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New World First Bus
 
The 1st of September 1998 saw the demise of China Motor Bus, having lost it's franchise to operate 88 routes in Hong Kong. New World First Bus (NWFB) beat five other bidders, including Kowloon Motor Bus and Citybus, to win the lucrative routes. NWFB is a joint venture of New World Development and Britain's biggest bus operator, FirstGroup plc.

The first new double-deck vehicles arrived in the 'wave' livery, as carried on the first model released, No 44401. The 'wave' soon disappeared from newer vehicles, thus enabling the space 'between decks' to be used for advertising, as demonstrated on the next three model releases, all ex-CMB Volvo Olympians, Model Nos 43211, 43212 and 43213, released over the period December 1998 - January 1999.

In February 1999, to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, New World First Bus decorated Fleet No. 1088, an Alexander bodied Dennis Trident in red/orange, with patterns that symbolised luck and happiness. The bus carried the God of Wealth to all districts on Hong Kong Island, bringing best wishes to the community, and passengers were able to write their personal New Year messages on lucky gold ingots attached to the bus. The model No 44402 was released in June 1999.

Model No 44505 was the next release, in August 1999, this being the first Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident in the fleet and the 100th new bus.

Also released in August 1999 was the Dennis Dart SLF with Plaxton Pointer bodywork. This carried the standard livery. This new model was the first to carry NWFB branding on the base of the model, and is known as Model No 99004 in Hong Kong. Subscribers to EFE were given an opportunity to purchase this model, known as Model No 26901 in the UK.

Model No 99005, another Dennis Dart, was issued in November 1999, and carries the 'fruit' livery celebrating the first anniversary of the Company. The model comes in an attractive 'fruit box', whilst inside the limited edition certificate is in the shape of an orange.

To celebrate the start of the year 2000, New World First Bus applied a special livery to Alexander bodied Trident No 1008. Model No 99006 follows the example of the previous NWFB issues, having NWFB on the baseplate. The model comes with a key, which when inserted into the underside rear of the model, opens the engine cover!

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, NWFB specially decorated a 'Dragon Bus of Prosperity' with New Year greetings. The model was released at the end of February 2000.

After a spell of almost five months without releasing a model, as buses do, two came along at once! These were short Leyland Fleetlines, and were the first in the 'Heritage Collection' series. First was SF8, which carries the green/white/orange version of the route 15 "Peak" livery. Second was SF31, in purple livery, again advertising route 15 to The Peak. It was around about this time that the actual SF31 arrived back in this country, making its way to the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum. Both models are produced by Collector's Model.

Announced towards the end of August 2000, was the third model in the 'Heritage Collection' series. NWFB had applied special decals to LV30, to commemorate the end of twenty years service of the Leyland Victory in Hong Kong. The model is a Corgi casting and is expected to be released in late September.

New World First Bus have a policy of not releasing any of their models, with the exception of the EFE/NWFB Dennis Dart in standard livery, in the UK. As a result, premium prices apply to all their models in the UK.

Since the launch of their Cybershop in July 2000, NWFB's own model number (product number) has been retrospectively applied to their previously issued Corgi models. This number consists of five digits, the first two representing the year in which the model was released, whilst the last three indicate whether it was the first, second or third issue in that year -  e.g. model number 98001 was the first model released in 1998, whilst model number 99003 was the third to be issued in 1999. With the arrival of the year 2000, this policy changed slightly, and NWFB is now using the series 2xxxx, the first issue being 20001.
 

