- announced on 13th April 2018 was the planned release
(expected May) of six New World First Bus 12 metre Alexander
ALX500 bodied Volvo 'Super Olympians'. They will
fleet nos. 5002, 5012, 5040. 5052, 5084 and 5103.All were eventually released on 21st December 2018.
New World First Bus took delivery of 103 Volvo 'Super Olympians'
during a period of just over three years. The first batch
totalled forty (5001-40) and these were registered in July and August
1999. A further
batch of twenty (5041-60) were registered between October 2000
February 2001. Next came a batch of nineteen (5061-79)
registered in July and August 2001 - these featured Euro III engines.
Ten more (5080-89) followed in November and December 2001.
Interestingly, the first seven of this batch carried old registration
numbers that had previously been carried by China Motor Bus buses and
service vehicles. The
final batch of fourteen (5090-5103) were registered in October and
November 2002. This final batch featured the rear route number box
above the upper rear emergency window (see photograph below).