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New World First Bus Services Limited (First Bus, or "NWFB") was established in 1998, taking over China Motor Bus's franchise to provide bus services on Hong Kong Island together with Citybus. It is the third largest public bus operator in Hong Kong.


It mainly serves Hong Kong Island, parts of Tseung Kwan O and Western Kowloon. It also provides cross-harbour routes linking between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon or New Territories jointly with Kowloon Motor Bus.


The company currently possesses over 700 buses, and operateing over 100 franchised routes with over 2,000 staff. Since 18 August 2002, the complete bus fleet are air-conditioned (except one open-top bus). All buses are equipped with Octopus smart card payment system. Near 80% of the buses are Super Low Floor.


The company was initially jointly owned by the First Group of UK and NWS Holdings Limited. In early 2004, First Group's ownership was passed to Chow Tai Fook.


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A Volvo Super Olympian serving in Sai Kung.


In 2004, it has expanded its service to Kunming, in Mainland China.


Bus Fleet

Double Deck Air-conditioned Buses (First-hand)

  • Dennis Trident
    • Bodied with Alexander ALX500 body
      • 201 * 12 metres (Fleet number: 1001-1190, 1210-1221)
      • 30 * 11.3 metres (Fleet number: 1401-1430)
      • 62 * 10.6 metres (Fleet number: 1601-1662)
    • Bodied with Duple MetSec DM5000 body
      • 62 * 12 metres (Fleet number: 3001-3062)
      • 1 * 10.6 metres (Fleet number: 3601)
      • 60 * 10.3 metres (Super Low Height Body) (Fleet number: 3301-3360)
  • Volvo Super Olympian
    • Bodied with Alexander ALX500 body
      • 103 * 12 metres (Fleet number: 5001-5103)

Single Deck Air-conditioned Buses (First-hand)

  • Dennis Dart
    • Bodied with Plaxton Pointer 2 body
      • (10.7 metres)
      • (10.3 metres)

Double Deck Air-conditioned Buses (Second-hand)

  • Bought from China Motor Bus
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These were two second-handed Volvo Olympian air-conditioned buses of New World First Bus (NWFB) brought from China Motor Bus (CMB). The one on the right had been repainted with the livery of NWFB, while the one on the left was still remained in the livery of CMB.
      • 92 * 11 metres Dennis Condor with Duple MetSec body,
        (Fleet number: DA1-DA92)
      • 62 * 11 metres Volvo Olympian with Alexander R-type body,
        (Fleet number: VA1-VA61, VA63)
      • 25 * 11 metres Leyland Olympian with Alexander R-type body,
        (Fleet number: LA1-LA25)
  • Bought from Hong Kong Air Cargo Limited (HACTL)
      • 4 * 12 metres Dennis Dragon with Duple MetSec body,
        (Fleet number: DA93-DA96)
      • 2 * 12 metres Volvo Olympian with Alexander R-type body,
        (Fleet number: VA65-VA66)

Double Deck Open-top Buses (Second-hand)

  • Bought from China Motor Bus
      • 1 * 11 metres Dennis Condor with Duple MetSec body,
        (Fleet number: DM6)

See also

External links

  • New World First Bus Official Website (http://www.nwfb.com.hk/)
  • Kunming New World First Bus Official Website (http://www.kmnwfb.com.cn/)

  Results from FactBites:
 
ExCo approves NWFB's Fare Increase (1006 words)
NWFB submitted an application on November 1, 2000 for an average fare increase of 9.2 per cent on all its services.
For NWFB's local routes, the Committee's view is that the fare increases to be permitted should only result in an overall increase of not more than 3%, instead of the 9.2% requested by NWFB.
Under either option, NWFB's average rate of return would remain relatively low, as compared with the industry average; but it should, in the Committee's view, still be able to encourage the company to continue to invest in and improve its services.
Dennis Trident 3 at AllExperts (2091 words)
Three batches of NWFB Tridents are 12 metre in length, including the first batch of 160 Alexander-bodied Tridents and 42 Duple Metsec bodied Tridents, both entering service starting from late 1998.
NWFB assigned two different number schemes for these Tridents according to their bodywork (1001 onwards for Alexander bodied ones, and 3001 onwards for Duple bodied ones).
The second NWFB batch entered service throughout 1999 as well as early 2000.NWFB adopted a policy of purchasing shorter variations of Tridents in its second batch.
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