新大嶼山巴士(1973)有限公司 New Lantao Bus
The bus service on Lantau Island was only provided by New Lantao Bus Co. until the opening of Lantau Link in 1997. Long Win Bus and City Bus started to provide external bus service linking the Tung Chung New Town and the Airport, while NLB still play a significant role on internal bus service within the Lantau. To cope with the change, NLB upgraded their fleet with more and more air-conditioned buses and a new style of the bus stop sign was introduced.
The fleet of NLB initially composed of England made single deckers including the Dodge, Commers and Ford. Between 1980 and 1991, total 15 Leyland Victory MK 2 double decker from Leyland and KMB was joined NLB for the high patronage in public holidays. The era of Isuzu started in the mid 1980swhen the first 4 Isuzu single decker with local made bodyworks acquired. The appearance of the Isuzu buses in NLB fleet was similar to the coach outside the island with the most significant differences, a route indicator box fitted.
After acquired by Kwoon Chung Motors, the livery of NLB was changed together with the alternation of fleet. More and more Isuzu air-conditioned buses were delivered and the Victory withdrawn from the fleet and some of them started their new life with City Bus. During holidays, Kwoon Chung deployed coaches to Lantau to cater the demand brought by the tourists.
Benefited from the Tung Chung New Town and New Airport development project, NLB further expand it networks and more resources were deployed on Northern Lantau area. To cope with the change, 4 Mercedes Benz coach and 3 Dennis Dart SLF with Plaxton Pointer bodyworks were joined the fleet for the airport route. The Dart in NLB featured with with manual gearbox and more powerful engine which is the the unique combination in Hong Kong. Moreover, Kwoon Chung also transferred 4 Mitsubishi Rosa minibuses to NLB for operation on route 34 to and from Shek Mun Kap.
Kwoon Chung still keep deploying coaches on Lantau during holidays as a support to NLB routes and the fleet of NLB got some changes, the non air-con Isuzu single decker were replaced by other Isuzu air-con buses which mainly were transferred from Kwoon Chung. After withdrawn from the Airport service, the Dart was serving Tung Chung internal routes together with the German made MAN super low floor single deckers.
1 Jul, 2007, the 10th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China, also is a milestone for NLB as the first route serving outside the Lantau, route B2 operated between Yuen Long WE Station and Shenzhen Bay port, commenced into service on the same day. As for the need of operation, Volvo B6LE from City Bus, MAN from Kwoon Chung Motors and the brand new Euro 4 emission standard MAN single decker joined NLB at the same time. Since the road conditions was improved after the opening of new section of Tung Chung Road on 6 Feb., 2009, more and more MAN which transferred from Kwoon Chung Motors allocated on the routes between Tung Chung and the Southern Lantau and indicated the era of Isuzu as the mainstream was came to an end.
NLB made another record in the history of Hong Kong franchised buses in 2010, a batch of 9 YoungMan JNP6122GR full-sized super low floor single deckers were introduced which is the first franchised bus made in the mainland. The age of buses from UK serving NLB was temporarily suspended after the arrival of 5 more YoungMans in Aug., 2011 until the delivered of two Dennis Trident from City Bus in Mar., 2014, the first double decker of NLB after the retired of the Leyland Victory Mk 2.The second hand Trident was already 16 years old when joined NLB, to go one step further, B2-series route was proposed to convert into double decker operation, a tender for new double decker was made and MAN successfully gained this purchasing order with supplying their MAN A95 to NLB. Repeated order was made afterwards not only for the strengthen the the Shenzhen Bay service, but also for the use in the Tung Chung and HKZM Bridge shuttle service.
Though it was not a successful experience for deploying super low floor bus in Southern Lantau, as expected there will be increased in resident after completion of the House Ownership Scheme in Mui Wo, NLB placed an order for 14 Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double decker in 2017 and the first of the batch was delivered in Jun., 2018. After all the Enviro400 ready, the fleet of route 3M plying between Mui Wo and Tung Chung will be converted into double decker and this is the fist time for double decker serving the Southern Lantau after the Leyland Victory Mk 2.
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|丹尼士飛鏢 Dennis Dart||
|三菱 Rosa Mitsubishi Rosa||
|富豪 B6LE Volvo B6LE||
|猛獅 NL系 MAN NL Series||
|猛獅 A51 / A91 MAN A51 / A91||
|猛獅 R33 MAN R33||
|猛獅 RC2 MAN RC2||
|猛獅 RR8 MAN RR8||
|青年JNP6122GR1 YoungMan JNP6122GR1||
|比亞迪 K9R BYD K9R||
|亞歷山大丹尼士Enviro400 Alexander Dennis Enviro400||
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