 Table listing New World First Bus releases in date order
(All Model Nos. are those issued by NWFB, unless otherwise stated)
 Model
No.
Make
of model
Vehicle
Livery
Fleet
No.
Route
No.
Quantity
Date
Issued
1998
98001
  (44401)*
 Corgi  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
 Original 'Wave' livery
1001
2
12,000
08/98
98002
  (43211)*
 Corgi  Volvo Olympian 
 Alexander
 Standard 
 'This bus has ears'
VA54
116
5,000
12/98
98003
  (43212)*
 Corgi  Volvo Olympian 
 Alexander
 Standard 
 'Didn't recognise me did you?'
VA57
970
5,000
12/98
1999
99001
  (43213)*
 Corgi  Volvo Olympian 
 Alexander
 Standard 
 'We must stop meeting like this'
VA60
112
 5,000
01/99
99002
  (44402)*
 Corgi  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
 God of Wealth/Wish Bus
1088
n/a
5,000
06/99
99003
  (44505)*
 Corgi  Dennis Trident
 Duple Metsec
 100th new bus decals
3001
112
5,000
08/99
05/01
99004
 (26901)*
 Drumwell/ 
 EFE
 Dennis Dart SLF 
 Plaxton Pointer
 Standard
2001
M21
6,888
2,000
08/99
11/99
99005
 Drumwell  Dennis Dart SLF 
 Plaxton Pointer
 First Anniversary 
 fruit bus
2028
19
3,888
11/99
2000
99006
 Drumwell  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
 Millennium 2000 
1008
18
3,888
01/00
20001
 Drumwell  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
 Dragon Bus of Prosperity
1087
8
3,888
02/00
20002
 Collector's 
 Model
 Leyland Fleetline SF 
 Alaxander
 Route 15 Peak 
 green/orange livery
SF8
15
1,800
07/00
20003
 Collector's 
 Model
 Leyland Fleetline SF
 Alexander
 Route 15 Peak
 purple livery
SF31
15
1,800
07/00
20004
  (44805)*
 Corgi  Leyland Victory Mk2 
 Alexander
 Standard with 
 Farewell Victory decals
LV30
9
5,000
10/00
06/01
20005
(hkbus1001)*
 CM 
 Northcord
 Volvo Super Olympian
 Alexander ALX500
 Standard
5011
796X
5,000
11/00
2001
20006
 Drumwell  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
 Snake Bus of Bliss
1028
M590
3,888
01/01
20007
(DW10104)*
 Drumwell  Neoplan Centroliner  Original wave livery
6008
2X
2,928
960
05/01
07/01
hkbus1002
 CM 
 Northcord
 Volvo Super Olympian
 Alexander ALX500
 Ultra Heroes
5007
8
4,000
08/01
2002
20008
(hkbus1003)*
 CM 
 Northcord
 Volvo Super Olympian
 Alexander ALX500
 Euro III buses 
 lead the pace
5070
2
2,500
01/02
20009
 Drumwell  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
 Festival Bus of Harvest
1131
106
2,500
02/02
20010
(hkbus1004)*
 Creative Master 
 Northcord
 Volvo Super Olympian
 Alexander ALX500
 Standard with 
 spring calf decals
5029
796A
1,800
06/02
20011
 Drumwell  Dennis Condor 
 Duple Metsec
 Bye, Bye my hot dog
DM28
94
2,000
08/02
2003
20012
 Drumwell  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
 Joyous bus of sheep
1109
101
2,000
01/03
20013
 Drumwell  Dennis Condor 
 Duple Metsec
 Standard with 
 www.nwfb.com.hk banner
DA86
38
1,500
06/03
20014
 Drumwell  Neoplan
 Centroliner
 5th Anniversary
6028
720
2,888
08/03
2004
20015
 Jotus.com  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
 Fortune Bus of Monkey
1083
680
1,288
01/04
2005
20016
 Jotus.com  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
 The Energetic Bus of Rooster
1128
2A
1,288
06/05
20017
(hkbus1006)*
 Creative Master 
 Northcord
 Volvo Super Olympian
 Alexander ALX500
 Standard
5103
682
1,200
12/05
03/06
2006
20018
 Model Bus
 Evolution
 Dennis Dragon 
 Duple Metsec
 Year of the Dog
DA93
18
688
03/06
2007
20019
(MB110N)*
 Model Bus
 Evolution
 Dennis Dragon 
 Duple Metsec
 Year of the Pig
DA95
905
888
02/07
20020
(39701)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
 10th Anniversary HKSAR
1068
101
1,250
07/07
20021
(39602)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Dennis Trident
 Duple Metsec
 Standard
3601
26
2,000
10/07
2008
20022
(MB111N)*
 Model Bus
 Evolution
 Dennis Dragon 
 Duple Metsec
 Year of the Rat
DA96
113
1,000
02/08
20023
(80891)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
 Standard with 
 10th Anniversary decals
5501
8P
1,400
09/08
20025
(MB112)*
 Model Bus
 Revolution
 Dennis Dragon
 Duple Metsec
 Standard
DA93
M590
1,680
11/08
2009
20024
(80893)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
 Year of the Ox
5508
112
1,500
01/09
20026
(80895)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
 Standard
 with Euro 4 decals
5502
4
1,300
02/09
20029
(80897)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
 Standard
5517
2X
1,500
05/09
20028
(92204)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Volvo Olympian
 Alexander
 Standard
VA60
2
1,500
06/09
20027
