大巴士觀光香港遊 The Big Bus Company, Tour Of HK

The Big Bus Company在香港的中文名字為大巴士觀光香港遊,成立於一九九一年,總部位於英國倫敦。在進軍香港前,亦分別於杜拜及美國費城經營定點旅遊觀光巴士服務。早於二零零一年,大巴士已經跟香港巴士結下淵源,為了取代車隊中的利蘭泰坦,大巴士向香港巴士公司購入不少剛退役的三軸巴士,計有來自新巴的都城嘉慕都城型十二米,丹尼士禿鷹十二米以及九巴的十一米利蘭奧林比安,於香港改裝作開蓬巴士後運返英國行走。隨後大巴士再向新巴購進六部丹尼士禿鷹十一米空調巴士,改裝完成後運往杜拜分公司行走。

隨著倫敦,杜拜及費城業務取得成功,大巴士尋找有潛質的城巿開拓新的巿場,這就是被稱作亞洲活力都巿的香港。由於大巴士經營方式跟現有觀光旅遊公司有著顯著分別,要解決有關法例問題及獲得有關當局同意,才可以在香港開展業務。在大巴士向香港有關運輸部門提出在港開展業務,是立即被拒絕。幸好最後在專責旅遊的部門協助下,及兩年多努力與政府部門商討及角力,大巴士終被批准二零零八年十二月十五日起在港營運定點觀光旅遊巴士服務。

大巴士目前擁有一支十二架巴士車隊,主力是七架購自新巴的丹尼士禿鷹十一米空調巴士,於一九九二年由中巴購入,並於一九九八年轉投新巴服役。這批巴士完成改裝作開蓬巴士後,下層仍然保留有空調供應,並且重新登記,另外,大巴士亦向雅高巴士購進三架丹尼士統治者開蓬巴士,這三架統治者是於一九九三年從英國蘇格蘭Clydeside 2000購入作巴士租賃用途,其後部份被改作開蓬巴士,以便爭取開蓬巴士租賃巿場。而餘下的大巴士成員是一架長陣豐田Coaster,於零九年四月從另一旅遊巴士公司購入,用作接載酒店購票旅客前往登車地點,乘搭大巴士暢遊香港,隨後因應營運需要二零一零年四月再被轉售到其他營運商。

為了配合營運需要及更換年事已高的統治者,大巴士於二零零九年向中國安凱客車訂購四架新車-HFF6110GS-2,成為繼杜拜之後,第二個分公司使用中國製客車。有關新車到港後締造了首批國產雙層巴士,三軸巴士及開蓬巴士紀錄。首架安凱巴士於二零零九年十一月底投入服務,隨後三架新車則陸續於二零一零年四月及八月投入服務。二零一一年十月,大巴士再從安凱客車購入多兩架Ankai HFF6110GS-2。除了首兩架新車是替換統治者外,其餘四架新車皆是用來擴展車隊之用。

大巴士初期經營兩條觀光路線,紅線由中環天星碼頭出發,接載遊客遊覽中環,灣仔及銅鑼灣一帶;藍線則由尖東海傍出發,沿彌敦道經旺角,佐敦,尖沙咀及紅磡體育館循環行走。二零一零年四月,大巴士增辦來往赤柱的綠線,並途經海洋公園,香港仔及港島西區一帶。所有大巴士均設有八國語言數碼電子錄音系統,為旅客介紹香港各旅遊景點。乘客可透過大巴士網頁,酒店接待處,致電大巴士服務熱線以及於登車地點購票乘車,除了可以購票日二十四小時內無限乘坐大巴士,以及免費山頂纜車來回車票及天星小輪上層來回船票。

The Big Bus Company was established in 1991 by Richard, Eleanor and Desmond Maybury. The Big Bus first started their business in London, UK with two buses and as passionate local knowledge provided, flourish the growth of Big Bus and become the largest fleet of open-top bus tours in the world. Except London, Big Bus also seeking opportunities all around the world and started their business in Dubai and Philadelphia of US in 2002 and 2003 respectively. In 2008, The Big Bus Company, Tour Of HK started to provide open top sightseeing tour in Hong Kong.

