in VDL Bus & Coach and our product,’ says Anno Dirksen, managing director of VDL Bus & Coach España S.L. ‘Like VDL, Cartour is a family-owned company that understands the importance of strong and long-term relationships. We are proud that Cartour has chosen the VDL Futura as the coach to serve their long distances routes.’
Luis Pedrero, Managing Director of Cartour S.A.: ‘As a member of the international Global Passenger Network (GPN), I have been able to engage in conversation with VDL Bus & Coach and some of its regular buyers. Through these dialogues, Cartour received first-hand information about the quality and reliability of the VDL Futura range and could build a strong relationship with VDL Bus & Coach. This led to the very logical decision to cooperate with VDL and I am very satisfied with our 2 Flixbus coaches.’
The Futura FHD2-129 in Flixbus version is 12.9 metres long, has 49 +1 +1 seats and features a 500 litre diesel tank plus an additional 330 litre tank. This allows the Futura FHD2 to travel very long distances without stops, which is ideal for the long-range routes these Futuras are going to serve. The VDL Class 300 interior with USB connections and 220 volt power sockets offers plenty of comfort for travellers.