(10108)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Neoplan Centroliner  Standard
6001
8P
1,380
06/09
20030
(16002)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Dennis Trident
 Alexander ALX500
 Original wave livery
1001
701
1,200
09/09
2010
20031
(80899)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
 Year of the Tiger
5501
601
1,288
02/10
2011
20032
(80811)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
 Year of the Rabbit
5503
111
1,088
01/11
20033
(92210)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Volvo Olympian
 Alexander
 Rickshaw
 Sightseeing Bus
VA51H21,50008/11
2012
20034
(80813)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
 Year of the Dragon55386801,08801/12
20036
(80814)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
 Standard55379481,38803/12
20035
(38506)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Dennis Trident
 Alexander ALX500
 Standard10397981,38803/12
2013
20037
(80816)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
 Year of the Snake55533071,08802/13
20039
(38707)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Dennis Trident
 Alexander ALX500
 Standard1657191,38808/13
20040
(80890)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Dennis Condor 
 Duple Metsec
 StandardDM1841,48808/13
80819* 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
 Standard551818P1,50009/13
20041
(38512)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Dennis Trident
 Alexander ALX500
 Hong Kong - Asia's World City10141061,00011/13
20044
(MB113)*
 Model Bus
 Evolution
 Dennis Dragon 
 Duple Metsec
 St JohnDA935901,38812/13
2014
20043
(80899)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
 Year of the Horse55396821,08801/14
20042
(80815)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
 Asia World City55051121,50003/14
2015
20045
(80822)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
 Year of the Goat55687201,08802/15
20046
(63306)*
 Model 1 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG hybrid
 Hybrid decals560081,44407/15
20047
(63307)*
 Model 1 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG hybrid
 Hybrid decals560081,44407/15
2016
20048
(80554)*
 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG
 Year of the Monkey561821,20001/16
20049
(63310)*
 Model 1 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG
 Standard56108P88903/16
20050
(63311)*
 Model 1 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG
 Standard463910688903/16
84003 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Dennis Trident
 Alexander ALX500
 Daikin (blue)10231870003/16
20051
(63312)*
 Model 1 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG
 Rickshaw
 Sightseeing Bus
5663H188806/16
20052
(63011)*
 Model 1 Volvo Olympian
 Alexander (12m)
 Route 18X brandingVA7518X98908/16
20053
(63012)*
 Model 1 Volvo Olympian
 Alexander (12m)
 Route 798 brandingVA7679898908/16
20054
(63013)*
 Model 1 Volvo Olympian
 Alexander (12m)
 Driver recruitment decalsVA6711168808/16
84005 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Volvo B10TL
 Alexander ALX500
 Daikin (purple)506872045008/16
20055
(63430)*
 Model 1 Dennis Trident
 Alexander ALX500 (part open top) (12m)
 Rickshaw
 Sightseeing Bus
1215H1119408/16
20056
(63431)*
 Model 1 Dennis Trident
 Alexander ALX500 (part open top) (12m)
 Rickshaw
 Sightseeing Bus
1217H1119408/16
180126 Best
 Choose
 Dennis Condor
 Duple Metsec
 'Be a voter'DL431032509/16
180127 Best
 Choose
 Dennis Condor
 Duple Metsec
 'Be a voter'DL438232509/16
20057
(63331)*
 Model 1 Alexander Dennis
 'Facelift' Enviro500
 Standard5705970X80011/16
20058
(63332)*
 Model 1 Alexander Dennis
 'Facelift' Enviro500
 Standard570072080011/16
20059
(63333)*
 Model 1 Alexander Dennis
 'Facelift' Enviro500
 Standard5670796C80011/16
CR168001 80M Bus
 Model Shop
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG
 'Hang Heung Cake Shop'-11648011/16
2017
20060
(63338)*
 Model 1 Alexander Dennis
 'Facelift' Enviro500 (12m)
 Year of the Rooster56861011,31801/17
20061 ? Alexander Dennis
 'Facelift' Enviro500 (12.8m)
 Standard61038P800due
20062 ? Alexander Dennis
 'Facelift' Enviro500 (12.8m)
 Standard61042A800due
20063 ? Alexander Dennis
 'Facelift' Enviro500 (12.8m)
 Standard611282X800due

* - These are the model/product numbers as used by the manufacturer
* model is one of three contained in a gift set for Hongkong Post

models generally only issued in Hong Kong - any UK release dates and quantities are shown in blue
 

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