The Big Bus first negotiated with the Transport Department in 2006 about the opening of open top bus tours in Hong Kong. However, this proposal was rejected. Since Hong Kong was a high potential market for The Big Bus, they not yet give up and sent the idea to the department related to tourism. After two years hard working on solving the problem on operation and not conflicting the franchised bus service, The Big Bus Tour in Hong Kong started operation on 15, Dec., 2008.

The Big Bus in London, you can find many buses came from Hong Kong like Dennis Condor and MCW Super Metrobus from NWFB and Leyland Olympian 11m from KMB to replace those aging Leyland Titan from 2001. Also The Big Bus in Dubai also operates Dennis Condor 11m A/C from NWFB. Back to Hong Kong, The Big Bus running a fleet of 11 buses acquired from The New World First Bus and Argos Bus Service at the early stage of operation.

The Dennis Condor (fleet no. 1-7) open-top buses was acquired from NWFB and they are the mainstream of the Big Bus fleet. These batch of Dennis Condors was bought by The China Motor Bus in 1992 and then transferred to NWFB in 1998. Like those in Dubai Big Bus fleet, the air-conditioned service still provided in the lower saloon. The Dennis Dominator (fleet no. 8-10) from ARgos Bus was bought from Clydeside 2000 in Scotland in 1993 for bus hiring service. Some Dominators were converted to open-top for the growing market. Argos Bus Service sold the remaining 3 Dennis Dominators to The Big Bus for the reserve purpose. A second-hand long wheel-based Toyota Coaster was seen in the fleet between service Apr., 2009 and Apr., 2010 as shuttle bus for the tourists to and from hotel.

Big Bus in Hong Kong is the second sector to operate coaches made in China. In 2009, to cope with the demand and as a replacement for those aging Dominators, 4 Ankai HFF6110GS-2 open-top double decker were ordered, this is the first double decker made in China, the first three-axles and open-top bus from China. The first Ankai was commissioned in Nov., 2009 while the remaining 3 were registered in Apr. and Aug., 2010. We saw the delivery of 2 more Ankai HFF6110GS-2s in Oct., 2011. When more and more Ankai joined Big Bus, one Dennis Dominator still survive until this moment and supposed would be on the road at least until the mid. of 2013.

The Big Bus Company, Tour Of HK running two service at the initial stage, red Line for the tour in Hong Kong Island and Blue Line in Kowloon. One more service , Green Line, was introduced in Apr., 2010 to provide tour for tourist to Stanley, Ocean Park, Aberdeen and the Western District. A choice of 8 languages digital recorded commentary provided to tourist in the fleet of Big Bus. You may order your own ticket through the website of Big Bus, reception counter in hotels or by phone. With the Big Bus ticket, you can not only have 24 hours validity during operational hours, but also a free return ticket on Peak Tram and The Star Ferry (for the upper deck only).

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車隊編號 Fleet No.:2,前新巴DA27,ex-NWFB DA27
車牌 Registration No.:NR3633
車型 Vehicle Type: 丹尼士禿鷹 Dennis Condor
拍攝地點 Location:淺水灣 淺水灣道 Repluse Bay Road, Repluse Bay

車隊編號 Fleet No.:3,前新巴DA22,ex-NWFB DA22
車牌 Registration No.:NR3633
車型 Vehicle Type: 丹尼士禿鷹 Dennis Condor
拍攝地點 Location:中環 民耀街 Man Yiu Street, Central
拍攝地點 Location:赤柱 赤柱灘道 Stanley Beach Road, Stanley

車隊編號 Fleet No.:4,前新巴DA14,ex-NWFB DA14
車牌 Registration No.:NR6564
車型 Vehicle Type: 丹尼士禿鷹 Dennis Condor
拍攝地點 Location: 銅鑼灣 高士威道 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay
拍攝地點 Location:中環 天星碼頭 Star Ferry, Central

車隊編號 Fleet No.:5,前新巴DA16,ex-NWFB DA16
車牌 Registration No.:NR3807
車型 Vehicle Type: 丹尼士禿鷹 Dennis Condor
拍攝地點 Location:中環 天星碼頭 Star Ferry, Central
拍攝地點 Location:中環 天星碼頭 Star Ferry, Central
拍攝地點 Location:中環 天星碼頭 Star Ferry, Central
拍攝地點 Location:中環 天星碼頭 Star Ferry, Central
拍攝地點 Location: 金鐘 金鐘道 Queensway, Admiralty

車隊編號 Fleet No.:6,前新巴DA23,ex-NWFB DA23
車牌 Registration No.:NR7153
車型 Vehicle Type: 丹尼士禿鷹 Dennis Condor
拍攝地點 Location:尖沙咀 梳士巴利道 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

拍攝地點 Location:赤柱 赤柱村道 Stanley Village Road, Stanley
拍攝地點 Location:赤柱 赤柱峽道 Stanley Gap Road, Stanley

車隊編號 Fleet No.:7,前新巴DA28,ex-NWFB DA28
車牌 Registration No.:NR9783
車型 Vehicle Type: 丹尼士禿鷹 Dennis Condor
拍攝地點 Location:尖沙咀 梳士巴利道 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

車隊編號 Fleet No.:8
車牌 Registration No.:KA4691
車型 Vehicle Type: 丹尼士統治者 Dennis Dominator
拍攝地點 Location:尖沙咀 梳士巴利道 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

車隊編號 Fleet No.:9
車牌 Registration No.:FX5737
車型 Vehicle Type: 丹尼士統治者 Dennis Dominator
拍攝地點 Location:尖沙咀 梳士巴利道 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
拍攝地點 Location:中環 天星碼頭 Star Ferry, Central
車型 Vehicle Type: 安凱HFF6110GS-2  Ankai HFF6110GS-2
拍攝地點 Location: 尖沙咀 梳士巴利道 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
拍攝地點 Location: 金鐘 金鐘道 Queensway, Admiralty

車隊編號 Fleet No.:10
車牌 Registration No.:FW7510
車型 Vehicle Type: 安凱HFF6110GS-2  Ankai HFF6110GS-2
拍攝地點 Location:紅磡 康莊道 Hong Chong Road, Hung Hom

車隊編號 Fleet No.:11
車牌 Registration No.:PK3246
車型 Vehicle Type: 安凱HFF6110GS-2  Ankai HFF6110GS-2
拍攝地點 Location:中環 干諾道中 Connaught Road Central, Central

車隊編號 Fleet No.:12
車牌 Registration No.:PK2908
車型 Vehicle Type: 安凱HFF6110GS-2  Ankai HFF6110GS-2
拍攝地點 Location:中環 民光街 Man Kwong Street, Central
拍攝地點 Location:中環 天星碼頭 Star Ferry, Central

車隊編號 Fleet No.:13
車牌 Registration No.:JD5739
車型 Vehicle Type: 安凱HFF6110GS-2  Ankai HFF6110GS-2
拍攝地點 Location:金鐘 金鐘道 Queensway, Admiralty

車隊編號 Fleet No.:14
車牌 Registration No.:GK6431
車型 Vehicle Type: 安凱HFF6110GS-2  Ankai HFF6110GS-2
拍攝地點 Location:銅鑼灣 銅鑼灣道 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay

車隊編號 Fleet No.:-
車牌 Registration No.:LM8337
車型 Vehicle Type: 豐田 Coaster, Toyota Coaster
拍攝地點 Location:中環天星碼頭 Star Ferry, Central
拍攝地點 Location:中環 民耀街 Man Yiu Street, Central

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